ElkY takes down High-Roller title at EPT Madrid

Posted by Steve Ruddock on May 08, 2011 Posted in EPT News | No Comments »

Entering the final table of the €25,000 buy-in PokerStars EPT Madrid High-Roller tournament, Team PokerStars Pro Bertrand “ElkY” Grosspellier was way behind the chip-leaders, and somehow managed to hang around until three-handed play began –despite not being involved in any major confrontations—which is when ElkY finally woke-up and decided to start pushing the action.

The final table at the EPT High-Roller was absolutely stacked with poker’s best players; in addition to ElkY the final table included Team PokerStars Pro Vannessa Rousso, Full Tilt Pro Peter Jetten, PCA Champion Galen Hall, Brunson 10 member David Sands, as well as European poker talents Benny Spindler, Juha Helppi, and Alex Repik.

ElkY’s first big confrontation saw him eliminate Juha Helppi –who seems to be at every final table—which set up a heads-up duel between the French superstar and Germany’s Benny Spindler who took a 2-to-1 chip-lead into the heads-up battle. ElkY’s experience was apparent as he erased Spindler’s chip-lead and would go on to win the EPT Madrid High-Roller title as well as the €525,000 in first-place prize-money –bringing ElkY’s career tournament earnings over the $7 million mark according to thehendonmob.com.

Here is a look at the complete final table payouts for the tournament courtesy of the PokerStars blog:

1.    Bertrand “ElkY” Grosspellier, Team PokerStars Pro, France, €525,000
2.    Benny Spindler, Germany, €316,000
3.    Juha Helppi, Finland, €185,000
4.    David “DocSands” Sands, USA, €135,000
5.    Vanessa Rousso, Team PokerStars Pro, USA, €100,000
6.    Alex Repik, Russia, €72,000
7.    Galen Hall, USA, €57,500
8.    Peter Jetten, Canada ,€45,000

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