Poker pro Bertrand Grospellier raised a few eyebrows at online gambling company, PokerStars, Asian Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) Macau. The 27-year-old Frenchman drew plenty of attention to himself when he appeared dressed as the Joker from the latest Batman movie, causing much amusement and chatter among other players and spectators.
Grospellier, known as ‘ElkY’ in the poker community, made his name as an online gaming whiz in his youth, and was a regular at the World Cyber Games in South Korea where he specialised in the game Starcraft—at one point being one of the top-ranking players in the world.
Since channelling his talent into poker, ElkY has found great success on PokerStars.com. He has become one of PokerStars highest earners, and was the first player ever to reach the Supernova Elite level in the PokerStars VIP Club. But he’s not just an online specialist. He came second in the EPT Copenhagen event in 2007, taking home prize money of $399,953. Later that year, he made his first WSOP final table, finishing 9th in the $2,500 No Limit Hold’em event for $29,124. His finest hour came in early 2008 at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. ElkY beat a field of 1,013 to win a huge first prize of $2,000,000.
However, ElkY’s antics couldn’t chuckle him to the final table in Macau (or Hollywood for that matter), with the US’s Edward Sabat taking down the top prize of $453,851.