Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier Wins 2019 WSOP Europe Colossus

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Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier wins 2019 WSOP Europe Colossus
Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier wins 2019 WSOP Europe Colossus for his second career gold bracelet (photo: WSOP)

Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier won his second career World Series of Poker gold bracelet on Monday, taking top honors in the 2019 WSOP Europe €550 Colossus. Grospellier topped a field of 2,738 entries to win €190,375 and with it came the close of WSOP Europe.

The win gave Grospellier his second career gold bracelet. His first came in 2011 when he won the $10,000 Seven Card Stud event for $331,639.

€550 Colossus Final Table Results

1st: Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier – €190,375
2nd: Avraham Dayan – €117,630
3rd: Marian Kubis – €86,172
4th: Mick Heder – €63,670
5th: Dieter Becker – €47,452
6th: Christoph Peper – €35,674
7th: Sergii Karpov – €27,057
8th: Alessandro Pezzoli – €20,703
9th: Francesco Candelari – €15,984

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Grospellier entered the final day of play in sixth place on the leaderboard with 11 players left. Among the group was Shaun Deeb, who needed to finish fifth or better to win the 2019 WSOP Player of the Year award. Deeb was ahead of Grospellier in chips to start, but he slid early and it led to a big clash between the two.

On the QcTc9sTd board, Deeb and Grospellier got the money in. Deeb had the Jh9d for two pair and Grospellier had the Jd8d for a flopped straight. The river was the Ah and it was the end of the road for Deeb, who busted in 11th place. With Deeb’s bust, Daniel Negreanu was crowned the 2019 WSOP Player of the Year.

That hand helped Grospellier enter the final table of nine in third chip position, and then he watched as Avraham Dayan knocked out Francesco Candelari in ninth place and Alessandro Pezzoli in eighth.

Next to go was Sergii Karpov in seventh place, after he busted to Marian Kubis, and then Mick Heder knocked out Christoph Peper in sixth.

While the first bust outs of the final table were happening, Grospellier was getting shorter. He eventually found a double up against Dieter Becker, then he boosted his stack even more against Dayan during the same blind level. After the blinds ticked up, Grospellier clashed with Becker for what was a very pivotal hand. Becker had open-shoved with the KdJc and ran into Grospellier’s AsKc. Grospellier’s hand held and Becker was left with only a handful of chips. He was eliminated shortly thereafter in fifth place.

With the wind at his sails, Grospellier took his Ah8h up against the Ac9s of Heder in preflop all-in action. Grospellier flopped an eight and held from there to send Heder to the rail in fourth.

Grospellier then busted Kubis in third place to set up the heads-up battle with Dayan. Entering heads-up play, Grospellier had 42 million to Dayan’s 25.85 million.

Dayan won the first pot, but it didn’t take long for Grospellier to extend his lead. Eventually, the money went in with Grospellier holding pocket tens to Dayan’s dominated AcTc. No help came for Dayan and he was gone in second place.