London based French poker player, Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier, is hoping to repeat his success of last year and add another title to his name in the fourth annual PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) which starts this Sunday 6th May and runs till 20th May.
In all, there will be 120 tournaments over the course of the event and 31 year old Grospellier will battle them all if he has to, and hopefully add to last year’s triumph when he took the $25,500 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em Heads-Up event for a prize of $112,500.
With two World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) titles already under his belt, the Frenchman recently triumphed in Berlin at the EPT Poker Tour and took first prize of $301,992 in the €10,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em Eight-Max Re-Entry event. Added to this, he came third in Monte Carlo in the EPT Grand Final €100,000 buy-in Super High Roller for a prize of $819,878.
These successes may move Grospellier to pole position in the Global Poker Index (GPI) 300. He said he felt “exceptionally blessed” by taking the “SCOOP title that was missing” from his list of successes. He went on to say one reason for returning to SCOOP this year was that due to his continual continental travel to compete in live events such as EPT and FPS he was finding it difficult to find a good online routine.
Because of this, the poker star believes SCOOP to be the ideal way to build and improve on his skills in online poker and he said he would compete in all events if it gives him the chance to gain a second title.
However, he remains modest about his chances of taking a second trophy, commenting that this year it will be even harder to take a title.