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PostSubject: Top 10 Stories of 2011: #7, Grospellier and Cody Complete Poker's Triple Crown   Sat Dec 31, 2011 1:34 am

Top 10 Stories of 2011: #7, Grospellier and Cody Complete Poker's Triple Crown
December 26 2011, Mickey Doft

To achieve what has been dubbed poker's Triple Crown requires a player to win a tournament on the European Poker Tour, World Poker Tour, and at the World Series of Poker. The list of players to accomplish this feat is short, as the WPT was launched in 2002 and the EPT was created in 2004.
Player EPT Win WPT Win WSOP Win
Gavin Griffin Grand Final (2007) Borgata Winter Open (2008) $3,000 Pot-Limit Hold'em (2004)
Roland de Wolfe The Irish Masters (2006) Grand Prix de Paris (2005) $5,000 PLO Hi/Lo (2009)
Several players were one leg away from joining this list, and over the course of the 2011 poker schedule, two of them made it happen.
Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier
Ever since Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier's 2008 eruption onto the live tournament scene, the poker world was waiting for his WSOP breakout party. Unfortunately, with only five combined cashes at the 2009 and 2010 WSOPs and WSOPEs, Grospellier was unable to shine on the world's biggest poker stage.
However, that all changed this summer.
“ElkY” finally hit it big this summer at the WSOP, capturing a WSOP bracelet to go along with his January 2008 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (EPT) victory and his October 2008 Festa Al Lago (WPT) win. He was already among the best players to have never won a bracelet and it was only a matter of time before he did so. However, it was in what event he won his bracelet that many find most impressive.
Grospellier raised a few eyebrows in the event he played immediately before his bracelet win. It was the $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball World Championship and with an 11th-place showing, Grospellier notched his first live non-hold'em cash on record. On the heels of that result, Grospellier entered the $10,000 Seven-Card Stud World Championship. What happened from there? He defeated a top-notch field of 126 players to earn his first bracelet. Here was his day-by-day path leading to the final table.
Starting Field Day 1 Result Day 2 Result Final Table Standing to Start
126 25 of 87 3 of 14 3 of 8
Although Grospellier scored only one elimination at the final table, it was the one that counted. To even be in position to do so was quite the achievement, one that he will no doubt always remember. He began heads-up play against Steve Landfish at a modest 1.5:1 chip disadvantage, but Landfish had the upper hand for the beginning portion of the heads-up duel and increased to a whopping 24:1 chip lead at one point. However, a resilient and determined Grospellier stormed back to join the short list of Triple Crown winners.

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