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2011 42nd Annual World Series of Poker

Sunday, June 12, 2011 to Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Event #21: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship

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  • Buy-in: $10,000
  • Prizepool: $1,184,400
  • Entries: 126
  • Remaining: 0


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Wednesday, June 15, 2011 1:46 AM Local Time

Bertrand Grospelier (Event #21 $10,000 Seven Card Stud Champion - $331,639)

In what was an epic, nearly four-hour heads up battle, Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier is the last man standing and the latest WSOP bracelet winner. After being down to less than 200,000 and at a nearly 24:1 deficit when the limits were 50,000-100,000, ElkY managed to storm back to take the lead against his heads up opponent Steve Landfish. The two exchanged the lead on numerous occasions afterwards but ElkY came through and win his first WSOP bracelet and the $331,639 that goes with it.

The day started with 14 players and we quickly lost several notables including Jason Mercier and Ville Wahlbeck. Sorel Mizzi and Men Nguyen were also knocked out while Nick Schulman lost moments after Nguyen and was the final table bubble boy.

Landfish, who entered the day as the chip leader, was near the top of the leaderboard for the final day all the way down to the final table. Chris Tryba was quickly eliminated at the final table while Kevin Tang, Chad Brown and Alexander Kostritsyn followed suit.

A key moment for Grospellier at the final table was when he doubled through Brown. Brown was ahead with a pair of aces on third and continued to stay ahead when he made two pair on sixth against the two pair and flush draw of ElkY. However Elky nailed a   to give him a diamond flush and the key double up.

John Hennigan entered the final table with a slight lead over Landfish but came in fourth after he took a big hit at the hands of Landfish and third place finisher Maxwell Troy, who had a very impressive run at the final table, in back to back hands.

When heads up play began, Landfish held a 2,260,000 to 1,520,000 lead over ElkY. Landfish quickly built on that lead and had ElkY extremely short. Amazingly, ElkY came all the way back to take the lead without even having been all in against his heads up opponent up to that point.

The two traded the chip lead back and forth until Grospellier landed a dramatic double up. He was all in on fourth and ahead with two pair, tens and eights. Landfish held a pair of kings but failed to improve as ElkY survived.

ElkY went on to take the lead, then give it back, but once he finally reclaimed it, that was all he would need.

On the final hand, Landfish was all in and at risk with    /   while ElkY held    /  . Grospellier made a pair of fives on fourth but Landfish picked up a flush draw. ElkY stayed in the lead on fifth while Landfish made a pair of fours. ElkY made two pair on sixth while Landfish failed to improve and when ElkY hit a full house on seventh, Landfish was drawing dead which gave ElkY the win.

The win gives ElkY the triple crown to go along with his '08 WPT Championship win for $1,411,015 and his PCA win for $2,000,000 earlier that year. He is this WSOP's second triple crown winner after Jake Cody and the fourth winner overall.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011 1:25 AM Local Time

Steve Landfish

Landfish:    /      /  
Grospellier:    /      /  

Bertrand Grospellier completed and then called the two bets when Steve Landfish raised. Landfish bet on the turn and was called before Grospellier raised on fifth street. Landfish put in three bets and Grospellier called that plus another bet on sixth street. Both players checked seventh and Landfish showed a massive missed draw holding of     for just a pair of threes. Grospellier flipped     for two pair and picked up the huge pot leaving Landfish with just about 300,000 remaining.

The rest of the chips went in as follows:

Landfish:    /      /  
Grospellier:    /      /  

Landfish started off ahead but then Grospellier made a pair of fives on fourth to go into the lead, Landfish continued to brick as Grospellier improved to two pair on sixth. Finally Landfish flipped his final card, it was the red   and offered Grospellier his hand. ElkY shook it and flipped the   to make an unneeded full house before going to celebrate with all the French supporters on his rail.

Landfish for his part takes home over $200,000 and memories of one of the most topsy-turvy heads up encounters we've seen at the WSOP this year.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011 1:13 AM Local Time

Grospellier:    /     
Landfish:    /      FOLDED

Bertrand Grospellier brought in and raised after Steve Landfish completed. Landfish re-raised and ElkY called. On the next two streets, Landfish bet and Elky Called. However on sixth ElkY bet which got Landfish to fold.

Bertrand Grospellier2,340,000310,000
Steve Landfish1,440,000-310,000
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 1:07 AM Local Time

We're now into the tenth level of the day. We're meant to stop in an hour, will this finish before then?

As you can tell by the action for the last four hours or so, we don't have a clue!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011 1:04 AM Local Time
Level: 28
Blinds: 100000/200000
Ante: 20000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 1:04 AM Local Time

Bertrand Grospellier

And when we bring in golf references, we mean them.

Landfish:    /      FOLDED
Grospellier:    /     

Steve Landfish completed then put in three bets when Bertrand Grospellier called, Landfish bet fourth street before check-calling on fifth. When ElkY hit his fourth club (the proverbial 'golf bag') Landfish simply open mucked, showing the  .

And with that the Frenchman retook the chip lead.


Bertrand Grospellier2,030,000590,000
Steve Landfish1,750,000-590,000
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 12:53 AM Local Time

Landfish:    /      /  
Grospellier:    /      /  

Steve Landfish brought in and called after Bertrand Grospellier completed. ElkY bet on fourth and Landfish called. Landfish was the one who bet on fifth when he paired up and ElkY called. Landfish bet again on sixth only to get raised by ElkY. Landfish called and seventh was checked by both players. Landfish showed     for two pair which was good as ElkY mucked. Landfish regained the chip lead once more.

Steve Landfish2,340,0001,080,000
Bertrand Grospellier1,440,000-1,080,000
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 12:50 AM Local Time

No, the chip lead didn't just swap again. Instead, here's a little further entertainment... Have you ever wondered what the inside of those giant trailers sitting in the parking lot of the Rio look like? Well, Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu gave us a tour inside his:

Wednesday, June 15, 2011 12:46 AM Local Time
Bertrand Grospellier2,520,000830,000
Steve Landfish1,260,000-830,000
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 12:45 AM Local Time

Heads Up: Bertrand Grospellier & Steve Landfish

Landfish:    /      FOLDED
Grospellier:    /     

Bertrand Grospellier had the bring in and called when Steve Landfish completed and then called again on fourth street. The action went check-check on fifth before Landfish bet his ace on sixth street, ElkY now raised and Landfish tank-folded as the Frenchman regained the chip lead.

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 12:37 AM Local Time

Grospellier:    /      /  
Landfish:    /      /  

Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier brought in and raised after Steve Landfish completed. Landfish re-raised and ElkY made the call. On fourth, there were fireworks and after a flurry of raises, ElkY was all in and at risk. He was ahead with two pair, tens and eights, but was certainly in danger against the kings of Landfish. As each card came out, both players failed to improve. It came down to seventh where Landfish turned over the   which didn't make him a better hand and ElkY dramatically doubled up as the crowd went wild!

Steve Landfish2,090,000-300,000
Bertrand Grospellier1,690,000300,000
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 12:26 AM Local Time

After losing a couple more pots, Bertrand Grospellier has managed to win a couple back to steady the ship in this topsy-turvy crazy madcap fest of non-stop street action that lurches one way then the other.

Landfish:    /      /  
Grospellier:    /      /  

Steve Landfish brought in and Bertrand Grospellier raised, as he does everytime he has the high card. Landfish called and then called a further bet on fourth. Grospellier slowed down and check-called bets on fifth and sixth before seventh was checked down. The Frenchman showed     for kings and it was enough for the pot.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011 12:16 AM Local Time

Bertrand Grospellier shows some frustration after losing a big pot.

Landfish:    /      /  
Grospellier:    /      /  

After winning a couple of hands following the break, Steve Landfish brought in and raised when Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier completed. ElkY re-raised and Landfish made the call as ElkY bet on fourth. Landfish called and he bet when he paired up on fifth. ElkY raised, Landfish re-raised and ElkY called. Landfish check-called ElkY's bet on sixth as well as on seventh leaving him with very little in chips behind. Landfish showed     for trips and ElkY couldn't muster a better hand and mucked.

Steve Landfish2,390,0001,600,000
Bertrand Grospellier1,390,000-1,600,000
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 12:08 AM Local Time
Level: 27
Blinds: 80000/160000
Ante: 20000
Tuesday, June 14, 2011 11:50 PM Local Time
Bertrand Grospellier2,990,000990,000
Steve Landfish790,000-1,010,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Tuesday, June 14, 2011 11:45 PM Local Time

The rail just booed as it was announced that the players will go on their last 20 minute break of the night.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011 11:44 PM Local Time

Landfish:    /      /  
Grospellier:    /      /  

Well this would be a crazy comeback. Bertrand Grospellier raised and then fired every street until sixth which went check-check. Landfish led out on seventh and Grospellier raised, when the former called, he was shown     for his troubles. ElkY's aces up winning the pot just before the break.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011 11:43 PM Local Time

Landfish:    /      /  
Grospellier:   /      /  

After Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier took down a couple of hands to chip up a bit, Steve Landfish brought in and called after ElkY completed. On all remaining streets ElkY bet and Landfish called. ElkY showed     for a royal flush draw on sixth that turned into a straight at the end which was good as Landfish mucked. And just like that, ElkY has taken over the lead once again.

Bertrand Grospellier2,000,000870,000
Steve Landfish1,800,000-850,000
Tuesday, June 14, 2011 11:37 PM Local Time

After losing several pots in a row and dropping down as low as 700,000, Bertrand Grospellier just picked another pot to put him back over the million chip mark.

Landfish:    /      /  
Grospellier:    /      /  

Grospellier raised and Steve Landfish made the call, the Frenchman fired on fourth before it went check-check on fifth. On sixth, Landfish bet and Grospellier called with the same action on seventh.

Landfish shook his head and showed a three, Elky flipping     for kings to take the pot.

Steve Landfish2,650,000-405,000
Bertrand Grospellier1,130,000405,000
Tuesday, June 14, 2011 11:29 PM Local Time

Heads Up: Bertrand Grospellier & Steve Landfish

Landfish:    /      /  
Grospellier:    /      /  

Steve Landfish raised and Bertrand Grospellier made it two bets, which Landfish called. Landfish check-called a bet on fourth street before check-raising on fifth, then betting out on sixth and seventh. ElkY called down these bets but couldn't beat Landfish's queens up for the pot.

Playtika - Jason Alexander