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Ahead of the launch of the new shared liquidity pool on partpoker.eu, partypoker has roped in top French poker pro Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier (cover image) as its latest team pro.
ElkY who sits on the no 1 position on Hendon Mob’s French all-time money list, with over $13,000,000 in live tournament cashes and almost $2,000,000 in online cashes, is best known as a Team PokerStars pro, a position he held for over a decade before parting ways with the site earlier this year.
ElkY followed in on the footsteps on another former Team PokerStars pro Isaac Haxton, who left the world’s largest online poker site to join partpoker in January this year. ElkY alongside Haxton comprise an elite team of partypoker pros that includes the likes of Fedor Holz, Sam Trickett, Patrick Leonard, Kristen Bicknell, Dzmitry Urbanovich and Jason Koon among others.
partypoker made the official announcement yesterday and ElkY will be seen sporting the partypoker patch for the very first time at the Millions Grand Final in Barcelona this week.
Speaking about his association with partypoker, ElkY said, “I am extremely enthusiastic about joining partypoker to actively support their efforts to bring back the ‘Poker First’ mentality, live and online. Our goal is to provide players and fans with an experience they deserve worldwide. partypoker will be aiming to bring their ambition, expertise and successful model to the .eu market with some big announcements coming soon.”
According to the partypoker blog announcement, ElkY in addition to assisting with the launch of partypoker.eu will also help facilitate effective communication channels between partypoker and the poker community.
“We are delighted that ElkY is joining us at partypoker. ElkY has a fantastic profile and has great experience both in France and across the world and this makes him a perfect ambassador for us ahead of the shared liquidity launch. We will be looking to translate recent successes we have seen in our dotcom market to the new .eu market and ElkY will be instrumental in helping us to achieve our goals,”said partypoker Managing Director Tom Waters, welcoming ElkY to the partypoker Team.
The new shared liquidity player pool will be launched later this month with both the .es and .fr players joining the new formed network on partypoker.eu. Currently PokerStars is the only operator enjoying shared liquidity player pools between the two countries.
partypoker has also announced that the Spanish client will be significantly upgraded to complement the launch and there will be software improvements made to both the Spanish and French clients in the next few months.
The new shared liquidity player pool is also expected to bring in a new MTT schedule and an overhauled MTT festival calendar for all players on the partypoker.eu network.