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On January 10, 2008, Bertrand "Elky" Grospellier won the first big tournament of 2008, the EPT in the Bahamas, along with 1.7 million dollars. On that day he was declared the number one French poker player by the site of the French Federation of Poker Players (FFJP) and was also declared the number one player in the world by the Card Player site. Four months later, things have changed, and new faces have now risen in these rankings.
French Rankings (Source: FFJP)
Let's begin with the rankings according to the Federation of French Poker Players (FFJP) in which Bertrand "Elky" Grospellier remains ahead with 45,995 points. His huge victory at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure has still not been matched and probably won't be any time soon. However, since then Elky has yet to achieve a big follow-up win and finished 5th during a $2000 No Limit Hold'em Event at the Wynn Casino in Las Vegas on March 13 2008. Not a huge deal for Elky who nonetheless remains comfortably enthroned above all other French players.
However, the face of his heir has recently changed. Arnaud Mattern, the winner of the Prague EPT in December of 2007 just lost his place to Antony Lellouche. With 30,932 points and second place at the most recent EPT event in San Remo, Lellouche is climbing in the rankings as Mattern slips to third with 22,606 points.
As for the rest of the ranking players Eric LarchevÃªque is making a comeback and is now in 4th place with 18,573 points. His recent performance, including his 8th place finish at the Main Event of the Irish Open in March 2008 ($118.224) surely has something to do with his success. Another rising star, Eric Koskas, who finished 4th at the EPT event in San Remo, recently broke into the Top 20 with 11,851 points.
World Rankings (Source: CardPlayer)
At the international level, things have changed significantly since the beginning of 2008. At the top of the list, the winner of the Dortmund EPT, Michael Macdonald, has succeeded Elky. Just behind him is Phil Ivey with $1,487,214 in winnings and his first WPT title from the L.A Poker Classic of February 28 2008.
At third place in the rankings no one is surprised to see David "The Dragon" Pham. He was elected the best tournament player of 2007 and has already been seated at five final tables of major tournaments. Pham has achieved this ranking less because of earnings than because he has consistently placed well.
After having been first at the beginning of the year, Bertrand "Elky" Grospellier now finds himself in 5th place, just behind the recent winner of the Bay 101 Shooting Star, Brandon Cantu. However, in our exclusive interview with him, Grospellier stated his goal of being in 1st place at the end of the year as well as taking another EPT title. The Monte Carlo European Poker Tour, which will take place from the 12th until the 17th of April would be an ideal occasion to realize this dream. Stay tuned...