This was a “dream come true” for ElkY who had started his poker career on PokerStars, but also opened up new opportunities for him. Until then, ElkY had focused primarily on cash games, however, he started to play tournaments as part of his agreement as a Team PokerStars Pro. As he grew more familiar with tournaments, ElkY became more and more interested in tournament strategy, until finally his focus was entirely on winning tournaments.
In 2008, came ElkY’s first huge career break in the poker world. He won the prestigious PCA (PokerStars Caribbean Adventure) 2008. Defining this was a particularly key win for him as it is one of the biggest tournaments for PokerStars players “more than any other on the planet and was my 1st tournament win, the biggest, in an unreal atmosphere.” Many of his friends were at the PCA who had supported him throughout his journey in poker until then, making it one of his amazing memories.
Another significant tournament in ElkY’s opinion was WPT Festa Al Lago in 2008 where he dominated the tournament from start to finish. “It was such a surreal feeling too, because I made some of the sickest plays during that one, and I felt like I never missed a beat.” This tournament was also really well timed for him, as it was about the time where he decided to become more ‘professional’ in his approach to poker, and this clearly paid off instantly.
ElkY proved himself as a poker all rounder in the WCOOP 2009 with 2 victories! Even though he was originally an online player, with a StarCraft background and online PokerStars play, the prestigious online tournament victories had so far eluded him.
He had had success in 2008 WCOOP, however, he had never actually won a big online tournament, so winning 2 almost back to back in the most prestigious online tournament series meant a lot to him.
It was with the WSOP 2011 that ElkY forged his place forever, among the small elite of premier poker players. These poker players have achieved the Poker’s Triple Crown. To achieve this, a player must win an EPT (PCA 2008), a WPT (Fiesta Al Lago 2008) and a WSOP bracelet (WSOP 2011). No mean feat! However, with ElkY’s determination and talent, he won’t rest on his laurels – so we can look forward to seeing much more from this very special player.