PokerStars Team Pro Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier yesterday published a blog on his site regarding his joy at returning to Seoul to take part in the PokerStars APPT Seoul. It is not purely because of the poker tournament but due to many other reasons, but mainly due to the love he has for the city. In his blog he lists the five top reasons just why he loves the city so much.
— Bertrand Grospellier (@elkypoker) March 23, 2014
For those of you that did not know, ‘ElkY’ actually lived in Seoul for seven years between 2000 and 2007, simply because before he was a poker player he actually made a living there as a professional gamer. He would regularly compete in championships for games such as StarCraft and WarCraft before he eventually turned his eye to poker.
“I couldn’t be more excited to finally be able to make the PokerStars APPT Seoul Stop, which will be from April 3-6.
I used to live in Seoul, Korea from 2000 till 2007. It is a city which I dearly love. If it wasn’t for poker and my traveling the circuit as a Pro with focus on the EPT, I might still live there. Nowadays I try to go once a year, as it holds a special place in my heart”.
You will have to head over to his blog to catch four of his reasons why he feels Seoul is so great but we will share with you one of them. He claims the city is so high tech, something that he absolutely loves.
“Seoul is one of the most well connected cities in the world, with free wifi spots available everywhere in the city.
Restaurants have call buttons on every table so you don’t have to wave over a server, movie theatres have option to choose seats like an airplane, and you can pay taxi drivers electronically without pulling out a credit card. Internet is probably the fastest in the world in most places; I recall being able to download entire movies in few minutes back in 2002!
The real reason for my move to Korea in the first place was of course their love for competitive video games, especially Starcraft back in the days. I once played in a Stadium of 20,000 people. Packed, of course! It’s a unique phenomenon that’s seen nowhere else in the world. It’s always a bliss to be able to casually turn on TV to watch top pros compete. I highly recommend visiting a pro-gaming house and/or watching a game live”.
We are sure he is going to have a great time returning to the city he loves, meeting up with some old friends and going back to some of his favourite places to eat. He will obviously be hoping that when he leaves it will be with an APPT title too. We will let you know how he does out there, the event will be starting on the 3rd of April and will finish on the 6th.