Jean-Robert Bellande is the poker pro you love to hate but he’s a survivor in more ways than one. He’s lived like millionaire for years despite living on the edge of being broke and he loved playing the villain the TV show Survivor. We caught up with Jean-Robert in Vegas the day before this year’s World Series of Poker first event to see how his new found fame has changed his life, what crazy prop bets he’s gotten himself into this year and how he started his rise to poker stardom.
Poker Lizard: I know it was right in the middle of the world series of Poker Online Indonesia Terbaik a couple of years ago, so It kind of had to be somewhat of a tough decision.
Jean-Robert: Actually TV-wise, I can understands the decision on the part of ABC or ESPN because I mean that is what the public is interested in. The general public does not really understand games like HORSE and Pot Limit Omaha. They have been spending a lot of time educating the public which I think they could have benefited from this year. The last three years had been televising the $50k HORSE event, , they have been educating the public and I think they get more viewers each year, so this year they might have got more than last year, but the bottom line is people would rather see No Limit Hold’em. With this 40K that they are basically guaranteed that they are going to have big names at the final table because half the field is going to be all big names.
Why? Well, although a session of erotic female entertainment (you know what I mean) seems to be a favorite trend for bachelor parties, you need to consider that it might not be something that interest the groom. Not all men enjoy looking at someone else dancing around half naked other than the woman of his life.
Jean-Robert: Not so much in action junkie. I do love being in action, but I am alright not be in action. I just spent a couple of weeks in Cyprus and Istanbul and the guys were trying to get me to play poker. I told them, “We’re in Greece, why do I want to play poker? I’m loving this; This is fantastic and we play poker all the time.” I do enjoy being in action, but I do not consider myself a junkie.
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Jean-Robert: I definitely know some people who might turn that down, Huck for instance [laughs] pretty much. For me the best way to get over somebody is get with someone new. That is my answer.