Interview With Poker Professional and Survivor China Contestant Jean-Robert Bellande

Jean-Robert Bellande is the poker pro you adore to dislike but he is a survivor in much more methods than a single. He is lived like millionaire for a long time in spite of dwelling on the edge of being broke and he loved taking part in the villain the Television set present Survivor. We caught up with Jean-Robert in Vegas the working day ahead of this year’s World Collection of Poker 1st function to see how his new discovered fame has modified his life, what mad prop bets he’s gotten himself into this calendar year and how he started his increase to poker stardom.
PokerLizard: So how is registration for the Entire world Collection heading, they usually look to make a few screw ups together the way? Is it likely efficiently or is there a massive line of the people?
Jean-Robert: I just went in excess of there and there was no line, I just registered now.
PokerLizard: Are you heading to engage in in the 40K?
Jean-Robert: I am truly not heading to play in the 40K now, way too huge a acquire in.
PokerLizard: Positive, why not just enjoy in the more compact events in which it is a bunch of donkeys? Playing in the 40K, will be good for publicity if you make the closing desk to be on Television but it looks like the subject will be way as well hard not to point out the large buyin.
Jean-Robert: Yeah it is challenging discipline equity sensible it is not a great price. May possibly be it is good for men and women who have a great deal of cash and want to get a bracelet because it is likely to be a smaller sized field than I experienced imagined with someplace between 200 and 300 men and women. The Tv price is there, but it is only two hours of television time, and no real guarantee of obtaining on Tv set.
PokerLizard: What you feel about the options for the televised Entire world Collection of Poker only possessing four events televised. The $40k, Primary Celebration, Ante up for Africa charity occasion, and the Tournament of Champions function with all the earlier champions.
Jean-Robert: Truly Television-wise, I can understands the decision on the part of ABC or ESPN since I suggest that is what the general public is fascinated in. The general community does not truly realize video games like HORSE and Pot Restrict Omaha. They have been paying a lot of time educating the general public which I believe they could have benefited from this year. The very last a few years experienced been televising the $50k HORSE celebration, , they have been educating the community and I feel they get a lot more viewers every single yr, so this year they may have acquired much more than final year, but the bottom line is individuals would relatively see No Limit Hold’em. With this 40K that they are generally confirmed that they are going to have huge names at the closing desk because 50 % the discipline is likely to be all big names.
Jean-Robert: Half the field is heading to be large names and actually really excellent players for the certain star studded final table. It is the very same thing with the Match of Champions then you have acquired the main event. I would not be surprised if there are far more big names further in the tournament this calendar year simply because they have presented us thirty,000 in starting chips rather of 20k. the more starting up chips you happen to be presented it makes it more demanding deeper in the match.
Jean-Robert: Yeah, so for them I consider it is a excellent decision but for poker gamers of training course more televised function is much better. We would like that. Yeah, I can comprehend why they would do that.
PokerLizard: Appropriate, just the cost to placing it all collectively is heading to be a lot more affordable than to adhere all around as extended to pay out Norman Chad his huge wage.
Jean-Robert: I do not feel that is the situation. I know there are even now a lot far more taped times this 12 months. I would not be amazed if the viewership on ESPN 360 goes way up. I know that they are going to be exhibiting really a few of the events on-line.
PokerLizard: That must be quite amazing. How several events are you likely to play?
Jean-Robert: I am genuinely likely to see as we go. Very last year I think I performed like 23 activities previous calendar year. I was looking at the functions that I am fascinated in. I am actually intrigued in 42 different events, they overlap each and every other, but I would imagine that I would most likely conclude up taking part in someplace among 20 and 25 occasions once more this calendar year.
PokerLizard: How hard is it to enjoy that many, I suggest it has obtained to be brutal mental and bodily grind, just to get up each and every morning.
Jean-Robert: There will come a time like appropriate now I am so excited about it, I do not see myself acquiring worn out at minimum for the first 7 days or so, but afterwards there arrives a time when you just do not even really feel like playing the following day and when that takes place to me I am just not going to play that working day. I will just consider a day off or a couple of days off because each and every time I enjoy I genuinely want to be there so when I get knocked off I’ll depart the Rio proper away, get clean air go hold out by the pool, dangle out with friends or go to movies, so that I am completely ready to go back in there and be refreshing for the subsequent match.
PokerLizard: So do you have any specific objectives for this 12 months. finally get in excess of that hump and win that bracelet?
Jean-Robert: Absolutely, receiving a bracelet is a really large priority to me. I’ve fairly a lot shown consistent revenue in the entire world sequence more than the last few a long time, but bracelets are really large for me so I am going to engage in far more scaled-down occasions than I performed in the previous. I feel I’ve labored out some of the kinks in my recreation to be able to get deeper in individuals tournaments. They are the very best benefit tournaments if you can get previous that initial dinner break, you are in fairly very good form since the area is typically so significantly weaker than the greater buyins. The huge name gamers mostly want to enjoy the 5K events and 10K occasions, so you are hunting at significantly less expertise in the scaled-down events, so I am actually likely to be focusing on the little occasions this calendar year.
PokerLizard: Do you have a difficult time even observing the activities that you have performed in the past, when you came so near to a bracelet?
Jean-Robert: It is brutal very last yr I experienced the nine to 1 chip lead for the bracelet. Part of the reason why I have gotten there is that my style of play is heading to get me rewarded with huge chips, men and women are likely to call me down and spend me off and I am quite confident about becoming in a position to get there once more and again. Do not be stunned that once I get my first bracelet I do not conclude up with two or three.
PokerLizard: Someone pops up and wins two or three every year. Why not you? Why not me? Why not?
Jean-Robert: Tom Schneider a few of several years in the past. Yeah, so everyone is acquiring in city appropriate now. There is kind of nostalgic feeling, absolutely everyone is receiving variety of enthusiastic. You can see men and women have been prepared for the sequence.
Jean-Robert: I may even engage in in a $1500 super satellite to the 40k tonight due to the pleasure. I would like to try to get into the 40K but I have no issues missing it. I really do not.
PokerLizard: Yeah, it seems like they are getting it awfully early to produce buzz or no matter what. Do you feel they must have experienced it much more in the middle of the series?
Jean-Robert: Certainly would have preferred that due to the fact then I could get some winnings and enter. In any other case I would have to place 40K correct into that and be busted for the rest of the series.
PokerLizard: Yeah, unless you qualify by means of the satellite.
PokerLizard: Following all the bad beats, are you superstitious or anything at all like that?
Jean-Robert: I am not superstitious but I certainly think in luck. I know I will get there in the lengthy run, but getting in any 1 match is just the short operate. You can get all your money with the ideal hand and get unfortunate. It occurs all the time.
PokerLizard: For case in point, that main celebration hand final 12 months the place you received knocked out, you know the “bye bye” hand in which that dude hits his miracle card. You gotta be ill of viewing that hand on the WSOP reruns.
Jean-Robert: Well I celebrated prematurely then he gave me the “bye bye” just before his card arrived that’s rather sturdy. That was notably unlucky but if I get that hand I am effectively earlier mentioned the chip regular and am in very good condition in that area.
PokerLizard: Plus then you get a ton much more Tv set time, you are much more marketable, make far more money on the facet.
Jean-Robert: Specifically. ‘re right. Probably price me possibly 50 percent a million dollars in fairness.
PokerLizard: Speaking of marketability, you have been on Survivor and that should have been interesting being a poker player.
Jean-Robert: Actually when they questioned me initially to be on the present I turned them down then, after I believed about it, I realized this could deliver a great deal of very good issues for me advertising and marketing-sensible in addition the one in 16 shot at a million dollars, that is pretty very good fairness.
PokerLizard: I know it was appropriate in the center of the world sequence of poker a few of a long time in the past, so It type of had to be considerably of a difficult choice.
Jean-Robert: Yeah, that was brutal lacking the world collection but overall, it was worthwhile. I hated currently being out there, but it was great enjoyable to look at on Television set.
PokerLizard: Do they give you guys sun block and things out there or is it “hard shit”?
Jean-Robert: Yeah, there is some form of a like a solar block that also has like a insect repellant on it.
PokerLizard: I imply, naturally do not want anyone to die on television set.
Jean-Robert: We were totally covered with bugs. There is in fact a first support box off digicam which includes like tampons for the ladies and make contact with stuff for folks who use contacts, but there is no tooth brushes, toilet paper or anything like that. Yeah, you go out in the woods, dig a hole operate down a lake and wash up.
PokerLizard: Gross
Jean-Robert: [Laughs]
PokerLizard: What is the coolest point that has took place from you currently being on Survivor?
Jean-Robert: [thinks for awhile] Which is intriguing. 1 of the coolest factors is just a common recognition from the general public, when I was on the present, I believe most viewers most likely hated me or at minimum more than 50 % of them did. But in some way, when I run into individuals that are fans of the display, they all seem to be to adore me or my character. Perhaps that was like a fun character for them to view. It is humorous how every time I satisfy folks who watched it, they are really appreciative. It is funny, I know they hated my ass when I was on there.
PokerLizard: It has to do with the way they edit the demonstrate, I suggest this is the exact same way with the WSOP broadcasts. You’ve got received to have a villain on the demonstrate and you require to have a hero on the show.
Jean-Robert: Just.
PokerLizard: I imply fifty percent the time you had been most likely watching episodes wondering when did I say that or wow that was out of context? But since the digicam is there, men and women imagine what they see.
Jean-Robert: You are correct, you are right and even in the movie star apprentice they tried their hardest to make Annie [Duke] look like a jerk and make Joan Rivers appear very good. Annie nevertheless seemed like the considerably much better decision to acquire.
PokerLizard: How they picked Joan, I will in no way know, that demonstrate was just preposterous.
Jean-Robert: That was comprehensive theft.
PokerLizard: Lets get back to poker. So would you say your most significant step in poker was when you grew to become pals with Jeff Lisandro. How did you grow to be a excellent participant?
Jean-Robert: Definitely the couple of months that I invested in Europe with Jeff Lisandro that absolutely would be the most significant leap in my ability stage in poker. Simply because when I was in Prague, I was playing No Limit Hold’em each day and just genuinely started to recognize the game truly nicely. I was in Prague for about six months basically
taking care of the sport over there. Whilst undertaking that, I was also playing Sit N Go’s on the internet.
PokerLizard: Really?
Jean-Robert: Yeah, I would enjoy one hundred and two hundred dollar Sit N Go’s all working day long and I would just play until finally I experienced manufactured $1,000 everyday then I would stop. Sometimes it would take me couple of hrs, at times it may possibly consider me eight hrs, but I would basically do that till I was up $one,000 each day and I did that for 30 times straight, that actually was when I enhanced my No Limit match the most.
Jean-Robert: And the dynamics, the adjustments in the sport from full handed to limited handed engage in and hand values and what placement they are in. When anyone asks me about how to increase their game, I recommend taking part in a whole lot, a lot of Sit N Go’s.
PokerLizard: You complete an complete event in an hour and you discover so significantly.
Jean-Robert: Correct, even if you make just a little little bit of cash in grinding you are understanding so a lot about the game when you play them.
PokerLizard: So why did you occur house from Prague it is rather amazing more than there.
Jean-Robert: I arrived residence when it turned to wintertime over there. When I was there I imagined I wouldn’t by no means appear back again. I overlook it, I would like to go again sometime.

PokerLizard: So on Survivor they asked you? You failed to have to go via any of the BS to get on the present?
Jean-Robert: Nicely, even right after they request you to be on the present you nevertheless have to go by means of the audition process. Fundamentally at first I was not one of the 16, just that I produced the final forty and they ended up heading to chose the final sixteen. It is amusing simply because there was in fact discussion whether or not I would really be on the show. As soon as I was on it was this kind of a no brainer for them, they beloved me currently being on there. It was amusing, when I acquired knocked out the producer was bumming, they have been loving my character and story line and method. I was trying to be the most significant jerk achievable with no obtaining knocked off – they beloved it.
PokerLizard: Was there any influence on scores when you received knocked off?
Jean-Robert: Usually the ratings go up each and every 7 days as the present receives in close proximity to the conclude but they pretty considerably stayed constant with 15 to sixteen million men and women viewing each and every 7 days.
PokerLizard: You cannot defeat that exposure, even becoming on the WSOP.
Jean-Robert: Yeah, compared to the two million that watch the WSOP.
PokerLizard: So what you want to achieve by means of getting a poker professional fame? Fortune? just the flexibility to do, no matter what you want to do?
Jean-Robert: Properly, right now, I am actually hoping that the UIGEA (Illegal Internet Gambling Enforcement Act) gets repealed poker is beginning to dry up quite a bit, the recreation is getting tougher and more durable, folks are receiving far more educated. It’s not like the old days when you realized you ended up going to make x-amount of funds every month. It’s a grind, so I’m hoping poker opens up to the public like it was just before. When that takes place, some of us that have currently created a small little bit of a title for ourselves may possibly conclude up with some massive sponsorship bargains.
PokerLizard: I read on the web about Harrah’s setting up an online division. Which may be a great indicator that the UIGEA is likely away, so there is some hope.
Jean-Robert: Proper now, I have been actively playing a great deal of blended games that appear to be obtaining more and much more well-known. I’ve been trying to get Bodog to add some blended game titles. This is my next calendar year with Bodog and I’m emotion a small more comfy attempting to giving them some guidance.
PokerLizard: Them ultimately getting the bodog area again wont’ damage either.
Jean-Robert: When did they get the title back again?
PokerLizard: Really just recently back in April..
Jean-Robert: That is wonderful. Great information for me, have faith in me.
PokerLizard: Explain to me about your venture “Broke and Dwelling Like a Millionaire”
Jean-Robert: Were in fact capturing the pilot throughout the sequence. It is basically a life style piece about me It really is not so much about the poker, but the way of life that goes alongside with it. The psychological swings, the highs and lows, the struggle, the grind, the celebration. I believe it will be fascinating. There may also be a e-book in the performs.
PokerLizard: Possibly have some nuts prop bets?
Jean-Robert: There will be all sorts of things. Just recently Huck Seed presented me a bet. It will be a 2 mile race, me just managing vs . him in large heels running backward [laughs]. That sounds like a “lock” guess for me, but Huck will not get rid of as well numerous prop bets.
PokerLizard: All of his prop bets audio insane. Then he wins and you believe “he did that good deal easier than I anticipated”.
Jean-Robert: I believe I can operate my 2 miles like in 21 minutes.
PokerLizard: Two miles backward in Substantial Heels Just appears unattainable…
Jean-Robert: It does sound impossible, but he is almost certainly just heading to consider my money.
Jean-Robert: I have really received a good deal of people subsequent me on twitter right now. Fundamentally on twitter I am really open with what my bankroll in fact is (you can follow Jean-Robert’s twitter at BrokeLivingJRB his bankroll is currently at $3,seven hundred). The aim is to switch my tiny bit of practically nothing into a million bucks. Right now I consider I’ve acquired a thousand dollars that we are likely to try and figure out how to get to a million. Hopefully, we will do that winning some of these tournaments this Summer season.
PokerLizard: If you only have a grand, you’re certainly currently being backed for the sequence correct? Or is Bodog getting you into some activities?
Jean-Robert: Effectively, my offer with Bodog is not actually something I can talk about in as well a lot in depth, but as a member of crew bodog I signify them at any match I play during the 12 months. My bankroll determines what I am in a position to do so sometimes I buy myself in, often an individual provides me a freeroll or I might play a tournament with makeup. It really is a continuous hustle. I am thrilled to be with Bodog and I am actually obtaining completely ready to go engage in on Bodog correct now. I actually anticipate some incredible final results for the duration of the sequence this Summer and ideally income early so that I am bankrolled for the remainder of it.
PokerLizard: I study on the web that you preserve acquiring provided all these nuts discounts, for example 5 hole playing cards in Omaha, being on the button every hand, or money rebates for actively playing? Are these individuals nuts it seems like you can not lose in the prolonged run?
Jean-Robert: Properly the kid that gave me five playing cards will not be providing me five cards yet again which is for sure. The same kid who supplied me five playing cards also provided Barry Greenstein thirty% back again on his losses. Barry turned him down since there is genuinely nothing he can earn there. Both he is heading to win as predicted or he is heading to drop and this kid will get bagging legal rights. It is a lose-shed proposition.
I have had some other execs explain to me you have obtained big balls likely up from that because if I am beaten and I’ve gotten 5 playing cards it’s fairly embarrassing. In simple fact, a single of the journals in fact printed that the child did beat me which in no way occurred by the way, but I do not mind that acquiring out there because then other individuals are likely to want to spot me as nicely. I did have one or two other folks really giving me with same recreation and I will in no way flip down an further card in poker. You want to give me 5 cards, let’s play. You want to give me 6 we can play that too. I do not thoughts.
PokerLizard: So you like to engage in up the picture that you are a degenerate gambler to get action?
Jean-Robert: I do not know that I essentially play it up , I am just me and yeah confident I may have small bit of ego and all, but it is not large also to flip down acquiring a great place. I utilised to play pool and whenever there is a match up there is generally place that is presented and If a male offers you way too much fat, you are not likely to switch it down. Which is a very good gamble. If he offers me way too a lot weight and transpires to beat me effectively alright that implies he’ll just want to play once again tomorrow with the very same volume of bodyweight, so why not? judi poker is just a great selection generating and I have no problem with getting those places in cards. No problem.
PokerLizard: So you consider oneself an motion junkie? Have a tiny cash on the line like Phil Ivey just to make things exciting.
Jean-Robert: Not so significantly in motion junkie. I do love being in action, but I am alright not be in motion. I just put in a few of weeks in Cyprus and Istanbul and the men ended up making an attempt to get me to perform poker. I informed them, “We are in Greece, why do I want to enjoy poker? I’m loving this This is great and we perform poker all the time.” I do take pleasure in getting in motion, but I do not take into account myself a junkie.
PokerLizard: So you do not truly have any huge leaks that you want to plug? Baccarat? Dice? poker online ?
Jean-Robert: No, when I engage in those casino online games I will do it after in a even though for leisure, but it is not truly a leak. The leak in my sport is that I are likely to enjoy a lot as well higher for my bankroll. The folks who play in online games who need to have to have at the very least 200 or 300 huge bets in buy to play I can commend people folks, that’s great . I wish I could that, but for me if I see a reside one in a game and I have a couple moments the buyin I am likely to consider and perform. If I feel someone is likely to be providing absent money. That is a negative routine I have, taking part in also substantial for my bankroll.
PokerLizard: You have a great deal of friends in the poker globe, is it weird striving to take their cash every working day? Or do you try and continue to be out of every other’s way and carve up the fish?
Jean-Robert: It truly is intriguing that you say that simply because most likely 1 of my greatest pals in the planet is Joe Cassidy and he and I guess with each other nearly each solitary day. We do bet on every thing and have a bet on the Laker match today. I in fact desire beating friends out of their income. I like that it is retained in the household. If I get rid of funds to a good good friend it’s still household income. I dwell at Joe Cassidy’s property in Vegas so we’re each pleased when the other guy does effectively. Huck’s an additional man, we will constantly gamble collectively. Huck is a single of my closest pals but we will definitely consider and get over on each and every other by the way I do not advocate gambling against Huck. Not numerous men and women come out on the right aspect of that.
PokerLizard: Will not he have some weird fat guess with Hellmuth that he has to continue to be below a specific weight every single month for 10 years? And he has not dropped a solitary month?
Jean-Robert: Yeah, yeah I consider they just settled out of that one particular just recently.
Jean-Robert: The boys are coming more than here afterwards, Huck and Shieky are coming in excess of to look at the Laker match, play some pool and we will all be bettting. It is not just me and Joe. Joe’s got a large guess with John Hennigan on the 40k on how a lot of people are buying ‘s just continuous.
Jean-Robert: Any aspect bets I make outside of poker are inclined to be genuinely little. They are far more for entertainment.
PokerLizard: What do you feel you will be performing if was not a poker?
Jean-Robert: I would be in the nightclub enterprise, I used to promote golf equipment and then I owned my own club for awhile. I was really good at it and here in Vegas they run golf equipment a minor little bit in a different way but I have truly been studying what they have been undertaking listed here and I could discover myself back associated. Ideally I would like to be running a club and actively playing poker. Right now I am just focusing on poker and right after the Globe Collection I will sort our possibly receiving back into the club enterprise.
PokerLizard: Possibly parlay a massive rating this 12 months into your own club.
PokerLizard: What suggestions did you give to any individual that desires to aspire to be a pro poker player?
Jean-Robert: Nicely my guidance to them would be to do anything that I have not truly done well. That is to genuinely capitalize on all the totally free details out there the books, the DVD sets, the on-line education websites. So several of these things that took us months and even years to find out in live game titles you can discover just by studying and researching and studying yet again just kind it out. The game titles have advanced so considerably and the explanation why I feel these kids are so very good is because they have uncovered in a short time what took Doyle [Brunson] and Johnny Chan years and a long time to learn. Just take gain of the info that is offered.
PokerLizard: If you had been Matt Damon’s character in the motion picture Rounder’s, how prolonged would it get you to get with Famke Janssen right after your girlfriend kicked you to the control?
Jean-Robert: I undoubtedly know some men and women who may well change that down, Huck for occasion [laughs] fairly considerably. For me the very best way to get in excess of someone is get with a person new. That is my answer.
PokerLizard: Daniel Negreanu truly mentioned Damon would be far better off if he trapped with his girlfriend.
Jean-Robert: Properly we all know that Daniel likes the self ‘ll set any person on a far better hand and then phone in any case.
PokerLizard: ha. Many thanks for the job interview, wonderful occupation.
Jean-Robert: Thanks buddy.