Job interview With Poker Professional and Survivor China Contestant Jean-Robert Bellande

Jean-Robert Bellande is the poker professional you adore to detest but he’s a survivor in more approaches than a single. He is lived like millionaire for a long time even with residing on the edge of being broke and he loved actively playing the villain the Tv set demonstrate Survivor. We caught up with Jean-Robert in Vegas the day just before this year’s Globe Collection of Poker very first celebration to see how his new found fame has transformed his lifestyle, what nuts prop bets he is gotten himself into this year and how he commenced his rise to poker stardom.
PokerLizard: So how is registration for the Globe Collection likely, they often look to make a handful of screw ups alongside the way? Is it likely easily or is there a huge line of the individuals?
Jean-Robert: I just went in excess of there and there was no line, I just registered now.
PokerLizard: Are you heading to enjoy in the 40K?
Jean-Robert: I am actually not going to enjoy in the 40K now, way too huge a buy in.
PokerLizard: Confident, why not just enjoy in the scaled-down activities in which it is a bunch of donkeys? Playing in the 40K, will be great for publicity if you make the ultimate table to be on Tv set but it appears like the discipline will be way also hard not to point out the huge buyin.
Jean-Robert: Yeah it is challenging field fairness clever it is not a great value. Could be it is good for men and women who have a great deal of cash and want to get a bracelet due to the fact it’s likely to be a more compact area than I experienced imagined with somewhere between 200 and 300 people. The Tv worth is there, but it is only two hrs of tv time, and no real guarantee of acquiring on Television.
PokerLizard: What you consider about the choices for the televised Globe Sequence of Poker only possessing four occasions televised. The $40k, Main Celebration, Ante up for Africa charity event, and the Event of Champions occasion with all the previous champions.
Jean-Robert: Really Television-clever, I can understands the choice on the part of ABC or ESPN because I mean that is what the general public is interested in. The common public does not truly understand video games like HORSE and Pot Limit Omaha. They have been spending a lot of time educating the general public which I believe they could have benefited from this calendar year. The very last a few several years had been televising the $50k HORSE event, , they have been educating the public and I feel they get a lot more viewers each and every calendar year, so this 12 months they might have got much more than final yr, but the bottom line is individuals would fairly see No Restrict Hold’em. With this 40K that they are basically certain that they are heading to have massive names at the ultimate desk due to the fact 50 percent the subject is likely to be all large names.
Jean-Robert: 50 percent the field is likely to be massive names and genuinely genuinely excellent players for the assured star studded last desk. It’s the same thing with the Tournament of Champions then you’ve got acquired the principal celebration. I would not be amazed if there are a lot more large names further in the tournament this year since they have offered us thirty,000 in beginning chips as an alternative of 20k. the far more commencing chips you’re presented it helps make it much more difficult further in the match.
Jean-Robert: Yeah, so for them I feel it’s a good selection but for poker players of training course more televised function is greater. We would like that. Yeah, I can comprehend why they would do that.
PokerLizard: Correct, just the price to putting it all collectively is heading to be a whole lot cheaper than to adhere all around as long to pay out Norman Chad his enormous salary.
Jean-Robert: I do not consider that is the case. I know there are even now a lot far more taped times this 12 months. I would not be shocked if the viewership on ESPN 360 goes way up. I know that they are going to be showing very a couple of of the functions on the web.
PokerLizard: That need to be quite amazing. How many occasions are you going to enjoy?
Jean-Robert: I am actually likely to see as we go. Final 12 months I think I played like 23 events very last year. I was hunting at the events that I am intrigued in. I am really interested in forty two distinct activities, they overlap each other, but I would picture that I would almost certainly end up enjoying somewhere amongst twenty and twenty five events once again this calendar year.
PokerLizard: How hard is it to enjoy that numerous, I suggest it has got to be brutal psychological and actual physical grind, just to get up each and every morning.
Jean-Robert: There comes a time like proper now I am so thrilled about it, I do not see myself acquiring worn out at the very least for the initial week or so, but afterwards there comes a time when you just do not even truly feel like playing the next working day and when that occurs to me I am just not heading to enjoy that day. I will just take a day off or a pair of days off simply because each and every time I enjoy I truly want to be there so when I get knocked off I’ll go away the Rio right away, get clean air go hold out by the pool, hang out with close friends or go to motion pictures, so that I am all set to go back in there and be new for the adhering to event.
PokerLizard: So do you have any specific ambitions for this calendar year. lastly get over that hump and win that bracelet?
Jean-Robert: Totally, acquiring a bracelet is a very substantial precedence to me. I have rather considerably proven regular profits in the globe series over the previous couple of several years, but bracelets are really big for me so I am going to enjoy far more more compact events than I played in the earlier. I feel I have worked out some of the kinks in my game to be ready to get deeper in people tournaments. They are the ideal worth tournaments if you can get previous that initial supper crack, you are in rather excellent form because the subject is typically so significantly weaker than the bigger buyins. The huge name gamers largely want to enjoy the 5K occasions and 10K occasions, so you are hunting at much less expertise in the scaled-down occasions, so I am truly likely to be focusing on the tiny activities this 12 months.
PokerLizard: Do you have a difficult time even observing the events that you have played in the earlier, when you arrived so close to a bracelet?
Jean-Robert: It is brutal final year I experienced the 9 to 1 chip direct for the bracelet. Part of the reason why I have gotten there is that my type of perform is likely to get me rewarded with massive chips, men and women are heading to get in touch with me down and shell out me off and I am fairly self-confident about currently being able to get there once again and again. Do not be stunned that after I get my first bracelet I never finish up with two or a few.
PokerLizard: Somebody pops up and wins two or a few every year. Why not you? Why not me? Why not?
Jean-Robert: Tom Schneider a pair of many years in the past. Yeah, so every person is getting in city proper now. There is variety of nostalgic feeling, absolutely everyone is acquiring variety of excited. You can see folks had been ready for the series.
Jean-Robert: I may possibly even play in a $1500 super satellite to the 40k tonight owing to the excitement. I would like to try to get into the 40K but I have no problems missing it. I really do not.
PokerLizard: Yeah, it looks like they are having it awfully early to develop excitement or whatever. Do you think they must have experienced it more in the center of the series?
Jean-Robert: Undoubtedly would have favored that since then I could take some winnings and enter. In any other case I would have to put 40K right into that and be busted for the relaxation of the series.
PokerLizard: Yeah, until you qualify by means of the satellite.
PokerLizard: Following all the poor beats, are you superstitious or anything like that?
Jean-Robert: I am not superstitious but I absolutely believe in luck. I know I will get there in the lengthy operate, but currently being in any 1 event is just the quick run. You can get all your funds with the greatest hand and get unfortunate. It occurs all the time.
PokerLizard: For case in point, that major celebration hand very last calendar year in which you obtained knocked out, you know the “bye bye” hand in which that guy hits his miracle card. You gotta be unwell of looking at that hand on the WSOP reruns.
Jean-Robert: Effectively I celebrated prematurely then he gave me the “bye bye” before his card arrived that’s fairly robust. That was notably unlucky but if I get that hand I am well above the chip typical and am in great shape in that area.
PokerLizard: In addition then you get a ton much more Tv set time, you are far more marketable, make much more funds on the aspect.
Jean-Robert: Just. ‘re right. Possibly value me perhaps half a million dollars in fairness.
PokerLizard: Talking of marketability, you had been on Survivor and that should have been fascinating getting a poker player.
Jean-Robert: In fact when they requested me initially to be on the show I turned them down then, after I thought about it, I recognized this could carry a lot of great factors for me marketing and advertising-smart plus the 1 in sixteen shot at a million bucks, that is rather good equity.
PokerLizard: I know it was correct in the center of the globe collection of poker a pair of many years ago, so It type of experienced to be fairly of a hard determination.
Jean-Robert: Yeah, that was brutal missing the globe sequence but all round, it was worthwhile. I hated getting out there, but it was great entertaining to observe on Tv.
PokerLizard: Do they give you men sun block and things out there or is it “challenging shit”?
Jean-Robert: Yeah, there is some type of a like a sun block that also has like a insect repellant on it.
PokerLizard: I imply, certainly do not want anyone to die on television.
Jean-Robert: We have been entirely covered with bugs. There is in fact a initial assist box off camera which contains like tampons for the girls and get in touch with stuff for people who use contacts, but there is no tooth brushes, bathroom paper or anything at all like that. Yeah, you go out in the woods, dig a hole operate down a lake and clean up.
PokerLizard: Gross
Jean-Robert: [Laughs]
PokerLizard: What is the coolest issue that has took place from you getting on Survivor?
Jean-Robert: [thinks for awhile] That’s intriguing. 1 of the coolest factors is just a general recognition from the public, when I was on the present, I believe most viewers probably hated me or at the very least far more than 50 % of them did. Yet somehow, when I operate into people that are fans of the show, they all seem to really like me or my character. Probably that was like a exciting character for them to view. It’s funny how anytime I fulfill people who watched it, they are truly appreciative. It truly is humorous, I know they hated my ass when I was on there.
PokerLizard: It has to do with the way they edit the show, I imply this is the exact same way with the WSOP broadcasts. You’ve obtained to have a villain on the demonstrate and you require to have a hero on the display.
Jean-Robert: Exactly.
PokerLizard: I imply 50 percent the time you ended up almost certainly watching episodes questioning when did I say that or wow that was out of context? But because the camera is there, men and women imagine what they see.
Jean-Robert: You are appropriate, you are correct and even in the celebrity apprentice they experimented with their hardest to make Annie [Duke] look like a jerk and make Joan Rivers appear excellent. Annie still seemed like the a lot much better selection to win.
PokerLizard: How they picked Joan, I’ll by no means know, that show was just ridiculous.
Jean-Robert: That was comprehensive theft.
PokerLizard: Lets get back to poker. So would you say your largest stage in poker was when you turned close friends with Jeff Lisandro. How did you grow to be a great participant?
Jean-Robert: Certainly the couple of months that I invested in Europe with Jeff Lisandro that definitely would be the largest soar in my skill amount in poker. Because when I was in Prague, I was actively playing No Restrict Hold’em every day and just genuinely began to recognize the sport really nicely. I was in Prague for about 6 months essentially

handling the match in excess of there. While performing that, I was also enjoying Sit N Go’s on the web.
PokerLizard: Genuinely?
Jean-Robert: Yeah, I would engage in 100 and two hundred dollar Sit N Go’s all working day lengthy and I would just play until finally I experienced manufactured $one,000 everyday then I would quit. Sometimes it would take me pair of hrs, occasionally it may possibly get me eight hrs, but I would basically do that right up until I was up $1,000 daily and I did that for thirty times straight, that in fact was when I enhanced my No Limit sport the most.
Jean-Robert: And the dynamics, the changes in the game from complete handed to limited handed engage in and hand values and what position they are in. When anyone asks me about how to increase their sport, I suggest taking part in a lot, a whole lot of Sit N Go’s.
PokerLizard: You end an entire match in an hour and you discover so considerably.
Jean-Robert: Appropriate, even if you make just a small little bit of cash in grinding you are studying so much about the recreation when you enjoy them.
PokerLizard: So why did you appear property from Prague it is fairly great over there.
Jean-Robert: I arrived property when it turned to winter over there. When I was there I considered I would not never occur back. I miss it, I would like to go back again sometime.
PokerLizard: So on Survivor they questioned you? You did not have to go through any of the BS to get on the show?
Jean-Robert: Nicely, even following they request you to be on the display you nevertheless have to go by means of the audition procedure. Essentially at 1st I was not one of the 16, just that I created the closing 40 and they were likely to chose the ultimate 16. It truly is amusing since there was truly discussion no matter whether or not I would really be on the demonstrate. When I was on it was this kind of a no brainer for them, they beloved me becoming on there. It was humorous, when I obtained knocked out the producer was bumming, they had been loving my character and tale line and strategy. I was attempting to be the biggest jerk achievable with no getting knocked off – they loved it.
PokerLizard: Was there any effect on ratings when you obtained knocked off?
Jean-Robert: Typically the scores go up every single week as the demonstrate will get in close proximity to the finish but they rather considerably stayed continual with 15 to sixteen million individuals viewing each 7 days.
PokerLizard: You can not beat that publicity, even becoming on the WSOP.
Jean-Robert: Yeah, versus the 2 million that observe the WSOP.
PokerLizard: So what you want to obtain by way of becoming a poker pro fame? Fortune? just the freedom to do, whatsoever you want to do?
Jean-Robert: Properly, correct now, I am really hoping that the UIGEA (Unlawful World wide web Gambling Enforcement Act) will get repealed poker is starting to dry up really a little bit, the game is acquiring harder and tougher, people are getting much more well-informed. It’s not like the previous times when you understood you ended up heading to make x-quantity of funds each thirty day period. It really is a grind, so I’m hoping poker opens up to the community like it was just before. When that transpires, some of us that have previously produced a tiny little bit of a title for ourselves may well stop up with some enormous sponsorship discounts.
PokerLizard: I read on the internet about Harrah’s placing up an on-line division. Which may possibly be a good indicator that the UIGEA is going away, so there’s some hope.
Jean-Robert: Proper now, I’ve been actively playing a great deal of mixed games that look to be obtaining much more and a lot more well-known. I have been making an attempt to get Bodog to incorporate some mixed online games. This is my second year with Bodog and I am sensation a minor far more comfortable attempting to supplying them some suggestions.
PokerLizard: Them ultimately getting the bodog area again wont’ hurt possibly.
Jean-Robert: When did they get the title again?
PokerLizard: Truly just lately again in April..
Jean-Robert: That is great. Very good news for me, have faith in me.
PokerLizard: Tell me about your undertaking “Broke and Residing Like a Millionaire”
Jean-Robert: Were actually capturing the pilot throughout the sequence. It is essentially a life style piece about me It’s not so considerably about the poker, but the lifestyle that goes along with it. The emotional swings, the highs and lows, the battle, the grind, the celebration. I consider it will be fascinating. There could also be a guide in the works.
PokerLizard: Possibly have some insane prop bets?
Jean-Robert: There will be all types of items. Just not too long ago Huck Seed offered me a wager. It will be a two mile race, me just working versus him in substantial heels running backward [laughs]. That seems like a “lock” guess for me, but Huck doesn’t drop also many prop bets.
PokerLizard: All of his prop bets seem mad. Then he wins and you believe “he did that whole lot easier than I anticipated”.
Jean-Robert: I think I can operate my 2 miles like in 21 minutes.
PokerLizard: Two miles backward in Large Heels Just sounds impossible…
Jean-Robert: It does audio not possible, but he’s possibly just likely to just take my cash.
Jean-Robert: I have actually acquired a great deal of men and women subsequent me on twitter proper now. Generally on Taruhan Bola Minimal Bet 20rb am really open with what my bankroll in fact is (you can follow Jean-Robert’s twitter at BrokeLivingJRB his bankroll is at present at $3,seven-hundred). The aim is to change my minor little bit of nothing at all into a million dollars. Appropriate now I think I have obtained a thousand dollars that we are heading to consider and determine 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 happen to be obviously becoming backed for the collection correct? Or is Bodog getting you into some events?
Jean-Robert: Nicely, my offer with Bodog is not really anything I can discuss about in as well significantly in detail, but as a member of crew bodog I depict them at any tournament I engage in all through the yr. My bankroll establishes what I am able to do so often I buy myself in, at times somebody offers me a freeroll or I may play a event with makeup. It truly is a continuous hustle. I am thrilled to be with Bodog and I am in fact obtaining prepared to go play on Bodog right now. I genuinely foresee some wonderful outcomes throughout the series this Summertime and ideally money early so that I am bankrolled for the remainder of it.
PokerLizard: I study on-line that you keep obtaining provided all these insane deals, for case in point five hole cards in Omaha, getting on the button each hand, or income rebates for playing? Are these people nuts it would seem like you are unable to lose in the extended run?
Jean-Robert: Well the child that gave me 5 cards won’t be offering me five cards again which is for confident. The exact same kid who presented me 5 cards also provided Barry Greenstein thirty% back on his losses. Barry turned him down since there is actually nothing at all he can win there. Both he is going to get as predicted or he is going to get rid of and this kid gets bagging rights. It’s a get rid of-drop proposition.
I’ve experienced some other pros inform me you have got large balls likely up towards that because if I am overwhelmed and I have gotten five playing cards it’s rather embarrassing. In reality, one of the journals in fact printed that the kid did defeat me which in no way happened by the way, but I do not head that getting out there because then other individuals are likely to want to place me as properly. I did have one or two other people actually supplying me with same match and I will in no way flip down an further card in poker. You want to give me five cards, let’s enjoy. You want to give me 6 we can engage in that way too. I don’t thoughts.
PokerLizard: So you like to perform up the graphic that you are a degenerate gambler to get motion?
Jean-Robert: I do not know that I essentially play it up , I am just me and yeah certain I may possibly have small bit of ego and all, but it is not huge also to flip down receiving a good spot. I employed to engage in pool and anytime there is a match up there is generally spot that is presented and If a man gives you also a lot excess weight, you are not heading to flip it down. That is a excellent gamble. If he provides me too considerably weight and happens to defeat me nicely okay that means he’ll just want to engage in once more tomorrow with the very same quantity of weight, so why not? It is just a excellent determination producing and I have no difficulty with having individuals places in playing cards. No problem.
PokerLizard: So you consider by yourself an action junkie? Have a tiny funds on the line like Phil Ivey just to make issues interesting.
Jean-Robert: Not so much in motion junkie. I do enjoy currently being in motion, but I am alright not be in action. I just invested a few of months in Cyprus and Istanbul and the men were striving to get me to engage in poker. I told them, “We are in Greece, why do I want to perform poker? I am loving this This is great and we engage in poker all the time.” I do enjoy becoming in action, but I do not contemplate myself a junkie.
PokerLizard: So you do not genuinely have any massive leaks that you want to plug? Baccarat? Dice? Strippers?
Jean-Robert: No, when I play those casino game titles I will do it as soon as in a while for enjoyment, but it is not genuinely a leak. The leak in my game is that I are likely to play a lot as well large for my bankroll. The folks who engage in in video games who require to have at the very least two hundred or 300 huge bets in get to engage in I can commend these folks, that is wonderful . I wish I could that, but for me if I see a stay a single in a match and I have a couple moments the buyin I am heading to consider and play. If I feel someone is heading to be providing absent income. That’s a bad habit I have, taking part in also high for my bankroll.
PokerLizard: You have a great deal of close friends in the poker planet, is it bizarre attempting to get their money each day? Or do you consider and remain out of every single other’s way and carve up the fish?
Jean-Robert: It is intriguing that you say that due to the fact most likely a single of my ideal buddies in the entire world is Joe Cassidy and he and I guess with each and every other virtually every one working day. We do bet on everything and have a guess on the Laker game these days. I truly prefer beating close friends out of their money. I like that it is kept in the family members. If I get rid of money to a good pal it truly is nevertheless family money. I stay at Joe Cassidy’s house in Vegas so we are each content when the other dude does well. Huck’s yet another guy, we will constantly gamble collectively. Huck is a single of my closest close friends but we will absolutely attempt and get more than on each and every other by the way I do not recommend gambling in opposition to Huck. Not many folks arrive out on the appropriate side of that.
PokerLizard: Doesn’t he have some weird excess weight guess with Hellmuth that he has to stay underneath a particular weight every thirty day period for ten several years? And he has not dropped a one month?
Jean-Robert: Yeah, yeah I think they just settled out of that one just just lately.
Jean-Robert: The boys are coming over here afterwards, Huck and Shieky are coming more than to look at the Laker sport, perform some pool and we will all be bettting. It truly is not just me and Joe. Joe’s got a big guess with John Hennigan on the 40k on how a lot of individuals are acquiring ‘s just constant.
Jean-Robert: Any aspect bets I make outdoors of poker are likely to be genuinely little. They are more for amusement.
PokerLizard: What do you consider you will be performing if was not a poker?
Jean-Robert: I would be in the nightclub enterprise, I used to market golf equipment and then I owned my possess club for awhile. I was actually excellent at it and right here in Vegas they run clubs a small little bit in different ways but I have in fact been finding out what they have been carrying out listed here and I could uncover myself again concerned. Preferably I would like to be functioning a club and taking part in poker. Appropriate now I am just focusing on poker and right after the World Sequence I will type our possibly obtaining back again into the club business.
PokerLizard: Perhaps parlay a big score this calendar year into your very own club.
PokerLizard: What tips did you give to anybody that needs to aspire to be a pro poker participant?
Jean-Robert: Effectively my advice to them would be to do something that I have not really accomplished properly. That is to genuinely capitalize on all the totally free data out there the guides, the DVD sets, the online instruction web sites. So several of these issues that took us months and even a long time to find out in reside game titles you can discover just by studying and finding out and looking through once again just sort it out. The games have evolved so much and the reason why I believe these youngsters are so great is because they have realized in a limited time what took Doyle [Brunson] and Johnny Chan several years and a long time to discover. Just take gain of the data that is obtainable.
PokerLizard: If you ended up Matt Damon’s character in the motion picture Rounder’s, how lengthy would it just take you to get with Famke Janssen soon after your girlfriend kicked you to the curb?
Jean-Robert: I certainly know some individuals who may change that down, Huck for occasion [laughs] pretty a lot. For me the greatest way to get more than any person is get with a person new. That is my solution.
PokerLizard: Daniel Negreanu actually said Damon would be better off if he trapped with his girlfriend.
Jean-Robert: Nicely we all know that Daniel likes the self ‘ll place any person on a greater hand and then get in touch with anyway.
PokerLizard: ha. Many thanks for the job interview, fantastic occupation.
Jean-Robert: Many thanks buddy.