Poker pro Jean-Robert Bellande will apparently not have a chance to be on the next season of the CBS reality TV show Survivor, which is bringing back 20 contestants from past seasons.
Survivor is asking fans to vote for players to appear in the next season of Survivor — called Survivor: Second Chance — at the official website. There are 32 past contestants for fans to vote for — 16 men and 16 women. Bellande is not among the choices.
The top 10 men and top 10 women as voted on by fans will appear on the show. None of the players involved have won the show or the million-dollar top prize, previously.
Bellande finished in eighth place during Survivor: China, which took place and aired back in 2007.
Bellande has been silent about the snub on Twitter. As the running joke goes in the poker community — and as evidenced by his Twitter handle (@BrokeLivingJRB) — Bellande is perpetually broke, so we’re sure he could use a crack at a million dollars.
Apparently, he won some money on the outcome of fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, however:
— Jean-Robert Bellande (@BrokeLivingJRB) May 3, 2015
Another poker player from the history of the show, Garrett Adelstein, also is not on the list of prospective players who might make a return. He was voted off second in Survivor: Cagayan, which aired in 2014.
Jim Rice, while not considered a poker pro, is on the list of potential players. He does have six figures in live tournament earnings in his career. Rice appeared during Survivor: South Pacific in 2011.
Poker pros are considered interesting contestants for the show, based on their ability to approach it from a game theory point of view. Jason Somerville, now a PokerStars pro, broke down the probabilities associated with Survivor in an interview he did last year, looking at the show through the lens of a poker player:
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