Jean Robert Bellande


Latest High Stakes Poker episode sees JRB on the losing end of another tough hand

Jean-Robert Bellande can’t seem to catch a break on Season 8 of High Stakes Poker. Two weeks ago we saw the man known by his @BrokeLivingJRB Twitter handle somehow lose all three runs of a nearly $1 million pot, despite having ace-king suited against Tom Dwan’s pocket queens and Lynne Ji’s queen-ten suited.

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Bellande went into that three-way all-in preflop hand with an 82 percent chance of winning at least one run. The players agreed to run the board three times, and Dwan lived up to his High Stakes Poker legend by scooping all three.

The latest tweets from @brokelivingjrb. Bellande (French pronunciation: ʒɑ̃ ʁɔbɛʁ bɛˈlɑ̃d; born September 17, 1970 in Long Island, New York) is an American professional poker player, reality TV contestant, and a nightclub owner and promoter. He may claim to be ‘the unluckiest player in Poker After Dark history’, but Jean-Robert Bellande has just proved that being ‘lucky in love’ can help to balance the books a bit, the ‘Broke Living’ poker star getting married this week to his sweetheart Veronica Llamas, now Mrs Bellande! Coping skills bingo.

Episode 7 of the eighth season of High Stakes Poker dropped on PokerGO Wednesday. Once again, Bellande took the worst of it in a hand that might be hard to watch for fans of the gregarious poker pro.

Michael Schwimer gets the best of Bellande

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The tough beat for Bellande begins with Damien Leforbes raising to $1,600 with 6♣5♣ over an $800 straddle from Dwan. Bellande calls with 7♠6♠, and Schwimer three-bets to $7,000 with Q♣Q♠.

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Dwan calls with A4, and both Leforbes and Bellande also call. With $29,000 already in the pot, the flop comes 2♠79♠.

The action checks to Schwimer, and the former Philadelphia Phillies pitcher bets $24,000. Dwan and Leforbes both fold, putting the action on Bellande.

Bellande asks for a count on Schwimer’s remaining stack, then goes all-in for $135,000. Schwimer quickly calls, and a lengthy discussion ensues about how many times to run the board.

The two players finally decide to run it twice, with Schwimer a slight favorite at 54% equity.

Tough run for Bellande

Bellande leaves the decision to run it twice up to Schwimer, who wins the first board. That run finishes with a turn T and a river 4♣, keeping his pocket queens out in front.

The second run begins with some good news for Bellande, as the A♠ hits the board and brings in a flush for JRB.

Schwimer winces at that turn of events, but his anguish is short-lived. The dealer puts out the K♠ on the river, giving Schwimer the superior flush and sending the $299,400 pot his way.

Gabe Kaplan and A.J. Benza, on commentary, lament the visible pain on Bellande’s face as Schwimer collects his chips.

Bellande recovers as Episode 7 group plays on

The touch beat for Bellande leaves him with $88,000 and doubles Schwimer’s stack. By the end of Episode 7, however, Bellande gets back up to $489,000, taking several big hands.

The last of those pots comes against Rick Salomon, with Bellande getting a river value bet out of quad jacks against Salomon’s full house.

The current High Stakes Poker lineup features Bellande, Schwimer, Dwan, Salomon, Leforbes, Sean Perry, and John Andress playing $200/$400 No-Limit Hold’em. The players often implement an obligatory $800 straddle, and several pots in Season 8 have gone well into six-figures at the seven-episode mark.

This season of High Stakes Poker marks the return of one of poker’s most popular shows of all time. The first seven seasons of the show ran from 2007-2011. The current season, and all previous seasons, can currently be viewed by PokerGO subscribers.

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Jean-Robert Bellande
ResidenceLas Vegas, Nevada
BornSeptember 17, 1970 (age 50)
World Series of Poker
Final table(s)3
Money finish(es)17[1]
Highest ITM
Main Event finish
65th, 2011
World Poker Tour
Final table(s)None
Money finish(es)3
Information accurate as of 16 July 2010.

Jean-Robert F. Bellande (French pronunciation: ​[ʒɑ̃ ʁɔbɛʁ bɛˈlɑ̃d]; born September 17, 1970 in Long Island, New York) is an American professional poker player, reality TV contestant, and a nightclub owner and promoter.


Bellande was born in Long Island, New York to parents who emigrated from Haiti. When Bellande was five years old, his family relocated to Taiwan where his mother was a Christian missionary. He spent the next thirteen years of his life in an expatriate community before returning to the United States acquiring a Bachelor of Arts in marketing from Azusa Pacific University. He is a native French and English speaker, who learned to be proficient in Mandarin. He now resides in Las Vegas, Nevada.[2][3][4] Bellande is a Republican.[5]

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Bellande first gained public exposure during a World Series of Poker circuit event in March 2005. He finished 3rd, behind Doug Lee and Jennifer Harman, winning $210,900. Bellande is noted for his aggressive table banter throughout this televised event. A week later, Bellande defeated John Phan to win first prize at the 2005 Winnin' o' the Green tournament, earning a further $148,000.

Bellande has also finished in the money of World Series of Poker (WSOP) and World Poker Tour (WPT) events, and appeared in the WPT Bad Boys of Poker II invitational event won by Tony G.

At the 2008 World Series of Poker, Bellande came close to capturing his first bracelet when he finished runner-up to Matt Graham in the $1,500 Limit Hold'em - Shootout event, earning $173,564 then later he finished in 442nd place out of 6844 entries at the Main Event that same year.

At the 2015 World Series of Poker, Bellande finished 2nd in the $50,000 Player's Championship for $784,828.

At the 2018 World Series of Poker, Bellande won his first World Series of Poker bracelet and $616,302 in Event #58: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em Six-Handed.

As of 2018, his total live tournament winnings exceed $2,800,000.[6]

World Series of Poker bracelets[edit]

YearEventPrize Money
2018$5,000 No Limit Hold'em 6-Handed$616,302

Survivor: China[edit]

Jean Robert Bellande

Bellande was a contestant on Survivor: China as a member of the Fei Long Tribe, and later Hae Da Fung. Noted was his conflict with fellow contestant Courtney Yates and his numerous gaffes. He was voted out 8th, becoming the 2nd member of the jury. He cast his jury vote for Todd Herzog to win the million dollar prize, which Herzog ended up achieving.


  1. ^World Series of Poker: Jean-Robert Bellande
  2. ^McManus, James, ed. (June 27, 2014). 'How to Win $20 Million at Poker'. Bloomberg. Retrieved November 26, 2015.
  3. ^McManus, James, ed. (July 12, 2015). 'The Bulletproof Life of Jean-Robert Bellande'. BluffEurope. Retrieved November 26, 2015.
  4. ^CBS's Survivor: China biography: Jean Robert Bellande
  5. ^Bellande, Jean-Robert (November 6, 2018). 'I'm a Republican forced to vote Dem across the board today because Nevada seems to have 0 Republicans interested in doing shit about our gun problem. I'll happily help raise money for a Rep politician whose primary goal is Common Sense gun legislation'. @BrokeLivingJRB. Retrieved May 22, 2019.
  6. ^Hendon Mob tournament results

External links[edit]

  • Jean-Robert Bellande biography for Survivor: China at
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