Jean-Robert Bellande was born in New York in 1970. He spent some of the growing up period of his life together with his family in Asia and during his late teens, they returned to the U.S and moved to Los Angeles. Jean-Robert is also known by many as Bobby and is a celebrity from different walks of life, not just from the poker world. Jean-Robert obtained a bachelor's degree in marketing and he began his professional life at promotion work at night clubs in LA. Following this, he became a club owner when he opened up his own nightclub in the name of Sky Sushi. Jean-Robert is more than 6 feet tall and he makes his presence felt, not just due to his height, as he is known as a vocal competitor with his loud banter at the poker tables. Jean-Robert now lives in Las Vegas.
Jean-Robert Bellande: Poker Career Highlights
Jean-Robert made a name for himself in the poker arena at the World Series of Poker (WSOP) circuit event in 2005. The championship took place at Rio Las Vegas and he competed in the $10,000 No Limit Hold'Em event. In this tournament, he came in 3rd place and earned attractive prize winnings in the amount of $210,900.
In 2006, Jean-Robert made a cash finish in 2006, at the WSOP No Limit Hold'Em event. In this event, he earned prize winnings in the sum of $14,617.
Jean-Robert achieved another cash finish at the 2008 WSOP No Limit Hold'Em event winning $10,712, before moving on make to additional winnings in the same series at different events. He entered the WSOP No limit Texas Hold'Em event with a $10,000 buy-in also in 2008 and then made another cash finish at which he earned prize winnings in the sum of $27,020. Although he had already made two cash finishes at WSOP in the same year, things were about to get even better for Jean-Robert. He then participated successfully at the annual WSOP championship at the Limit Hold'Em shootout with a $1,500 buy-in. He came very close to the top spot in this event and finally finished in 2nd place, winning the considerable sum of $173,564 as prize money.
Jean-Robert also competed in the 2009 WSOP Limit Hold'Em Shootout event. Although his efforts did not prove to be as successful as during the previous year, he did manage a cash finish and made winnings in the amount of $4,356.
Jean-Robert Bellande: A Celebrity on TV
Jean-Robert received celebrity status for additional reasons and not just due to his poker playing skills. Jean-Robert also became a celebrity following his participation in a popular reality TV series. He appeared on the CBS reality show "Survivor: China". The series itself is popular on the international scene and is featured in different places around the world in different languages with local participants. However, 'Survivor' is not Jean-Robert's only televised appearance as he has also played poker and appeared on the popular poker show 'Poker After Dark'.