Jean-Robert Bellande

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Jean-Robert Bellande
Jean-Robert Bellande.jpg
Bellande at the final table of a 2005 WSOP Circuit Event
Nickname(s) Bobby
Residence Las Vegas, Nevada
Born (1970-09-17) September 17, 1970 (age 45)
World Series of Poker
Bracelet(s) None
Final table(s) 1
Money finish(es) 16[1]
Highest ITM
Main Event finish
65th, 2011
World Poker Tour
Title(s) None
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 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.

As of 2014, his total live tournament winnings exceed $1,370,000.[5]

Survivor: China[edit]

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. 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. (27 June 2014). "How to Win $20 Million at Poker". Bloomberg. Retrieved 26 November 2015. 
  3. ^ McManus, James, ed. (12 July 2015). "The Bulletproof Life of Jean-Robert Bellande". BluffEurope. Retrieved 26 November 2015. 
  4. ^ CBS's Survivor: China biography: Jean Robert Bellande
  5. ^ Hendon Mob tournament results

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