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Big WSOP Finish Leads to Big Payday for Bellande
With pockets full of money and a gorgeous female on his arm, John Robert Bellande took a moment to reflect on his deep 2010 WSOP Main Event run that resulted in a 78th place finish.
"It's been a crazy rollercoaster; each level of each day you have different goals," said Bellande. "When you have a huge stack you're thinking about the final table; when you have a short stack you're just trying to get to the money or get through the day."
Bellande not only received $94.9k for finishing in the top 90, he also has another $30k coming his way from Justin "BoostedJ" Smith for finishing the WSOP with more earnings than Smith.
"BoostedJ laid 3:1 odds on $10k figuring he'd win more money since he was playing in almost every event," Bellande explained. "Getting in the top 90 was not just a $10k jump for me, it was an extra $30k and my stake horse isn't involved in that, so I was freerolling and that allowed me to breathe freely."
Bellande will receive an additional $30k from Mike Matusow for cashing three times compared to Matusow's two finishes in the money.
"That's only if Matusow has anything left after giving all that money to Ted Forrest," Bellande quipped about Matusow's recent losing weight-loss prop bet to Forrest.
Bellande said he only had 43% of himself in the Main Event after paying off his stake horse and a few other players who he traded percentages with.
The former reality television star might have had an even better finish if it weren't for a few brutal beats. "It's frustrating because I know how to play a big stack and I could have been among the chip leaders if I can get my aces or queens to hold up. At the end of the day we're poker players and we know these things happen."
Bellande is excited about the way he's playing and plans to get event more active on the tournament poker scene after taking some time off to travel. "Don't be surprised if you see some more big things coming from me," Bellande said before disappearing down the Rio hallway one last time in 2010.