Last week's episode of Survivor: China marked the exodus of the infamous Jean-Robert Bellande from the popular reality show.
During Bellande's time on the show he managed to annoy almost every other player and get himself excluded from almost every important discussion. At one point he even admitted he was a "bad boy," much to the amusement of his tribemates.
In the end Bellande probably didn't set the best example in terms of representing poker players for the mainstream crowd. Here's a look at some of the professional poker players who would have been great choices to be featured on the show instead of Bellande. In no particular order:
There are many reasons Negreanu would be a great contestant on Survivor. Kid Poker is actually a big fan of the show and he's even coached Survivor All-Stars runner up "Boston" Rob Mariano in poker.
Negreanu has made a career out of reading his opponents and sometimes, almost magically, figuring out exactly what they hold. It would be a powerful skill to have on a show that is mostly about trust and deception.
Negreanu is also one of the most likable players in the game and is constantly chatting it up with whoever is at his table. Come to think of it, though, his constant chatter might eventually get him into trouble in the long-term game.
Another challenge for Negreanu would be his strict vegetarian diet. In the past vegetarians have not fared particularly well on the show because some of the food rewards come in the form of meat.
Rumor has it that Negreanu was actually asked by producers to be on the show but declined. There are millions of poker players who wish he'd said yes.
At the other end of the spectrum is the Poker Brat himself. Bellande is basically Hellmuth Lite so why not go for the real deal if you want an obnoxious "bad boy" of poker.
It's unlikely Hellmuth would make it very far in the contest but the time he did spend there would certainly be interesting. Just imagine what the Hellmuth would have to say at Tribal Council when Jeff Probst asked him a question about his team.
Hellmuth would find a way to let everybody know that he was the best player there and that if it weren't for luck he would win Survivor every time.
Will it ever happen? Phil Hellmuth does love having his mug on TV so you never know.
The last rumor had Hellmuth starring in the eighth season of The Surreal Life, alongside Randy "Macho Man" Savage, but it's been a long time since anybody heard anything more about that so it might have fallen through.
Paul "Eskimo" Clark
During the 2007 WSOP Clark survived one stroke and two seizures.
In each instance an ambulance was called in and Clark was told he should probably stop playing but he persisted.
The man is virtually indestructible.
If you're willing to risk your life to win a WSOP bracelet one would think you'd do whatever it took to win Survivor.
Clark is also veteran of the Vietnam War - he worked as a medic - so he would likely have no problem adapting to his jungle surroundings.
Clements would be a powerhouse at Survivor for two distinct reasons. One, he could use his famous stare-down to get other contestants to do pretty much whatever he wanted and two, his arms are like tree trunks which has got to be helpful for more than a few challenges.
Perhaps the key trait that would make Clements a monster at Survivor is the respect he carries for his opponent. Never one to rub defeat in an opponent's face, Clements would likely fare well with the jury.
For years Survivor producers have gone out of their way to make sure every season has its share of attractive bikini-clad women.
Who would fit that role better than Schoenberg? Not only that, Schoenberg is very charismatic but fiercely competitive at the same time.
She could be a sleeper pick to go all the way.
Every season of Survivor has a crusty old man whom the cast eventually become endeared to. "Action" Dan Harrington would be an excellent choice to play that role.
A former attorney, Harrington is well-known for his tight, conservative style.
It might just work on the show and he'd have a chance at becoming the world's first poker, backgammon, chess and Survivor champion!