Jean-Robert Bellande joins Team Bodog

Jean-Robert Bellande

Bodog just added a loud-mouthed, trash-talking poker player who knows a thing or two about survival to its roster.

Jean-Robert Bellande will join fellow poker professionals David Williams, Josh Arieh and Evelyn Ng on the rapidly growing Team Bodog.

Bellande has been playing poker for a number of years but is perhaps best-known for his recent stint on the hit CBS reality show Survivor: China. Although Bellande only lasted eight weeks on a desert island he's had a lot more success at the poker tables.

Bellande's biggest poker cash was coming in third at the $10,000 WSOP Circuit Championship Event in 2005. He earned $210,900 for his efforts in the tournament.

"I'm completely thrilled to be on Team Bodog and to join my friends Josh, David and Evy," said Bellande on signing with Bodog. "I'm planning to make a lot of noise in 2008 for myself and Bodog."

Since appearing on Survivor Bellande, or Action Bob as he is sometimes known, has had several cashes, most notably at the 2007 North American Poker Championship where he placed 39th for $21,109 and spent much of the time as chip leader.

"We're extremely excited to have Jean-Robert join our select team of world-class poker players," said Bodog North American CEO Alwyn Morris. "With his charismatic personality and his prowess as a poker player, Jean-Robert embodies the Bodog lifestyle. He is a perfect fit for Team Bodog."

Most recently Bellande played in the prestigious NBC National Heads-Up Championship, where he was eliminated in the first round by Sam Grizzle.

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