Uncovering Garrett Adelstein, Poker’s Newest Survivor

Garrett Adelstein
Garrett Adelstein

Like Jean-Robert Bellande before him, Garrett Adelstein is the latest poker player to attempt to outwit, outplay and outlast his opponents in long-running reality TV show Survivor.

Born and raised in Tucson, Arizona, Adelstein moved to Santa Monica after graduating from the University of Arizona.

A professional poker player Adelstein specializes in high-stakes cash-games. Adelstein admits that when he found online poker he became “obsessed” with the game.

The 27 year old claims that he’s one of the most successful online poker players in the world. Notably he played online as GMan.

A huge Survivor fan Adelstein said that he’s spent over 2,000 hours mastering the game’s strategy.

Adelstein also did work for training site DeucesCracked and did a segment on playing the WSOP Main Event on the Deuce Plays podcast with Bart Hanson. You can listen to it here.

Jason Senti and Phil Galfond are amongst Adelstein’s friends in the poker world. Mike “Timex” McDonald and Ryan Daut also gave their approval of his poker-playing ability.

Primarily a cash-game player, Adelstein does have a few live tournament results, for a total of $122,766 lifetime profit according to HendonMob.com:


Date: Event: Place: Prize:
29-Jun-2011     
$5k WSOP NLHE 25th       
$25,919
05-Jul-2010 $10k WSOP Main Event       
222nd $48,847
05-Jan-2008 $8k PCA 24th $48,000

Adelstein Fits into Brains Team in All-New Survivor Concept

Adelstein will be a member of the Brains team on Survivor: Cagayan, which is the 28th season of the show. This year the show is split into three different tribes at the beginning based on Brains, Beauty and Brawn.

The show is set to premier on Feb. 26, 2014.

Adelstein is not the only expert game player on Survivor: Cagayan. He’ll start Survivor on the same team as former high school chess champion Spencer Bledsoe.

It’s worth noting that Jean-Robert Bellande made it to eighth place in Survivor: China so Adelstein would certainly do his best to last even longer.

Here's a video interview of Adelstein for CBS:

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Kyle Collins 2014-01-28 16:33:50

That video doesn't make him look very good but let's hope he's playing up a character. Seems like a typical poker player - dramatically overestimates his own abilities and underestimates how smart everyone else is.

hugh 2014-01-28 16:32:05

@acesacesaces you mean they didn't tune in for Jean-Robert?

acesacesaces 2014-01-28 16:25:19

Definitely a proven poker player, and very good at table-talk psychology aspect of the game so I could see him doing well on the show. Will certainly get a lot of hard-core poker players watching Survivor for the first time :P

Matty 2014-01-27 17:05:29

He looks weathered for a 27 year old sweet jesus never live in arizona

Anastasia Marie 2014-01-27 17:04:27

Looks like this guy has it all - brains, brawn and beauty! I'd be his cuddle partner in the shelter!

cap60c 2014-01-23 23:18:48

How does he play online from Santa Monica can't find any stats on him at all

Brian Masters 2014-01-23 22:59:43

He can't possibly represent poker worse than Jean Robert did. That guy is the ass clown of all ass clowns. GL Garret.

cochran 2014-01-23 22:58:52

pre-merge boot for sure