Pokercast Episode 298 –Jean-Robert Bellande & Matt Salsberg
Live from the Two Plus Two Studios - This week Mike and Adam welcome two of the most popular and entertaining characters in the poker community back for their holiday show. Jean-Robert Bellande makes his return on the heels of a deep, but disappointing run in the recent WPT Bellagio event. He discusses the tourney and opens up about being backed, the pain of losing and takes us back to the night he was recently staked for the biggest game of his life at $2000/$4000 limits. He also chats about his position as ambassador for the Aria Poker Room. Matt Salsberg, accomplished TV writer and current WPT Player Of The Year makes his return to the show to chat about his year playing full-time on the circuit and how he works writing new scripts into his busy poker schedule. He reveals info on his latest TV pilot sold to the FOX network and whether his Hollywood friends hit him up for poker tips. In forum static the guys chat about the NJ Gaming Divison of Gaming Enforcements decision to pause the licensing process for PokerStars, and whether Tom ‘Durrrr’ Dwan’s sponsorship with Full Tilt Poker not being renewed marks his decline as a poker superstar. EPT Prague Festival is covered including discussion of the emergence of Ole Schemion as the biggest rising young star in the game. Finally the boys have some kind words for Allen ‘Chainsaw’ Kessler as they examine the successful year of a true live grinder. Pokerstars Lee Jones drops in to give their final take on the Jens Kyllonen theft at EPT Barcelona and discuss some big changes in the High Stakes ring games at PokerStars. The password to the December 22nd Pokerstars Invitational for Pokercast Listeners is announced
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Jean-Robert F. Bellande, born Sept. 17th 1970, is a nightclub owner and poker player from Long Island, New York who is currently living in Las Vegas. He attended Azusa Pacific University, completing a Bachelor of Arts in marketing.
Following his initial public exposure during a WSOP circuit event in 2005 (in which he finished third) Bellande would go on to become a contest in 2007’s “Survivor China”. He was voted off in eighth place.
Jean-Robert holds 9 WSOP and 2 WPT cashes. He finished runner-up in the 2008 WSOP $1500 Limit Hold’em Shootout event. Bellande’s tournament winnings are estimated to exceed $1 million. Learn more about Jean-Robert Bellande
Matt Salsberg is a successful TV writer and producer as well as an accomplished tournament poker player. He was the WPT Season XI player of the year and winner of the 2012 WPT Grand Prix De Paris. His TV credits include lead writer on the popular Showtime dark comedy Weeds, several episodes of Entourage and The War at Home. Learn more about Matt Salsberg