Today on the Final Table radio show, we recapped the final weekend of the Gateway Poker Classic at Harrah’s St. Louis, as well as Dennis’ weekend at the inaugural event of the CardPlayer Native American Casinos Poker Tour at Choctaw Casino in Oklahoma. That led to a discussion of other new poker tours that are planned for 2012 and the latest super-high-roller tournament at Bellagio. We also touched on whether remarks last week by Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson (who said he was “morally opposed” to internet gaming) will affect ongoing efforts to legalize, license, and regulate online poker — and whether players should direct anger about those remarks at The Venetian, a Sands property.
In our guest segment, we talked with Jean-Robert Bellande, the poker pro who was a “Survivor” contestant four years ago and is now living like a millionaire in Las Vegas, despite the fact that he’s constantly broke. We talked about his huge Twitter fan base (over 30,000 followers), how he gets staked to play cash games and tournaments, which games are in the mix he plays in the Aria poker room, whether he played differently in this year’s WSOP Main Event (where he finished 65th), and what his new website and bankroll management app will offer players. He also reviewed a famous hand on “Poker After Dark” earlier this year which did not end well for him.