Poker has in the past been a hot topic that has divided stakeholders into diametrical camps, critics and enthusiasts. For the skeptics, poker is no different from other gambling games that pose the threat of addiction among others.
On the other hand, enthusiasts tout poker as a lucrative avenue that does not discriminate players and is poised to confer earnings and recognition for the most determined players. The US until the events of the Black Friday in April 2011 was a poker player nurturing hub but continues to do so after the federal government mollified its rules for the game. There are many players who are American-based and have played excellently as to leave an indelible mark. Jean-Robert F. Bellande is among them and is a frequent player at the WSOP and other notable tournaments.
Bellande attained public exposure when he was playing at the World Series of Poker tournament where he placed 3rd o collect a prize of $210,900 in 2005. His distinction in poker is ascribable to his overtly aggressive table approach that he leans on in televised tournaments. On that year, he also ousted John Phan to clinch the grand prize at the Winnin’ o’ the Green Event where he took home $148,000. (more…)