(PRWEB) March 5, 2008
Bodog announced today that professional poker player and reality television star Jean-Robert Bellande has been signed on as the newest member of Team Bodog. The accomplished cardplayer, who recently appeared as a contestant on CBS's hit show Survivor: China, will join Team Bodog pros David Williams, Josh Arieh and Evelyn Ng at the Bodog online poker tables and at major televised tournaments.
"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."
Bellande is set to make his official Team Bodog debut this weekend when he competes against the world's best at the 2008 NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship, held at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. He will also represent Team Bodog at this summer's World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.
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Earning the nickname "Action Bob" for his fast, aggressive play at the poker table, Bellande has been described as "the ultimate psychological warrior" as he taunts his competitors with calculated trash talk, a skill that has helped him amass nearly $800,000 in tournament winnings. A regular on popular poker television shows, Bellande recently competed on NBC's Poker After Dark and was also featured on the World Poker Tour's Bad Boys of Poker in 2005. His televised final tables include the 2005 WSOP Circuit Event at the Rio and the 2005 U.S. Poker Championship in Atlantic City, N.J.
As a poker professional, Bellande has traveled the world to compete in major poker tournaments, a lifestyle suited to his international upbringing. Born in New York City to Creole parents, Bellande was raised in Asia. At the age of 17, he moved to Los Angeles where he promoted some of Hollywood's hottest nightclubs and even owned his own Los Angeles hot spot, Sky Sushi.
"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, starting with the National Heads-Up Poker Championship this weekend and at the WSOP this summer."
Online poker players looking to secure a spot alongside Bellande and the rest of Team Bodog at the 2008 WSOP Main Event can do so now in the Bodog Poker Room, where Bodog is guaranteeing at least three $12,000 Main Event prize packages weekly through its "Main Event Semifinal" tournaments. Players can get in on the action for as little as $1 or 100 PTS. Qualifiers are running daily and all lead to the three weekly Main Event Semifinal tournaments held on Tuesdays (7:15 p.m. EST), Thursdays (9:15 p.m. EST) and Saturdays (3:15 p.m. EST). Players can also buy-in directly to the Main Event Semifinals for $250 + $20.
Each Main Event Semifinal will award at least one $12,000 Main Event prize package, which includes the $10,000 buy-in to the main event, $2,000 for travel expenses, loads of Team Bodog gear and the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience Las Vegas in total Bodog style, including meeting the Bodog Girls and much, much more.
Bodog has its head office, and is licensed in, the Caribbean nation of Antigua. Bodog founder Calvin Ayre (http://www.calvinayrelife.com), recognized as a world authority on branding in digital entertainment, was featured on the cover of Forbes magazine's best-selling 2006 "Billionaires" issue. The Bodog group of companies ( http://www.bodoglife.com ) offers a host of entertainment services, including: online gaming, which includes Poker, Casino and a host of other gaming products; an international record label, Bodog Music; a million-dollar band search competition and accompanying TV series, Bodog Battle; a publishing division (with an online magazine, Bodog Nation, and blog, Bodog Beat); and an international television division, Bodog TV which produces reality series, such as Bodog Fight and Calvin Ayre Wild Card Poker. Bodog does not offer 'for money' gaming services within North America. The Morris Mohawk Gaming Group has licensed certain elements of the Bodog brand for use in North America in furtherance of the marketing of MMGG's gaming services. For more information, contact Media Relations at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Morris Mohawk Gaming Group
The Morris Mohawk Gaming Group is located in the territory of Kahnawake just outside Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and is licensed by the Kahnawake Gaming Commission to offer gaming services from Kahnawake to users worldwide. Bodog has entered into a license agreement with the Morris Mohawk Gaming Group to allow this group to use various elements of the Bodog brand within North America to support the Morris Mohawk Gaming Group's marketing activities. Morris Mohawk Gaming Group is led by Olympic Gold medalist, Order of Canada recipient and First Nations' leader Alwyn Morris. For more information, visit http://www.morrismohawk.ca.