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Poker Pro To Appear On New Season Of 'Survivor'

Cash Game Grinder Garrett Adelstein Part Of 'Brains Tribe'


The long-running TV series “Survivor” will feature another poker player when it hits airwaves in late February.

Cash game professional Garrett Adelstein was selected as one of the contestants on the show, following in the footsteps of Jean-Robert Bellande in 2007.

Adelstein, a 27-year-old Arizonan residing in Santa Monica, also has more than $120,000 in live career tournament earnings. One of his scores was a deep run in the 2010 World Series of Poker main event, as he finished within the top 250.

Most of his experience comes in online cash games, however.

The reason he is going on the show? According to his bio on the Survivor website, it’s to “win enough money to impress girls in LA” and for “self-growth as I will be forced to deal with extreme circumstances in a way I never imagined possible.”

He said of his chances: “Being a math guy, I’m just gonna go with the odds on this one as it would be statistically unlikely for me to be the first American survivor to die on the island. With that said, I’m sure I will be completely miserable.”

He added that he has spent more than 2,000 hours training for the contest.

Adelstein and Bellande aren’t alone in their reality TV fame. Poker pros Nick Schulman and Jesse Sylvia have appeared in MTV documentary-style shows, while Maria Ho and Tiffany Michelle appeared on “The Amazing Race 15” in 2009, just to name a few.

Stay tuned for updates on how Adelstein performs.