Poker’s Ronnie Bardah Named as Survivor Contestant

Poker players have a good history with the CBS reality show Survivor. Ronnie Bardah will carry on this tradition by appearing on the 39th season of Survivor.

Bardah will be among 20 players who’ll be competing for the $1 million top prize. He’ll attempt to outlast a group of 20 en route to the seven-figure payout.

In other big news regarding the 39th season, “Boston” Rob Mariano will return in a non-contestant role. The 2011 winner will serve as a mentor along with Sandra Diaz-Twine, another former contestant.

Survivor and Poker Have Enjoyed a Good Relationship

Bardah is far from the only poker player to appear on this famed show. Jean-Robert Bellande appeared on the show in 2007, when he finished eighth on Survivor China. While he didn’t get very close to the $1 million prize, JRB still made a memorable impact on the show with his risky moves.

Other poker pros turned Survivor contestants include Garrett Adelstein, Jackie Glazier, and Anna Khait. None of these rounders were able to win Survivor.

Boston Rob has made a crossover as a reality star turned poker player. In 2016, he was invited to play in Run It Up Reno by Jason Somerville. He won $5,051 after taking down the All In or Fold tournament. Rob later took third at the 2013 WSOP Circuit Biloxi Main Event and collected $47,805.

More on This Season of Survivor

The 39th season of Survivor is dubbed as the “Island of the Idols.” Contestants will have the opportunity to visit the Island of Idols to learn survival skills.

Mariano and Diaz-Twine will also dispense valuable advice to the contestants. If Bardah listens well enough, he might have a chance to win.