World Series of Poker bracelet winner, Jackie Glazier, is set to appear in Australian Survivor: Champions v Contenders with the top prize of $500,000 up for grabs if she can take it down.
Jean-Robert Bellande once told me that his biggest challenge in life smacked him upside the head when competing in Survivor: China, and he’s not doing too bad for himself.
Ok, so a big bad Russian guy has been blowing smoke into his face from a cigar the size of Eurotunnel all week, but he has a lovely lady on his arm, an expensive looking goblet of red stuff at his beck and call, and a stack of chips the size of the old Berlin wall.
Maybe it did something to him.
Flipped a switch.
Gave him the courage to take bigger risks in life.
But I know this.
In the summer, JRB became a champion, pure and simple.
JRB is not the only poker champion to have appeared on the reality TV show. Finnish high stakes sensation, Ilari Sahamies took part in the Finnish version of the show, and Anna Khait wowed her male fans when she got a little sticky in the 2015 US-version.
And now it’s Jackie Glazier’s turn.
WSOP Champion to Star in Australian Survivor
Glazier is one of 24 contestants to appear on Australian Survivor: Champions v Contenders. It’s the third season shown on the TEN Network, and Jonathan LaPaglia returns as host.
The 24 hopefuls split into two camps. There will be a dozen champions; people who have reached the very top of their professions such as the three-time Olympic gold medallist, Shane Gould, former rugby star Mat Rogers, and our very own JackStar. On the other side of the divide, we have a dozen nobodies – a FIFO worker, a takeaway delivery driver and a construction site manager.
The Australian version of the show is a killer.
The contestants compete on Savusavu in Fiji for the $500,000 first prize over a period of 50-days. Glazier has already completed filming, so at least we know she is alive. The show airs on Wednesday, August 1 on the TEN and WIN Networks.
And Glazier was due to have some run good. The Australian star joined the ranks of partypoker in 2016, but the pair had to put the dalliance on hold after the Australian government decided that playing online poker was akin to killing kittens.
Glazier has $1.4m in live tournaments.
In 2012, she earned $458,996 for finishing second in a $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em event at the WSOP, and a year later she received $229,281 for finishing 31st in the WSOP Main Event, as well as winning a bracelet for defeating 65 entrants to win the €1,100 No-Limit Hold’em Ladies Event at the World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE) in Paris.
I don’t care if she wins, she’s a survivor and a champion in my book.