So I heard through the grapevine that S22 Nicaragua (aka Rob Vs Russell) has a known poker pro in the cast of players. That got to thinking about who it might be. Well I didnt have to think long as I believe the most likely person to fill this role would be Daniel Negreanu from the World Series Of Poker fame. Negreanu is an avowed Survivor follower and he actually was supposed to be on the CHINA cast ahead of Jean-Robert Bellande until he pulled out because that season ran during the World Series. The World Series of Poker finished up months ago and S22 didnt start filming until well after. So Negreanu would thus have the opportunity to play. It makes total sense.
Another name to keep in mind is Johnny Chan who has been notably absent from the last summer poker circuit. Chan is also a Survivor follower and a former two-time World Series of Poker winner. Interesting stuff for sure.
All in all I thought its overrated to think that a poker player would do well in Survivor. Jean-Robert did nothing noteworthy while in China and I dont think Negreanu or Chan will have any clear advantagae here. Stay tuned.