License to Drive

I'm 24 years old, but until very recently, I hadn't learned how to drive. Over the last few years, I've stopped and started studying for the written test that would allow me to start actually practicing behind the wheel. But I finally got it done. My first few driving lessons were really dangerous-- not for me, but for anyone else on the road. It was like being thrown in the deep end of the pool and being told to just start swimming. Once I actually started driving the car, it turned out to be easier than I thought it would be. My instructor even called me a natural talent! However, as soon as he said that, I stalled out in the middle of a six-way intersection. I was sitting there for about a minute and a half, trying to put the car in gear and get it to move forward while everyone was shouting and sounding their horns. Although I don't think my instructor still sees me as a natural talent, I am getting better.

DJ Chrissy D

My girlfriend's birthday was a few weeks ago and to celebrate, we threw a really big Jersey Shore party. About 35 people crowded into our apartment, all dressed up like people from the show. Some of our friends even put that orange tanning stuff on their faces. It was so funny. We wanted to recognize the best costumes, so we set up a catwalk and did a runway show called "Dress to Impress." There were four winners, two guys and two girls and as their reward, they had to drink a really huge cocktail made out of all the leftover alcohol we had in the house. It filled a giant bowl and was maybe two or three liters altogether. At first they were really happy they won. Afterwards, not so much.

christophe de meulder_blog_post.jpg

Outplay, Outwit, Outlast

As you may know, my brother and I appeared on the current season of Benelux Survivor. It has been airing over the last couple of months and while Matthias was eliminated in one of the most recent episodes, Fatima and I are still competing. Lately I've been getting recognized a lot in public. People in Belgium think it's really special to see someone who is semi-famous or who has been on television. It doesn't bother me at all, but I think it's a funny thing.

We've also been getting strong reactions on Twitter and Facebook about the strategic approach we took to Survivor. They haven't always been positive, but I think people are starting to come around and we're building a fan base. Part of me thinks it's because we busted all their favorites and they have nobody else to root for! I do believe, though, that Belgians and Dutch are beginning to understand the notion that Survivor is a game, and isn't just about who can build the best hut. At first, people reacted very negatively to our approach and couldn't believe we were so cutthroat. But we're not bad people; I was never impolite to anyone. We were just playing the game and taking advantage of the edge we had mentally and strategically.

Because our game strategy got so much attention, I think the next season of the show is going to be much more competitive. Matti, Fatima and I always made it a point to really explain to the audience why we made the moves we did. I wasn't going to make big strategic moves only to hide behind them--I wanted people to understand the thought process that went into it. I also wanted to preserve our integrity. I only did Survivor because I knew that I could separate emotions from strategy. If you can't do that, it's a really harsh game and you probably should not be participating. But given our background in poker, it was easy for the three of us. I'm really curious to see what happens next season. I think we may have set a precedent!

Christophe De Meulder
@PokerStars in PokerStars news