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Ronnie Bardah is a contestant from Survivor: Island of the Idols.

Ronnie launched an early campaign to eliminate Elaine Stott for her perceived likability, but this style of play turned the tribe against him and he became the first person voted out of his season.


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Age: 35
Hometown: Brockton, Massachusetts
Current residence: Henderson, Nevada
Occupation: Pro Poker Player
Hobbies: Kickboxing, beatboxing, and hiking.
Pet peeves: When people try to enter my elevator just as I am trying to exit! Also watching someone misplay a Hidden Immunity Idol makes me nuts.
Three words to describe you: Resilient, analytical, and savvy.
What accomplishment are you most proud of? Holding the world record for most consecutive cashes in the World Series of Poker (WSOP) main event. Also getting my dad out of Brockton and buying him a place in Henderson, Nevada!
Who or what is your inspiration in life? The American soldiers who risk their lives everyday fighting for our freedom. Also those who never give up.
What's one thing we wouldn't know from seeing a photo of you? That I am musically inclined.
Which Survivor contestant are you most like? Jeremy Collins because he's charismatic, loyal, compassionate, and can read players so well. Strategically, my approach would be a hybrid of Devon Pinto—bluffing the dumb role sneakily well—and Boston Rob—impeccable timing of making big moves and sniffing out when people are up to something.
What's your primary motivation for being on Survivor? To challenge myself like I never have before. I spend my life adapting to ever-changing environments. I grew up in a rough inner-city neighborhood and rose above and have been successful in one of the most competitive, cutthroat businesses on Earth. Poker is such a great challenge and competition and I want to always challenge myself to do better and better. There is no greater challenge in life than Survivor, I must conquer it.
Why do you think you'll "survive" Survivor? Because of the life I have already survived. It was a crazy rough neighborhood I grew up in, but I made it out and I have even traveled to 30 countries since then. I am also a beast at physical challenges. I have a very strong social game and, thanks to my poker skills, I will be able to read people well and will blindside the "blindsiders." I will be able to break hearts when I need to, even my own. The relationships will be real, but the ultimate goal will always be Sole Survivor.[2]


Ronnie was initially placed on the Lairo tribe, where he attempted to capitalize on Elaine Stott, Tom Laidlaw, and Vince Moua's venture into the woods on Day 1 to form a majority alliance with the rest of the tribe. Ronnie identified Elaine as his preferred target due to her perceived likelihood of winning a jury vote and attempted to build a relationship with her so that she would not see her elimination coming. However, Elaine saw through this facade and realized that Ronnie could not be trusted.

After Lairo lost the first Immunity Challenge on Day 3, Ronnie put his plan into motion. Worried that her name was being thrown out, Elaine approached Ronnie and Aaron Meredith about voting out Vince. The two men agreed, though they were secretly undecided. At Tribal Council, Ronnie cast his vote for Vince. However, Elaine's superior social connections won over Ronnie's plan, ousting him in a 7-2 vote.

Voting History

Episode Ronnie's
Voted Against
1 Vince Chelsea, Dean, Elaine,
Karishma, Missy, Tom, Vince
Voted Out, Day 3


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