Ronnie Bardah entered Survivor: Island of the Idols playing a Day 33 game on days 1, 2, and 3, targeting Elaine. Should he return in a future season?
There’s just something about poker that makes its many professional players so cursed at playing the game of Survivor. You would think the ability to pick up social cues, crunch the numbers in your head, and take out emotions when coming up with logic-based solutions would make you perfect for the game. Unfortunately, Island of the Idols continues to prove the logic wrong.
Ronnie Bardah entered the game with what he thought were the numbers ahead of the first vote of the season. While everyone on the Lairo tribe was getting to know each other, share some stories, and prepare for the first Immunity Challenge (and survival at large), Ronnie was studying the people, quickly coming up with a target that he thought would have the chance to win the game.
That person was Elaine, a self-described busted can of biscuits that had everybody laughing and keeping well in spirits. Going out into the Fijian wilderness and surviving is no easy task even with a million dollars on the line, and Ronnie saw that Elaine had her tribe wrapped around her fingers within a matter of days. The fact she could win the game proved too much for Ronnie, a player who inevitably lasted all but three days himself.
Ronnie’s social game was not as good as he thought, as after a conversation to better get to know Elaine and assuage doubts, Elaine became suspicious of him. While Ronnie was pointing to Elaine, Tom Laidlaw, and Vince Moua as three players going off on their own and forming a distrustful trio, he came off as playing a bit too hard, too early.
Ronnie Bardah may have played Survivor for three days, but he should have been given a chance to play a few weeks more. He’s a charismatic guy at the poker table who can laugh off being bluffed big time by Miss Finland in a tournament for a million dollars, so vote here in our straw poll to let us know if you believe Ronnie should get another shot to play the game in the future.