NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Wednesday, February 17, 2016, 1:53 PM
“I didn’t tell anyone I was a poker player,” said “Survivor” contestant Anna Khait, who once competed in the World Games as a handball player.
Like any good card player, she fulfilled a lifelong dream — with a bluff.
When professional poker player Anna Khait, 26, made the cast of “Survivor: Kaoh Rong” (debuting Wed. 8 p.m on WCBS/Ch. 2) she obscured what she actually does for a living, telling producers she worked as a cocktail waitress in an Atlantic City casino.
In reality, she’s a master strategist who really does work casino floors — winning other people’s money.
Players Nick Maiorano, Michele Fitzgerald, Anna Khait and Caleb Reynolds during the new season of “Survivor: Raoh Rong.”
“I didn’t tell anyone I was a poker player,” said Khait, a leggy, athletic brunette who once competed in the World Games as a handball player.
“I didn’t want anyone to know that I play a strategy game for a living, so I said I worked at the Borgata, which is true! It made people underestimate me.”
Anna Khait, Michele Fitzgerald, Caleb Reynolds, Nick Maiorano and Tai Trang try to stay afloat during the new season of “Survivor.”
Joining “Survivor” was a lifelong dream says Khait, who was born in St. Petersburg, Russia but now lives in Brooklyn.
She described the process as a rigorous, months-long screening process that almost ended before it started for Khait.
Professional poker player Anna Khait says that appearing as a contestant on “Survivor” has been a “lifelong dream.”
“After a casting call in Atlantic City, I waited in line for six hours, and I froze up during the interview. I was in tears.”
The new season, the 32nd edition of the reality show competition, will also feature former NBA star Scot Pollard and “Big Brother” contestant Caleb Reynolds.
Host Jeff Probst has called the environment on the Cambodian island “punishing.”
All the big talk won’t deter Khait, she said. “I am physically capable of kickin’ butt out there! I am not a girly girl.”