The fourth season of World Series of Blackjack premiered on Monday, June 4, 2007 at 11 P.M. eastern on GSN. The "Burger King Power Chip" and "Knockout Card" introduced in the previous season are once more be in play. Filmed once again at the Las Vegas Hilton, this edition includes celebrity guests such as Penn Jillette, Orel Hershisher and Celebrity Blackjack champion Caroline Rhea. New episodes are now airing weekly on GSN. Matt Vasgersian has returned this season for commentary. Watch each week, or play along using your mobile phone.
World Series of Blackjack returned to GSN on June 5. The third season ended on August 28. Viewers watched once again as the best minds in blackjack competed for the top prize. This time, there was a million dollars at stake, with a grand prize of $500,000. The new filming location was the Las Vegas Hilton.
Congratulations to this year's champion, Dr. Jeff Bernstein. Congratulations also to runners-up Tony Duong and John Payne as well as all who qualified. Keep watching for more details on the next season of the program.
This Monday, September 4, catch a special on GSN --- the World Blackjack Tour. Filmed with the same locations and hosts as the World Series of Blackjack, this one-time event pitted international players in a competition for $10,000. And if you missed any of this season of the World Series of Blackjack, catch repeats beginning on September 11.
The format for this season was a bit different. Although some players returned from the previous season, others qualified at various tournaments in casinos throughout the United States. Additionally, two of the best players from a tournament on America Online were invited as well.
There were two new hosts for this season - John Fugelsang and Ben Mezrich. John Fugelsang once hosted America's Funniest Home Videos while Ben Mezrich is known for his book, Bringing Down the House.
The following special rules were in play this season:
"Knockout Card" - This knocks the player with the least amount of money out of the game. This card appears twice in the game. If it does, then the next round becomes a knockout round. The player with the least money will be knocked out at the end of that round, unless somebody busts out in the round before the knockout round. The knockout card can appear in either a dealer or player hand. In either case, it is replaced with another card.
"Second Chance" - A drawing to invite an eliminated player back to the game in one of the two wild-card rounds. Every player who did not place first or second in one of the qualifiers has a chance at the second-chance drawing. Those that finished in third received three tickets, fourth received two, and each fifth-place finisher received one.
"Burger King Power Chip" - This valuable chip lets a player change a card. Each player gets one but only one of these per game, so it's important not to waste it. The power chip can be also be used as method of "checking" a double-down card. If they player likes the card, they are allowed to keep it and that will count as a use of the power chip. If they don't like it, they may opt to replace it.
The players are staked $100,000. The minimum bet begins at $1,000. After the first knockout round, the minimum bet rises to $2,500. After the second knockout round, it rises to $5,000. The maximum bet is always $50,000.
World Series of Blackjack is part of GSN's interactive block! To play along online, visit GSN's website during any airing of the show.
Missed the finale? You can catch a repeat August 30 at 2 A.M., or on September 3 at 10 P.M. And watch repeats of the entire season beginning on September 11.
World Series of Blackjack returns with bigger stakes and new players. Forty amateur and pro players will be competing for a total of $500,000 in prize money. Watch all of the blackjack action being held at the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. An invitation-only event, this season features the return of top players "MIT" Mike, "Hollywood" Dave Stann and many more.
World Series of Blackjack's second season began on Friday, January 21, 2005 at 10 P.M. The new season featured a new co-host, Megan Riordan and a new dealer to go along with the new casino --- dealer Diana.
25 Hands Players Staked $100,000 Minimum $1000 bet, Maximum $50000 bet Dealer Stands at 17 (including soft) Six Deck Shoe Double After Split Allowed Late Surrender Allowed Double for Less Allowed Insurance Offered
Part of GSN's new programming block, World Series of Blacjack consists of a series of blackjack tournaments held the Mohegan Sun casino of southeastern Connecticut. Each episode features thirty hands of blackjack, with the winner receiving $10,000 and a spot in the $100,000 championship tournament. There is also one wild-card winner who receives $5,000 and a spot in the Wild Card Tournament. Commentary is provided throughout by Matt Vasgersian, known for his work in sports commentary and Max Rubin, a gambling expert. The attractive Tiki Arsenault deals the cards and Melana Scantlin (Average Joe) is on-hand to provide background information on the various Native American traditions of the Mohegan Sun casino, as well as practical blackjack tips. Rules:
Players Staked $10,000 Minimum $100 bet, Maximum $5000 bet Dealer Stands at 17 (including soft) Double After Split Allowed Late Surrender Allowed Double for Less Allowed Insurance Offered
Special thanks to KenSmith, manager of BlackjackTournaments.com for the schedule for both the second and third seasons!moreless