World Series of Blackjack

Season 4 Episode 7

Ken Einiger v. Joe v. Rick Fortin v. Don Rebentisch v. Kristine

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Aired Monday 11:00 PM Jul 16, 2007 on GSN - Game Show Network
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Ken Einiger v. Joe v. Rick Fortin v. Don Rebentisch v. Kristine
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The seventh qualifying tournament of the season saw the return of Ken Einiger, the champion from the show's second season. Having played in all four seaons, he was hoping to become the first and only player to be a two-time champion. Hoping to deflect him from this dream were four other players, all stiff competition. The match included Joe Reitman, an actor from Los Angeles, California who has won over $300,000 in tournaments. There was also Rick Fortin from Warner Robins, Georgia --- an aerospace engineer. The only female entrant in this match was Kristine Johnson, an insurance agent from Longview, Washington. Finally, there was Don Rebentisch, a retired mechanic from Coral, Michigan. After a slow start to the match, play began in earnest, with steadily increasing bets and risks taken by the players. On the whole, it was a quiet match, marked by superb emotional control by many of the players. However, when one player found himself in a hole heading up to the final hand, he was forced to make maximum bets in the hopes of getting back in the game. Instead, he fell further and further behind, leaving the final hand to be a two-player affair.moreless

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    Ken Einiger

    Ken Einiger

    Tournament Player

    Guest Star

    Joe Reitman

    Joe Reitman

    Tournament Player

    Guest Star

    Rick Fortin

    Rick Fortin

    Tournament Player

    Guest Star

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    • TRIVIA (2)

      • Only Rick Fortin and Kristine Johnson were left for the final hand, Ken having gone out in the one previous. Rick had $184,000 and made a max bet of $50,000. Kristine had a sizable lead at $260,000 and bet $25,000. Both doubled down --- though Kristine didn't need to do so in order to win. A dealer bust gave Kristine the win, with Rick getting a wild-card spot.

      • Unusually, play was shown starting from the fourth hand and not the first. Play had started uneventfully, with Ken Einiger having a very small lead with $104,000 by the fourth hand.

    • QUOTES (8)

      • Matt: Well, Kristine's keeping it together on the outside, but inside she's thrilled. The 27-year-old is one step closer to the $500,000 grand prize and we'll see her again in the semis.

      • Matt: Rick begging for a card. It's as non-mechanical as he's been all night.

      • Matt: You gotta know your math and be a gambler.

      • Matt: Rick told us before the tournament he got hooked on blackjack 28 years ago when his wife gave him a blackjack book for Christmas --- a day she has gone to either cherish or rue depending on how much money Rick has either won or lost in the last 28 years.

      • Matt: Ken is clearly the most relaxed at this table. He's played in all four World Series of Blackjacks.

      • Matt: Rick and Don have not changed their expressions all game long. It's hard to tell whether they're, you know, playing this close to the vest or bored out of their minds. Come on, Don. Crack a smile.

      • Matt: Joe told us before the tournament that he's an emotional player. He gets angry at the cards. Holding that anger in check so far.

      • Matt: Not a lot of jocularity yet at this table.
        Joe: Ken's been drinking since noon.

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