World Series of Blackjack

Season 4 Episode 11

Semi Final 1

Aired Monday 11:00 PM Aug 13, 2007 on GSN - Game Show Network
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Semi Final 1
T.J. Boros, Marvin Ornstein, Salomon Cohen-Botbol, Kristine Johnson and Rick Fortin compete in the first semi-final match of the season to determine who will advance to the final for a shot at the grand prize of $500,000. The game seems some aggressive play early on, but when one player plays a little too aggressively, he finds himself out of luck on the first knockout hand. As the high stakes come out, some players find themselves rooting heavily for the dealer --- hoping she will wipe the table during a time when they've bet low. With their one shot at making the finals on the line, some risky plays come out, including an unusual splitting of 10s. In the final hand, despite one player having a commanding lead, all three find themselves in with a shot of winning. The top two move on to the final, while the season comes to a close for the rest.moreless

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    T.J. Boros

    T.J. Boros

    Tournament Player

    Guest Star

    Marvin Ornstein

    Marvin Ornstein

    Tournament Player

    Guest Star

    Salomon Cohen Botbol

    Salomon Cohen Botbol

    Tournament Player

    Guest Star

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (3)

      • In the final hand, Rick Fortin, Kristine Johnson and Marvin Ornstein were left standing. Rick had $238,000 and bet $5,000 --- a bad play, as this left an opportunity for both of his opponents to beat him if they doubled down and won, even if he won the hand. Kristine had $144,000 and bet the maximum. Marvin had $146,500 and also went for the maximum. Both doubled down on tough hands --- Kristine on a 12 and Marvin on a 14. Knowing that he had to get more money out, Rick was able to make a successful split of 10s, landing a 20 and 21. Jessica drew to 17, making Rick automatically safe. When the double-downs shook out, Marvin lost his with a 16, but Kristine won with a 20, so she claimed second-place. Rick picked up an additional $25,000 with his win, while Kristine picked up an additional $5,000, but most importantly, both moved on to the final match.

      • In the second knockout hand, Rick Fortin split aces to increase his already maximum bet to $100,000 --- a standard basic strategy play, but risky in a hand where the player with the lowest chip stack at the end would be going home. The gamble paid off, however, as he received both a 20 and a 21 --- ensuring that he was not only safe from being knocked out, but would have a substantial lead going into the final five hands. On the other hand, T.J. Boros made a questionable move by splitting 3s to push out an additional $50,000. He busted on one, forcing him to double down on a 12 with the other. He ended up with an 18, which was not enough to beat the dealer's 20 and he was knocked out.

      • In an unusual moment for the World Series of Blackjack, Marvin was "counted out" in the first knockout hand. He spent too much time trying to calculate his bet, so dealer Jessica warned him that he would have five seconds in which to place it. Time ran out, so a minimum bet was automatically placed. He tried to argue that he hadn't been given enough time, but an on-screen counter clearly proved that he was in error. The table's pit boss, Brett, called him out and he was forced to accept the ruling.

    • QUOTES (5)

      • Matt: Still not quite sure how these two can remain so calm when they're just one victory away from winning half a million dollars, but the drama's just beginning for Rick and Kristine because their next table is the final table.

      • Matt: Pair of bullets for Rick. (cheers from audience)
        Marvin: Let me take your pulse here.

      • Rick: Make a hand, now.
        Marvin: Who are you rooting for?
        Rick: The dealer.
        Marvin: Hey, I thought you were rooting for me.
        Rick: No.
        Marvin: I thought you said we were friends.

      • Matt: (after Marvin makes a $25,000 bet) A lot on the line for Marvin here, as the other players acting after him have bet small. Marvin having a tough time disguising his contempt for the cards tonight.

      • T.J.: 20,000, please.
        Matt: And 20 grand from T.J., who told us he likes to play fast and aggressive. Not just sitting on his lead, he wants to extend it here.

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