World Series of Blackjack

Season 4 Episode 12

Semi Final 2

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Aired Monday 11:00 PM Aug 20, 2007 on GSN - Game Show Network
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Semi Final 2
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George Mandilaras, Jeff Swenson, Alice Walker, Jarek Markowiak and Marlin Horseman are the competitors for two seats in the final match of the fourth season of the World Series of Blackjack. As the players feel each other out, one follows a strategy of betting the minimum for many, many hands, playing it safe. It turns out to be a wise move against a series of particularly hot dealer hands, including no less than four blackjacks. As the gameplay intensifies, the players are forced to begin making moves, but one busts out when his luck takes a turn for the worst. Then, some particularly aggressive play sees another player potentially running away with the lead. Things remain close, however, as the players head to the final hands, leaving the fate of the game up in the air.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
    George Mandilaras

    George Mandilaras

    Tournament Player

    Guest Star

    Jeff Swenson

    Jeff Swenson

    Tournament Player

    Guest Star

    Alice Walker (II)

    Alice Walker (II)

    Tournament Player

    Guest Star

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    • TRIVIA (3)

      • In the final hand, Marlin had $180,000, Alice had $190,000 and Jarek had only $67,000. With two moving on to the finals, it was pretty much a foregone conclusion that Marlin and Alice would be the match's top two, unless they went crazy with their betting. Indeed, both of them went with $20,000 bets, while Jarek went with $50,000, knowing he was pretty much out of it. Marlin ended up surrendering his hand, a questionable move, as he had a shot at first place. With Marlin's surrender, Alice had the option of surrendering and guaranteeing a win, but chose to play out the hand. She ended up winning the match anyway, earning $25,000 and her spot in the finals, while Marlin took $5,000 and his spot in the final.

      • In a particularly big hand for her, Alice Walker split a pair of sevens with a $15,000 bet on the table. She hit one to a 10 and the other to 11, then doubled down on both, for a total of $60,000 on the table. Dealer Jessica Knight busted, though her down cards were a ten and an ace, so she likely would won even had there not been a dealer bust. Later, Alice once again split sevens with $20,000 on the table. It was a much riskier move later on in the tournament and didn't pay off nearly as well, but she still managed a push.

      • Jeff Swenson was the first player to leave the match. With only $50,500, he went all in for a maximum bet of $50,000 but busted. Later, the pressure got to George Mandilaras when he was faced with being the low chip-stack in the game's only knockout round. He surrendered his hand --- a big mistake, as he ended up surrendering into last place once the other players followed his lead.

    • QUOTES (6)

      • Alice: Split it.
        Matt: Oh, is Alice a gambler or what? This might be a little bit overconfident. She's now put her lead in jeopardy by splitting sevens against a dealer ten. She could fall into last place if this goes bad for her.

      • Matt: Marlin told us that as a man married for 46 years, the money he may win will go to his wife. He wants the title.

      • >Alice: (in interview segment) I have conquered the three-card poker world and now I'm here to take home the blackjack trophy. Woo-hoo!

      • Alice: Jessica gets more tens, guys. I've never seen this many tens for the dealer. Oh my god...
        Matt: Jessica's fourth blackjack in twelve hands!

      • Matt: A dealer queen.
        Alice: Jessica gets a ten every time.
        Matt: Jeff wants to use his Burger King Power Chip on the dealer, but at this point, it's a souvenir.

      • Marlin: I've learned very little about blackjack in my life---
        Jarek: Oh...
        Marlin: But one thing I know is the dealer can't have two straight blackjacks, right?
        Jarek: Absolutely.

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