World Series of Blackjack

Season 4 Episode 10

Wild Card 2

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Aired Monday 11:00 PM Aug 06, 2007 on GSN - Game Show Network
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Wild Card 2
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Rick Jensen, Phil Dunaway, Norm Sheridan and Marlin Horseman, having placed second in their original qualifying matches, return for one last chance to make the semi-finals. Additionally, Christiane Hogenbirk returns in the second-chance drawing. With only one spot in the finals remaining, everyone battles fiercely, but they face a hot streak on the part of the dealer, who repeatedly shows a 10-value card as her up-card. A streak of especially bad luck sends one player home early, leaving the other four to battle it out. At this point, some exciting swings see two players very nearly leaving the game before battling back to be within range of their opponents. Then, after taking another fall, winning his hand is not enough to save another from being knocked out when the second knockout card appears. The game comes down to an exciting final hand where one player is forced to double on a bad hand to have any hope of winning.moreless

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    Rick Jensen

    Rick Jensen

    Tournament Player

    Guest Star

    Phil Dunaway

    Phil Dunaway

    Tournament Player

    Guest Star

    Norm Sheridan

    Norm Sheridan

    Tournament Player

    Guest Star

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    • TRIVIA (3)

      • On a particularly hot night for the dealer, three remained for the final hand, but only two effectively still had a shot at winning. Rick had $14,500 left and bet $14,000, but he had no way to catch up. Christiane had $123,500 and made the maximum bet of $50,000. Marlin had $201,000 and bet $30,000. Christinae doubled down on a 13, which was smart, because Marlin could have surrendered to a victory if she hadn't doubled down. As it was, the dealer remained hot, drawing to a 21, which automatically won the match for Marlin. Her double-down card was meaningless, as even a push would not have won the match for her.

      • Phil Dunaway busted out of the match early on, well before the first knockout card appeared. On one particularly rough hand, he drew to a 17, only to face a particularly agonizing dealer progression of 3 -> 13 -> 14 -> 15 -> 19. He had doubled down after splitting and took a big loss. On the very next hand, the dealer got a blackjack and Phil left the match without having won a single hand.

      • As with the previous wild card match, a second chance drawing was held before the start of the match to give one more lucky player a chance to return to the competition. This time, Christiane Hogenbirk, who placed fourth in her original match, was the winner.

    • QUOTES (7)

      • Matt: Well, that's the ebb and flow of tournament blackjack. Marlin fights back from nowhere to gain control and then barely hangs on. We'll see him again in the semis.

      • Rick: (in an outrageous southern accent) I heard somebody say the cards are coming. I hope they're right.
        Christiane: (giggles)
        Rick: That was funny. Max 50.

      • Matt: Dealer ten again. Nothing but high cards for thirteen consecutive hands.

      • Christiane: Ugh!
        Matt: It sounds like she's hacking up a lung when she gets those bad hands.

      • Marlin: Here comes the comeback kid.
        Norm: Sometimes you gotta play, Marlin. You just can't surrender out.

      • Norm: (after drawing to a ten) Can I double?
        Phil: Yeah. Late double.
        Matt: Someone always makes that gag.

      • Phil: Well, if it's meant to be, it's meant to be. $50,000. (cheers and applause from audience)
        Matt: A max bet. It's only hand five, but this may be the blackjack general's last stand.

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