Archive for March, 2005

Million Dollar Blackjack on TV

Tuesday, March 29th, 2005

The Las Vegas Hilton’s Million Dollar Blackjack II finals were held in May 2004. And, finally, the Travel Channel shows from almost a year ago will air starting this week.

Tune in Wednesday night on the Travel Channel, at both 8 PM and 11 PM Eastern for “Travel Channel Secrets: Million Dollar Blackjack Tournament: Semifinals”. The one hour show will cover all three of the semifinal tables from the Hilton event. Two players from the six on each of these tables advance to the finals where first place is a million in cash. (Look for me among the participants. I think I’m in the second match shown.)

West Coast viewers should check your local schedule, since the show may be broadcast at different times.

Here’s the complete upcoming TV schedule:

The Semifinal episode will air on:
Wednesday, March 30th at 8 PM and 11 PM Eastern.
Wednesday, April 6th at 7 PM Eastern.
Thursday, April 7th at 2 AM Eastern.

The Final Table episode will air on:
Wednesday, April 6th at 8 PM and 11 PM Eastern.
Sunday April 10th at 2 AM Eastern.

Also, FYI, the final event of Million Dollar III is coming up soon at the Hilton on May 12th-14th.

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Innovative March Madness BJ Tourney

Monday, March 14th, 2005

The online casino Betcom is holding another blackjack tournament, with an interesting twist. The event features $20,000 in prizes and it is structured like the March Madness NCAA basketball tournament.

Among all those who enter and play in the first round ($50 entry fee), the top 64 scores advance into round 2 of the tournament. After that, each subsequent round eliminates half the field, just like in the NCAA tournament. So, in round 2, your goal is to be among the top 32 scores in a field of 64. In round 3, it’s the top 16 out of 32 who advance, and so on.

If you keep putting up high scores, you can roll all the way to the $5000 first prize on just your first entry fee. But, once you’ve qualified for one of the rounds, you can reenter in that round as often as you’d like to improve your score.

I’ve never seen a format quite like this, and I think it will be both interesting and profitable for savvy players. During each round, the ‘cutoff’ score will be displayed, so it should be interesting to see how this plays out.

If you want to participate, sign up now for the “Early Bird” special. You get two entries instead of one for the first $50 entry fee. That’s available until Wednesday March 16th. Play begins on March 17th.

More information here: Betcom $20,000 March Madness Blackjack Tournament