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WSOB Show 2 synopsis ready

Tuesday, February 1st, 2005

My hand-by-hand synopsis of week two in the World Series of Blackjack on GSN is now posted, and it’s available in time for you to use it to understand the rebroadcast of the show on Tuesday night (Feb 1st). GSN, 10 PM Eastern (and 10 PM Pacific I think).

I was one of the players on this show, so a few of my insights this week are straight from the actual table.

Caution: Spoiler!! If you haven’t seen the show yet and don’t want to know the outcome, don’t read the synopsis!

Here’s a link to the complete show recap:

World Series of Blackjack, Week 2

Wow, what a show!

Wednesday, January 26th, 2005

The premiere episode of GSN’s World Series of Blackjack lived up to all expectations, delivering an exciting and well-produced show. I stick with my comments made at the time; That tournament table featured some of the best play I’ve ever seen.

If you’d like to read my hand-by-hand recap of the show and join in the debate, visit the World Series of Blackjack 2, Episode 1 thread at BJT.

Tune in this Friday night for the show at 10 PM Eastern on GSN, where I’ll be one of the five competitors.

Mission Accomplished

Wednesday, December 29th, 2004

For the third year running, I’ve managed to win a seat in the final event in the Las Vegas Hilton’s Million Dollar Blackjack Tournament. It took a few tries this year, but in the December monthly qualifier I picked up one of the 16 big-event seats available. I went on to make the final table, but my results there weren’t as satisfying.

My final table story:

Bet limits are $100 to $2500, from a bankroll of $5000. About 12 hands into the 28 hand round, I decided to make some larger bets in an attempt to take the lead. I bet $900 to take the lead. I lost. On the next hand, I bet $1300 to take the lead. I lost. After those losses with my bankroll down to $2100, I decided to lay off a hand and of course, I won the minimum $100 bet.

On the next hand I bet half my remaining bank: $1100. I went all-in on a basic strategy double-down, 10 vs dealer 8. I lost that too. That was pretty much my whole final round. Three big bets. Three big losses.

Seventh place paid $1500, but the real prize for me was winning a seat in the final event on May 12th 2005, where 200 players will compete for the top prize of $1 million in cash.

A tournament oddity

Thursday, December 23rd, 2004

I was recently involved in a final hand at a blackjack tournament at the New Frontier in Las Vegas, where an opponent had a tough decision to make. He had a soft 18 facing a dealer ten, and the tournament situation made it unclear whether standing or hitting was preferable.

The complete situation, and an unusual discovery about it are detailed in this thread at

An unusual tournament situation

Jimmy Dime, card counters, lawsuits and more

Monday, November 22nd, 2004

An article in today’s Las Vegas Sun starts out talking about Jimmy Pine, aka “Young Jimmy Dime” who was a participant in the recent World Series of Blackjack’s second season. The story goes on to cover a laundry list of blackjack topics: Card counters, backrooming, lawsuits, and of course a few bits of WSOB2.

Press Release for ‘World Series of Blackjack’ second season

Monday, November 1st, 2004

Here’s the latest press release from GSN about the second season of World Series of Blackjack:

Filming takes place starting November 8th, and the shows are set to air starting January 11th, 2005 at 10 PM Eastern.

If last year is any guide, you can expect the participants to join the discussion at after each episode airs.

I’m fortunate to have been invited back to participate as one of the 40 players. In the first season I managed to make it to the final round but finished in sixth place. I’ve got a tab to settle with MIT Mike and Hollywood Dave this time around!

You could be a competitor on GSN’s World Series of Blackjack!

Wednesday, October 20th, 2004

GSN is currently searching for players to compete on the second season of “World Series of Blackjack”. Here’s the information, straight from GSN:

Play with the best blackjack players in the world!

GSN’s World Series of Blackjack is seeking big time tournament players for its second season. If you think you have what it takes, send us an email with your name and contact information. Email to

(Filming in November 2004 in Las Vegas at a location to be announced.)

What are you waiting for?