Archive for the ‘WSOB’ Category

World Series of Blackjack IV, my show tonight

Monday, July 9th, 2007

My first-round appearance in this year’s World Series of Blackjack is on tonight’s show, which airs at 11 PM Eastern on the GSN network.  In other parts of the country, check your television schedule.

Tonight’s players include me (Ken Smith), celebrity Penn Jillette, tournament regular Marlin Horseman, and relative newcomers to tournament play Helen Ho and T.J. Boros.

For satellite viewers, you can find GSN on DirecTV channel 309 and DishNetwork channel 116.

WSOB Waiting game

Wednesday, February 15th, 2006

This is the week. Many players are anxiously eyeing the telephone this week hoping for a phone call from GSN’s World Series of Blackjack. The 2006 season of the TV show is set to start filming in less than two weeks, and there are still seats to be filled.

While official numbers haven’t been released by GSN, it appears that of the 40 player seats in the televised event, only 20 to 30 of them have been filled by satellite qualifiers. That leaves between 10 and 20 seats to be assigned by GSN. To that end, many players have been submitting their tournament credentials to the producers, hoping for a freeroll and a shot at the $500,000 first place prize.

After submitting the initial information, many players were asked to provide a short video of themselves. In the last few days, some potential participants have gotten follow-up phone calls asking additional questions. I expect the decisions to be made by the end of this week.

That phone call is worth a cool $25,000 in expected value. Ring, ring.

Hear Ken Smith live tonight

Thursday, July 14th, 2005

I’ll be the guest tonight on Kenny Einiger’s radio show in Las Vegas. You can tune in at 6 PM Pacific to hear me and Kenny talk about all things blackjack and tournaments. If you’re close enough to Las Vegas to get the signal, tune in to KLAV radio at 1230 on the AM dial.If you’re further away, you can still listen over the internet. Head to and you can find links to listen to the show live.

It’s also a call-in show. Here are the numbers:
Call Toll Free @ 1-866-820-5528
or locally @ 1-702-731-1230

Please note the toll free number gets the bulk of the calls so you may encounter a busy signal.The local number has multiple lines available and may be less busy.

If you’re unfamiliar with Kenny Einiger, he was among the competitors I faced in World Series of Blackjack 2004 and 2005. In 2004, he made an early exit when an aggressive approach didn’t pan out. In 2005 though, he went all the way, and earned the title 2005 World Blackjack Champion.

He has a new website at

Check it out, and check out the show later today!

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.

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?