WSOB Waiting game

February 15th, 2006 by KenSmith

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.


2 Responses to “WSOB Waiting game”

  1. Jan says:

    How does on get invited to WSOB?? Also the one deck at Ceasers AC has been terrific,,,,,,,,,,,,u can overcome the odds,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Jan

  2. KenSmith says:

    Whether WSOB will return for a fifth season is currently up in the air. Unlike previous years, no qualifying tournaments for 2008 have been announced so far. Frankly, it doesn’t look promising.

    GSN is now the home of the World Poker Tour on TV, and may be shifting their focus towards poker at the expense of blackjack. I hope not, but we’ll see.

    Meanwhile, if any information becomes available about how to qualify for future WSOB events, it will be widely discussed over at my tournament site BlackjackTournaments.com

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