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  • Ultimate Blackjack Tour

    Ken Smith   |    October 16, 2005

    I’m just back from Vegas, where I participated in a new series of blackjack tournaments produced for TV. The new Ultimate Blackjack Tour adds some interesting twists to the usual formula of blackjack tournaments, and I think the new format will be great for TV.

  • Jury rules against Caesars Palace and Griffin Investigations

    Ken Smith   |    June 19, 2005

    The James Grosjean and Michael Russo case against Caesars Palace and Griffin Investigations is done, and the jury ruled in favor of Grosjean and Russo, awarding $100,000 in actual damages. Caesars chose to settle with the plaintiffs before the punitive damage portion of the jury deliberations, but Griffin did not. The jury awarded an additional […]

  • Million Dollar Blackjack on TV

    Ken Smith   |    March 29, 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”. […]

  • Advantage players are a versatile bunch

    Ken Smith   |    February 18, 2005

    An item in today’s Las Vegas Mercury discusses various casino advantage players and their tactics. It covers a broad spectrum including card counting, hole card play, sports betting, poker, and even craps. The article starts with a few paragraphs about Eliot “The Mayor” Jacobson. Stanford Wong weighs in on his new passion, beating the game […]

  • French-speaking Canadian gamblers get the green light

    Ken Smith   |    February 13, 2005

    From the Edmonton Sun: WINNIPEG — The Manitoba Lotteries Corporation has partially lifted a ban on French in the province’s casinos by allowing bilingual blackjack tables twice a week. Although Manitoba recognizes French as an official language, provincial rules normally forbid any language other than English at many casino tables to prevent collusion among gamblers. […]

  • WSOB Show 2 synopsis ready

    Ken Smith   |    February 1, 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 […]

  • Wow, what a show!

    Ken Smith   |    January 26, 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 […]

  • Mission Accomplished

    Ken Smith   |    December 29, 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, […]

  • A tournament oddity

    Ken Smith   |    December 23, 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 […]

  • Jimmy Dime, card counters, lawsuits and more

    Ken Smith   |    November 22, 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.