Blackjack Tournaments

  • Ultimate Blackjack Tour Season Two Begins

    Ken Smith   |    September 14, 2007

    It’s that time again… The Ultimate Blackjack Tour has a second season of shows ready to air, and they start this Saturday (tomorrow) September 15th, 2007. Tune in on CBS at 2 PM Eastern to check out the first of the one-hour episodes.

  • World Series of Blackjack IV, my show tonight

    Ken Smith   |    July 9, 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 […]

  • Grand Casino Tunica Tournament Not So Grand

    Ken Smith   |    June 26, 2007

    The recent $150,000 “Wild Bill Showdown” Blackjack Tournament held June 15th-16th, 2007 at Grand Casino Tunica left many participants shaking their heads in disgust at the way the event was handled by casino staff. The event truly displayed a level of ineptitude and arrogance that somehow managed to exceed this industry’s already normal “Screw the […]

  • WSOB Waiting game

    Ken Smith   |    February 15, 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.

  • Sheraton Tunica Tourney

    Ken Smith   |    January 29, 2006

    I’m just back from a blackjack tournament at the Sheraton Casino in Tunica, Mississippi. The venue was new, but the tournament was a familiar one. The former table games manager from Bally’s Tunica has relocated to the Sheraton, and he brought the popular tournaments from that property along with him.

  • Ultimate Blackjack Tour – Season One is a Wrap

    Ken Smith   |    November 9, 2005

    Well, the first season of the new Ultimate Blackjack Tour is a wrap. In a long but very exciting week, filming finished up in late October at CBS Studios in Los Angeles. The more than $1 million in prize money was big news, but the real impact of these events will come once they hit […]

  • 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.

  • 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”. […]

  • 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 […]

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