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The World Series of Blackjack

13 Mar 2009

Today a great variety of online and offline blackjack games is not a surprise for gamblers as well as new technologies used at blackjack tables. As blackjack is the most popular card game at land gaming revenues and online casinos any innovation in the world of blackjack will have a great success. One of such quite new inventions is a blackjack tournament. Now it is not difficult to find good blackjack tournaments at the local casinos or on the Internet but the only the event with the worldwide scale can attract a great number of viewers and participants. This is the World Series of Blackjack.

The World Series of Blackjack is a televised version of blackjack tournaments that involve players from all over the world. It was created and produced by the cable network GSN. It is not easy to get a seat at this tournament because The World Series of Blackjack is a closed event. The best blackjack players are invited by the hosts to take part in the tournaments or win the entries to the event at the multiple satellite tournaments.

The first two seasons of the World Series of Blackjack were commented by the well-known Matt Vasgersian and Max Rubin. The third season that began on June 5, 2006 saw new TV hosts – Fugelsang and Ben Mezrich. At first the event didn’t involve many players and only the fourth season that started on June 4, 2007 welcomed 40 players to compete for a $1 million prize pool. This time Vasgersian again provided the commentary for the event.

Rules

According to the last season rules, the minimum betting amount is $1,000 and the maximum bet is $50,000 at the tournament.  Each gambler gets the so-called "Burger King Power Chip" for every round and this special chip allows to switch one card in the hand with the next card in the deck. Originally, the players didn’t have such option during the first two seasons and the specific power chip has been added only for the season 3.

There are two "knockout cards" in the shoe which when drawn eliminate the players with the lowest amount of chips after the next hand. After each knockout card drawn the betting amount is increased. The other rules of the tournaments are:

  • The players are allowed to Double Down on any hand.
  • Split, Double Down and Insurance are allowed for less than the player’s original bet.
  • Surrender option is available.
  • The dealer must Stand on all soft 17s.
  • The player who doesn’t have enough money to place a minimum bet is eliminated.

Today a great variety of online and offline blackjack games is not a surprise for gamblers as well as new technologies used at blackjack tables. As blackjack is the most popular card game at land gaming revenues and online casinos any innovation in the world of blackjack will have a great success. One of such quite new inventions is a blackjack tournament. Now it is not difficult to find good blackjack tournaments at the local casinos or on the Internet but the only the event with the worldwide scale can attract a great number of viewers and participants. This is the World Series of Blackjack.

The World Series of Blackjack is a televised version of blackjack tournaments that involve players from all over the world. It was created and produced by the cable network GSN. It is not easy to get a seat at this tournament because The World Series of Blackjack is a closed event. The best blackjack players are invited by the hosts to take part in the tournaments or win the entries to the event at the multiple satellite tournaments.

The first two seasons of the World Series of Blackjack were commented by the well-known Matt Vasgersian and Max Rubin. The third season that began on June 5, 2006 saw new TV hosts – Fugelsang and Ben Mezrich. At first the event didn’t involve many players and only the fourth season that started on June 4, 2007 welcomed 40 players to compete for a $1 million prize pool. This time Vasgersian again provided the commentary for the event.

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Mitch Hedberg
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