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Hosts
Matt Vasgersian (Seasons 1, 2 & 4)
John Fugelsang (Season 3)
Color Analysts
Max Rubin (Seasons 1, 2 & 4)
Ben Mezrich (Season 3)
Co-Host
Melana Scantlin (Season 1)
Megan Riordan (Season 2)
Dealers
Tiki Arsenault (Season 1)
Deanna Bacon (Seasons 2-3)
Jessica Knight (Season 4)
Broadcast
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GSN: 2004–2007
Packager
Planet Grande Productions

World Series of Blackjack was a 1-hour closed tournament series where players were either invited to play or could attempt to win a spot via a satellite tournament.

GameplayEdit

The rules were as follows:

  • Each player began with $10,000 in chips in Season 1 and $100,000 in chips in Season 2-4.
  • The initial minimum bet was $100 & the max bet was $5,000 (both in Season 1), and minimum bet was $1,000 & the maximum bet was $50,000 (both in Seasons 2-4).
  • There were six decks.
  • Starting in Season 3, each player received one "Burger King Power Chip" per round, which allowed a player to switch one card with the next card in the shoe. If used on a double-down hand, the player could look at the double-down card and replace it if desired. This feature would later be used in a future GSN original Catch 21.
  • Also starting in Season 3, there were two "knockout cards" in the shoe. Once a knockout card was drawn, the player with the lowest score after the next hand was eliminated. After the first knockout card, the minimum bet increased to $2,500, and after the second, the bet increased to $5,000. The deck was shuffled after each knockout card. If there were only four players when the first was drawn and three when the second was drawn, no players were eliminated, but the minimum bet still increased.
  • Players could split, double-down & insure for less than their bet.
  • Players could double-down on anything, including blackjacks.
  • Surrendering the hand was legal, which allowed players to give up half their bet and concede the hand.
  • If a player couldn't make the minimum bet or ran out of chips, they were eliminated.
  • Blackjack paid 3 to 2.
  • The dealer had to stand on all 17s and higher, including soft hands.
  • After 30 hands in Season 1 and 25 hands in Seasons 2-4, the player with the most chips won.

Season 1 resultsEdit

The World Series of Blackjack Tournament was held at Mohegan Sun Casino & Resort in Connecticut. First place would move on to the Final table while second place would move on to the Wild Card table. The winner of the Wild Card table would move on to the Final table. First place at the Final table won $100,000.

Round Winner Runner-Up Other Players
Round 1 Regina Guzior Michael Konik James Grosjean
Anthony Curtis
Connie Desimone
Round 2 "MIT Mike" Aponte "Hollywood" Dave Stann Ken Einiger
Joanna "Queen of Spades" W.
Susan Pikor
Round 3 Micky Rosa Bobby J. Bradley Peterson
Cathy Hulbert
Ashwin Patel
Round 4 Jimmy Pine Previn Mankodi Stanford Wong
Ann Van Dyke
Nick Dillon
Round 5 Ken Smith Richard Munchkin Jane Gamble
Franky DeRocco
Skip Samad
Wild Card Round "Hollywood" Dave Stann Bobby J. Michael Konik
Previn Mankodi
Richard Munchkin
Finals Mike Aponte "Hollywood" Dave Stann Jimmy Pine
Micky Rosa
Regina Guzior
Ken Smith

Mike Aponte, a former member of the MIT Blackjack Team, won the Season 1 championship and $100,000.

Season 2 resultsEdit

The World Series of Blackjack Tournament was held at Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. First place would move on to the Semi-Final table while second place would move on to the Wild Card table. The winner of the Wild Card table would move on to the Semi-Final table. The top two finishers in the Semi-Final table would move on to the Final table for chance at winning $250,000. First place at the Final table won the $250,000 grand prize.

Round Winner Runner-Up Other Players
Round 1 Kevin Blackwood "Hollywood" Dave Stann Joe Pane
Rene Angelil
Katya Underhill
Round 2 Leann Moell Charlene Ono Ken Smith
Russ Hamilton
Marshall Sylver
Round 3 Stanford Wong Robert Blechman Regina Guzior
Richard Taraska
Nicki Vermeulen
Round 4 Kami Lis Nancy Kubasek Rick Blaine
Michael Konik
Henry Tamburin
Wild Card Round 1 Charlene Ono "Hollywood" Dave Stann
Nancy Kubasek
Robert Blechman
Round 6 Anthony Curtis Erica Schoenberg Tyrone Washington
Rick Swogger
David Page
Round 7 Rick Jensen Ken Einiger Angie "Moneytaker" Hardy
Jimmy Pine
Jean Scott
Round 8 Viktor Nacht Micky Rosa Chuck Gorson
Joe Maloof
Lorna Fox
Round 9 Jason Geraci Michelle Richards "MIT" Mike Aponte
Eric Kiel
Brian Zembic
Wild Card Round 2 Ken Einiger Micky Rosa
Erica Schoenberg
Michelle Richards
Semi-Final Rick Jensen Ken Einiger Anthony Curtis
Viktor Nacht
Semi-Final Stanford Wong Kami Lis Kevin Blackwood
Leann Moell
Finals Ken Einiger Kami Lis Stanford Wong
Rick Jensen

Ken Einiger claimed the Season 2 championship, winning $250,000.

Season 3 resultsEdit

The World Series of Blackjack Tournament was held at Hilton Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. 1st place would move on to the Semi-Final table while 2nd place would move on to the Wild Card table. The winner of the Wild Card table would move on to the Semi-Final table. The top two finishers in the Semi-Final table would move on to the Final table for chance at winning $500,000. First place at the Final table won the $500,000 grand prize.

Round Winner Runner-Up Other Players
Round 1 Paul Haas Tommy Dyer John Grannis
Sheila Taylor
Ken Einiger
Round 2 Charlie Montoya Kami Lis Anthony Lu
Steve Bortle
Darrell Arnold
Round 3 Jeff Bernstein Angie "Moneytaker" Hardy Jamie Root
David Weston
Mano Fuentes
Round 4 Henry Tran Randy Driggers Jennifer Ortega
Ted Coustenis
Tommy Connor
Round 5 Tony Duong John Payne Shawn Crowder
Vicki Reed
"Hollywood" Dave Stann
Round 6 Dominick Haven Ken Smith Paul Eckstein
Val Hunter
Elie Karam
Round 7 Pat Nicholas Henry Fletcher Mikki Padilla
Frank Calderone
David Matthews
Round 8 "Razor" Rob Boisvert Erica Schoenberg Marshall E. Lafferty
Scottie Black
Randy Joyce
Wild Card Round 1 Kami Lis Randy Driggers
Ken Smit
Tommy Dyer
Tommy Connor1
Wild Card Round 2 John Payne Jamie Root1
Erica Schoenberg
Angie Hardy
Henry Fletcher
Semi-Final 1 Jeff Bernstein John Payne Henry Tran
Paul Haas
Pat Nicholas
Semi-Final 2 Kami Lis Charlie Montoya Tony Duong
Dominick Haven
Rob Boisvert
Finals Jeff Bernstein Tony Duong2 John Payne
Kami Lis
Charlie Montoya

Dr. Jeff Bernstein won the $500,000 grand prize for his Season 3 victory.

1Qualified for Wild Card Round through random drawing among all 3rd-5th place preliminary finishers.
2Qualified for Final Table through random drawing among all 3rd-5th place semi-final finishers.

Season 4 resultsEdit

Same as previous season

Round Winner Runner-Up Other Players
Round 1 George Mandilaras Phil Dunaway Tiffany Michelle
Christiane Hogenbirk
Jeff Bernstein
Round 2 Jeff Swenson Kami Lis Lon Johnson
Juan Cloud
Joe Malc
Round 3 Alice Walker Norm Sheridan Joe Fisher
Kacie Bergeron
"Hollywood" Dave Stann
Round 4 Salomon Cohen-Botbol Rick Jensen Orel Hershiser
Philip Richman
Mikki Sullivan
Round 5 Jarek Markowiak Darrell Arnold Caroline Rhea
Hans Schmid
Eli Haber
Round 6 T. J. Boros Marlin Horseman Penn Jillette
Ken Smith
Helen Ho
Round 7 Kristine Johnson Rick Fortin Ken Einiger
Don Rebentisch
Joe Reitman
Round 8 Marvin Ornstein Dannye Long Henry Tran
Angelo Merkouris
Shannon Elizabeth
Wild Card Round 1 Rick Fortin Darrell Arnold
Henry Tran1
Dannye Long
Kami Lis
Wild Card Round 2 Marlin Horseman Christianne Hogenbirk1
Rick Jensen
Norm Sheridan
Phil Dunaway
Semi-Final 1 Rick Fortin Kristine Johnson Marvin Ornstein
T. J. Boros
Salomon Cohen-Botbol
Semi-Final 2 Alice Walker Marlin Horseman Jarek Markowiak
George Mandilaras
Jeff Swenson
Finals Alice Walker Marlin Horseman Rick Fortin
Kristine Johnson
T. J. Boros2

Alice Walker (who had previously won GSN's million-dollar Three card poker championship) took first place and $500,000.
1Qualified for Wild Card Round through random drawing among all 3rd-5th place preliminary finishers.
2Qualified for final table through random drawing among all 3rd-5th places semi-final finishers

TriviaEdit

Caroline Rhea was a contestant on Celebrity Blackjack and was on World Series of Blackjack for Season 4 in 2007.

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