WSOB IV: Episode 7

Discussion in 'World Series of Blackjack' started by KenSmith, Jul 11, 2007.

  1. KenSmith

    KenSmith Administrator Staff Member

    Yes, I'm a little early in posting this week's episode, which airs Monday July 16th at 11 PM Eastern on GSN.

    This show's players:
    Ken Einiger, Joe Reitman, Rick Fortin, Don Rebentisch, Kristine Johnson

    The early post here gives me a spot to post this link to a nice story about Rick Fortin participating.
  2. Barney Stone

    Barney Stone New Member

    Im for Rick

    I had the pleasure of getting to know Rick and his wife at the recent Pioneer tourney. As most people I have met from the South they were as nice as can be and I look forward to talking with them in the future. During the TBJPA event at River Palms last May I didnt get to know them but I remembered Rick because he was a clean cut looking guy that always had an American Flag pin on his collar. This always wins big points with me event without a word spoken, the Flag thing not how he was dressed:) . Hands down I will be rooting for you Rick!
  3. Barney Stone

    Barney Stone New Member

    Tonight's game was well played all around. Congrats to Kristine for the big win and my man Rick for hanging in there great use of your Burger Chip.
  4. toolman1

    toolman1 Active Member

    I found this episode a bit on the boring side. No "world class" strategic plays of interest were made because there was no need for them. It was like watching most any live table game with decent players. What it boiled down to was who got the luckiest, as opposed to who made the best strategic plays, and that was Kristine. Congrats to Kristine!

    Last year there were wild cards drawn for the players that did not make at least 2nd place in the first round. Will this be done again for WSOB IV?
  5. Bi-Kemba

    Bi-Kemba Member

    Disagree A Bit

    Toolman1, I disagree with one thing you mentioned above. You stated it was a boring episode. I felt it was really good. I predicted from the start in the first few rounds that Kristine would win this thing. It was just a matter of time. As soon as she started to acquire multiple blackjacks I said to myself, "It's all over honey. Kristine is on a roll." I stated to my wife. She enjoys the show as well. The use of the Burger King Power Chip had no ill-effect on any of the play, in my opinion. Kristine even hit a blackjack or two in the later rounds or you could say second half of the show. I bet a bit just like her. For example, if I'm in the lead on, and say I have $120,000. I will bet $20,000 to not go under $100,000. She was perfect, calm, cool, and collected. You didn't get one word out of her. That was awesome. That's what I do sometime. I just let people talk away and feed off of them. She was in third base as well. That, to me, is a great advantage. I love to see my opponents if I'm in third base duke it out with each other, while I sit back on and rack up money. As simple as pie. Some people may think it's boring, however, I don't. Everyone is entitled to their opinions on this earth. God bless you all.
  6. Barney Stone

    Barney Stone New Member

    I think

    there was strategy displayed in this game, not getting buried by a cold dealer. The players did a good job correlating and on average displayed the best average play of about any game, maybe because there were no high roller or celeb invites(i dont think anyway)!:laugh: . No Plops! Maybe it was because I was really rooting for Rick Fortin, but I had a great time talking to the cards last night:D Sure there wasnt any surrender traps or precise chip betting, but this game can be about surviving against chip builds too......
  7. Bi-Kemba

    Bi-Kemba Member

    Great Comment

    Hey Barney. I have to agree with chip progression and chip management. I tell people that go for the gold on that you have seven hands before you get to the eigth, sixteenth, and 23rd hands. It's about chip management and feeding sometimes off of your opponents. Stop trying to go for the gold on the first hand. That is murder and a cause for elimination really early. I knew Ken was going to hit a bad streak. The dealer gets to you some time or another. Don't get me wrong, I love him and his radio broadcast weekly. However, I just could predict the hands before the dealers cards were turned over. Boy, I need to be in these tournaments. There are so many wise tournament players that exist on this earth. They just can't afford the time away from family, their jobs(as I am in this category), and other obligations.

    Back to the show. What I did enjoy about last nights show is that another female is in the semifinals. Great. The other observation I noticed is that they announced that Kristine is 27 years of age and she qualified in Washington. Washington had one of the highest concentrations of Casinos in any other state other than Las Vegas and California. It's pleases my heart because she is young. Don't get me wrong, I love the likes Ken, Rick, and other veteran players. However, I think it's time to see that transition to the youthful side. I'm 34 years of age and would love to go up against some of these upcoming semifinalists. I can share some experiences that some 50+ people can't relate to today. Hell, I don't really like Hollywood Dave's antics and heroics. Yet, I love the fact that he is young and can lead a new generation of players that don't get that chance to showcase their skills. God speed people and keep up the wonderful dialogue.
  8. marichal

    marichal Member

    played against kristine in washington in an opening round where she qualifed. she was wild carded to the tourney, itself, for never advancing to a final table. then, wild carded to the final table. kind of cool to see her reaction, for she really did not want to go to wsob. thought she would not do well in the tourney. nice payday for her.


    believe, wa. has 108 casinos for ones' gaming pleasure.
    Last edited: Jul 18, 2007
  9. BlueLight

    BlueLight Active Member

    Knew Ken was going to hit a bad streak?

    Wish I knew when I was going to hit a bad streak. I would be able to win 80% of my tournaments. The announcer stated that Kristine has played in 10 tournaments and won 5! Sometimes think some people have this special clairvoyance when I have seen them win way more than their fair share of tournaments and these are very average players at best.

    This was the first episode (at least that I have seen) where the power chip was used to unbust a hand and try for another hit.

  10. norm21

    norm21 New Member

    Wild Cards!

    Yes, Toolman; there will be wild cards drawn! If my memory is correct, there will be one wild card to each of the two wild card tables that compete after the 40 players have finished there first round. Personally, I hate wild cards in Blackjack tournaments. It is only one man's opinion, but I believe they tend to turn a great game of strategy and skill into a lottery.

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