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CBS Bets On Blackjack Series

CBS is hoping that the popularity of poker will be the same with blackjack. The CBS network will run the series "The Ultimate Blackjack Tournament" for 10-weeks on air starting September 16, 2006. The show will air Saturdays before college football.

Other television networks have attempted to introduce blackjack to the television screed, but so far no one has found the popularity and success that poker currently has.

Brett Granstaff, a blackjack expert said, "They haven't figured out how to do it on TV yet. They're going to have to figure out a way to make it more exciting (for TV). Poker has that dramatic irony, where we know what both players have, and we want to see if that person's going to be an idiot or not."

Unlike Poker, blackjack tournaments were never shown on television, but poker tournaments have already been aired a few times on ESPN with the World Series of Poker and the World Poker Tour on The Travel Channel.

For Granstaff, blackjack never really lost its touch and remains one of the most played casino game of all time - even by the world's best poker gamers.

"You'd see at the World Series of Poker, people would bust out (of the tournament) and the first thing they do is go to a blackjack table," Granstaff said.

Granstaff concluded, "There's nothing like taking the house's money, because the house always wins. There's nothing better than that."


Tuesday, August 29 , 2006
Emma Green