The much-awaited "Ultimate Blackjack Tournament" is scheduled for its airing debut this September 16 on CBS-TV. The 10-episode initial run gas already been filmed last November, which was shot at the CBS Television city.
Divided between seven Tournament games and three specials, that includes "Ladies of Blackjack," the season will feature heavy hitters like Oscar-nominated actress Jennifer Tilly and professional players like Annie Duke and Monice Reeves, as the $1.2 million prize pool, including a $300,000 grand prize, is drawn entirely from buy-ins of $2,500 to $12,500 apiece, the "cast" are essentially playing for and with each other's money. Also, "Team UBT" includes blackjack pros like Kenny Einiger, but is mainly drawn from Poker world.
The show might have a broader female audience than expected, according to a UBT consultant, because UBT features talented, aggressive female players and also because of the fact that blackjack itself is easier to learn than poker. The UBT executives target an audience bracket of males between 18 t0 35 of age.
Handles who were set to play rivals in these tournaments includes "Devilfish," the "Unabomber," "The Magician" and "Hollywood Dave". CBS has given a two-season order for the UBT.
The first season UBT events are played out in a futuristic arena before a live audience. The UBT will be aired every Saturday before the Southeastern conference college football games. There will be 30 hands to be played in every hour-long episode of UBT and there will be "forced eliminations" in each episode.
Friday, August 25 , 2006