The 2006 World Series of Blackjack is currently holding qualifying events at casinos around the country in anticipation of the finals to be held at the Las Vegas Hilton next month.
The finals will feature 40 players in the nationally televised tournament by the Game Show Network (GSN).
"We are excited to be the home of blackjack on television, and this new tournament structure will bring together top players from across the country," said Rich Cronin president and CEO of GSN. "The World Series of Blackjack will feature the best players from qualification tournaments held at casinos nationwide."
The new qualification structure introduced this year opened the doors on this elite tournament, creating a new promotional opportunity for participating casinos.
Several major casinos in the U.S. are sending their top players to Las Vegas in February including Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut, Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel in New York, Ute Mountain Casino in Colorado, Mystic Lake Casino Hotel in Minnesota and Lucky Eagle Casino in Washington. Others are Casino Del Sol in Arizona, Cherokee Casino Resort in Oklahoma, Thunder Valley Casino in California, Pearl River Resort in Mississippi, Barona Valley Ranch Resort & Casino in California and host casino Las Vegas Hilton in Nevada. Additional participating casinos will be announced prior to the finals.
Seats in the first two seasons of the event were by invitation only and featured some of the industry’s top expert professionals. This season’s tournament is the first to be opened to the casino public.
The series will include eight one-hour preliminary rounds leading to two semi-finals and two wild card shows concluding with the final. The 40-person player roster will compete for a share of the $1 million prize money.
The Las Vegas Hilton is the new home of the World Series of Blackjack which is being taped in February for a June premiere. Famous for its high-end play and championship tournaments, the Hilton is home to superstar Barry Manilow and recently signed Reba McEntire for her exclusive Las Vegas engagements in 2006.
The Hilton recently completed a multi-million dollar construction and renovation enhancement project that includes a stunning new lobby and casino. As the home of the competition the Las Vegas Hilton will also send their top players to compete in the tournament.
compete in the tournament.