Jason Alexander, Kelli Williams, Lance Bass and Jeff Probst Make It to the Final Table on 'CELEBRITY BLACKJACK,' Tuesday, January 11 at 10 p.m.
Celebrities Go Head to Head to Earn $250,000 for Their Favorite Charity and
Bragging Rights of the Championship Title
SANTA MONICA, Calif., Dec. 27 -- GSN's CELEBRITY BLACKJACK
series began with 40 stars battling it out for blackjack supremacy and the
biggest chip stacks. All but four have since "busted" out of the tournament
with only Jason Alexander ("Listen Up"), Kelli Williams ("Medical
Investigation"), Lance Bass (*NSync) and Jeff Probst ("Survivor") remaining to
take on each other in the championship episode airing Tuesday, January 11 at
10 p.m. ET/PT.
This final episode features both intense and hysterical moments as each of
the four winners hope to ride their good fortune and blackjack skills to a
$250,000 win for their favorite charity and own the bragging rights to the
CELEBRITY BLACKJACK championship title. Viewers will enjoy the hilarious
banter between players as they try to distract one another from what's going
on in the game.
The road to the final table was unique to every finalist. Jason Alexander
beat out his first round competition with a lucky win when the last card fell
his way; Lance Bass nailed four blackjacks in his opening round match up;
Kelli Williams turned over the table with a final winning hand that advanced
her into the semi-finals and Jeff Probst got a second chance when first round
winner Shannon Elizabeth had a scheduling conflict and was not able to play in
her semi-final match.
The hot streak of Williams and Probst in the first semi finals match
vaulted them into the finals, while Alexander and Bass deflected dealer
"Hollywood Dave" Stann's seven "21's" with timely wins and small bets in the
second semi-final match up.
The 13-episode series hosted by Matt Vasgersian (WORLD SERIES OF
BLACKJACK, San Diego Padres play-by-play announcer) featured 10 tournaments.
Each player received $10,000 for their charity with the winner of each game
receiving $25,000 and a place in the semi-finals. The first place winners
received another $75,000; the second place winners $25,000 -- both won a seat
in the final game where the four qualifiers will now compete for a first place
prize of $200,000 and a second place prize of $50,000. The first place winner
of the series earns a total of $300,000 for their charity.
In tournament-style blackjack, the player with the most money at the end
of a set number of hands (in this case, 21) is deemed the winner. Each player
starts with $100,000. The minimum bet is $1,000 and the maximum is $25,000
for the first 10 hands. After that the minimum increases to $5,000 with no
maximum. In the final hand of CELEBRITY BLACKJACK, the players' bets are kept
Additionally, as an added twist, six jokers are in the six-deck shoe and
any player dealt a joker may steal a card from any of the other hands still in
play. There is also the "5-card Charlie" rule where if a player gets five
cards without busting, then it is an automatic win.
Below is a list of the tournament players; winners are in bold: Jason
Alexander, Billy Baldwin, Daniel Baldwin, Stephen Baldwin, Lance Bass, Adam
Carolla, Coolio, Dayna Devon, Jamie Lynn DiScala, Shannon Elizabeth, Carrie
Fisher, Warren G, Giuliana, Steve Harris, Chris Harrison, Kevin Hart, John
Henson, David Higgins, Cheryl Hines, Steve Howey, Ricki Lake, Meat Loaf,
Camryn Manheim, Ralphie May, John Melendez, Dave Navarro, Kathy Najimy, Chynna
Phillips, Jeff Probst, Gabrielle Reese, Caroline Rhea, Tori Spelling, Eric
Roberts, Dennis Rodman, Sara Rue, Mathew St. Patrick, Gary Valentine, Kelli
Williams, Carnie Wilson, Marissa Jaret Winokur.
CELEBRITY BLACKJACK is produced by Pariah. Executive producer Gavin
Polone's credits include "Panic Room," "Secret Window," "Curb Your Enthusiasm"
and "Gilmore Girls." Executive producer Andrew Golder's credits include "Star
Search" and "Win Ben Stein's Money."
GSN, the Network for Games, is the only U.S. television network dedicated
to game-related programming and interactive game playing. The network
features game shows, reality series, documentaries, light sports competitions
and casino type games. GSN is the industry leader in interactivity and as
such allows viewers a chance to win prizes by playing along with GSN's
televised games via GSN.com. Reaching 56 million Nielsen homes, GSN is
distributed in the U.S. through all major cable systems and satellite
providers. The network is jointly owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment and
Liberty Media Corporation. For further media information, visit GSN's press
website at corp.gsn.com.
Web Site: http://GSN.com