Ultimate Blackjack Tour
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The Ultimate Blackjack Tour was a televised series of Elimination Blackjack tournaments that aired in syndication. It debuted on September 16, 2006. The show consists of a series of televised Elimination Blackjack tournaments. The winner of each weekly tournament returns for the final Tournament of Champions.
Along with professional blackjack players and Internet qualifiers, the producers included a number of professional poker players not normally known for playing blackjack to draw attention to the poker elements inherent in the unique format of Elimination Blackjack tournaments.
The show was hosted by Max Rubin and Mati Moralejo, with Nikki Ziering and Shandi Finnessey serving as sideline reporters. Nikki Ziering did not return for the second season. Anthony Curtis conducted the analysis of all hands shown and wrote the commentary.
Featured players of the Ultimate Blackjack Tour are members of Team UBT, which is made up of poker stars like Johnny Chan, Robert Williamson III, and Phil Laak and professional blackjack players like world champions Ken Einiger and Anthony Curtis, Mike Aponte, James Grosjean, "Hollywood" Dave Stann and Monica Reeves.
The first season consisted of ten televised tournaments. The winner of each of seven preliminary tournaments returned for the final Tournament of Champions. Players competed for a share of over $1 million. Two of the episodes, "Ladies' Night" and the "UBT Legends Tournament," were not qualifiers for the Tournament of Champions.
|Tournament||Winner Andrew Debernardi||Runner-Up||Other Players in Finish Order|
|Tournament 1||Ken Smith||"Hollywood" Dave Stann|
|Tournament 2||David Matthews||Joanna "Queen of Spades" W.|
|Tournament 3||Lupe Sherman||Tyrone Jackson|
|Tournament 4||Monica Reeves||Chuck Gorson|
|Tournament 5||Adriana Jade||Blair Rodman|
|"Ladies' Night"1||Angie "Moneytaker" Hardy||Monica Reeves|
|Tournament 6||"Rock & Roll" Darrell Arnold||Gary "Debo" DeBernardi|
|Tournament 7||"Hollywood" Dave Stann||Erica Schoenberg|
|Season 1 Championship||David Matthews||Adrianna Jade||
|"UBT Legends Tournament"||Ken Einiger||Anthony Curtis|
1 Not a qualifier tournament for the Season 1 Championship table
|Tournament||Winner||Runner-Up||Other Players in Finish Order|
|Tournament 1||Cosimo Tripodl||James Nguyen||
|Tournament 2||Erlinda Sotto||Brian Soper||
|Tournament 3||Blair Rodman||Anthony Curtis||
|Tournament 4||"Hollywood" Dave Stann||Annie Duke||
|Tournament 5||Adriana Jade||Ken Eineger||
|Tournament 6||James Grosjean||Robert Williamson III||
|"All-Stars Tournament"||Phil Hellmuth||René Angélil||
- "ThePOGG Interviews - Anthony Curtis - Owner of the Las Vegas Advisor". Retrieved 5 April 2014.