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.[1]

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.

Season 1[edit]

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 results[edit]

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
  • Darrell Arnold
  • "Hollywood" Dave Stann
  • Ken Smith
  • Tyrone Jackson
  • Monica Reeves
"UBT Legends Tournament" Ken Einiger Anthony Curtis

1 Not a qualifier tournament for the Season 1 Championship table

Season 2[edit]

Tournament results[edit]

Tournament Winner Runner-Up Other Players in Finish Order
Tournament 1 Cosimo Tripodl James Nguyen
  • Gleb Bourianoff
  • "Miami" John Cernuto
  • Marie Hua
  • Gary Biedrzyck
  • Huan Quan Mai
Tournament 2 Erlinda Sotto Brian Soper
  • "Hollywood" Dave Stann
  • John Smith
  • Ahmet Akdeniz
  • Matti Shuale
  • Michael Toomey
Tournament 3 Blair Rodman Anthony Curtis
Tournament 4 "Hollywood" Dave Stann Annie Duke
  • Johnny Chan
  • Jennifer Tilly
  • Joe Pane
  • Anthony Curtis
  • Fred David
Tournament 5 Adriana Jade Ken Eineger
  • Freddie Deeb
  • Martin Pollak
  • Phil Hellmuth
  • Barry Shulman
  • David Matthews
Tournament 6 James Grosjean Robert Williamson III
  • Monica Reeves
  • Blair Rodman
  • "Miami" John Cernuto
  • Antonio Esfandiari, Ken Smith (tie)
"All-Stars Tournament" Phil Hellmuth René Angélil
  • Freddie Deeb
  • Annie Duke
  • "Hollywood" Dave Stann
  • Robert Williamson III
  • Ken Einiger

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