NEW YORK, January 18, 2007 — Season one of Ultimate Blackjack Tour (UBT), TV’s hottest new card craze, announces it has found a second home on Superstation WGN. The inaugural season’s first ten episodes of high adrenaline Elimination Blackjack™ action will air nationwide Sundays on Superstation WGN starting January 21st at 9:00 p.m. EST/6:00 p.m. PST and 1:00 a.m. EST/10:00 p.m. PST.
“UBT secured some of the highest ratings ever for a TV card game since launching on network TV last September,” said Larry Kopald, GM and Chief Marketing Officer for UBT. “With Superstation WGN’s tremendous success at building franchise shows on their network, we are very excited about this relationship as we expect a whole new audience of loyal viewers to tune in.”
“Superstation WGN’s weekend programming has been very popular with our audience, and the addition of the exciting Ultimate Blackjack Tour, with interesting twists to the format of blackjack tournaments, will continue to attract young viewers,” said Bill Shaw, General Manager of Superstation WGN.
The ten-episode first season of Ultimate Blackjack Tour features the world’s best professional card players in edge of your seat action against the dealer, and one another. Full of forced eliminations, secret bets and smash mouth trash talking, the season includes two special episodes: The Ladies of Blackjack, which showcases top female gamblers the likes of Annie Duke, Jennifer Tilly, Monica Reeves and Erica Schoenburg, and The Legends of Blackjack, which puts blackjack whizzes Kenny Einiger, “Hollywood” Dave Stann, Anthony Curtis and others in exciting, head-to-head competition. This intersection between blackjack and poker also showcases pro card greats Freddy Deeb, Antonio Esfandiari, David “Devilfish” Ulliott, Stanford Wong and many others trying to out-wit each other, survive the elimination rounds, and take home hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Additionally, through its web site, PlayUBT.com, Ultimate Blackjack Tour is currently holding free online tournaments where winners earn seats to the UBT final tables to be televised at a later date. The site also provides Elimination Blackjack™ playing tips, tour information, and in-depth analysis of the televised events.
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