On the line? A huge purse for the charity of their choice.
Hosted by Matt Vasgersian (World Series of Blackjack), this show has aired for two seasons on the Game Show Network, and a third season is expected.
Below are summaries for all televised episodes so far:
Through most of the game, it's a hard-fought duel between Alexander and Elizabeth, with Snoop and Manheim providing the comic relief and losing large sums of money. It comes down to the secret final bets in the 21st hand, and the cards go Shannon's way. She finishes with $191,000. Snoop Dog is second with $60,000. Jason Alexander ends with $50,500. Camryn ends with only $500, and Nealon busts out completely.
Winner: Shannon Elizabeth
The betting is out of control on this episode, with almost everyone playing fast and loose. Chynna Phillips, who seems as though she's never even played blackjack, has a run of luck and finds herself in the final hand against Winokur after several others bust out. And, to everyone's surprise, Chynna's luck holds out and she wins the game.
Winner: Chynna Phillips
This match featured a lot of laughs with the likes of Jamie Kennedy and Eddie Griffin, as well as a number of fast-paced lead changes. Eddie Griffin starts out hot, but falters after losing some high bets. Dean Cain begins slow but builds momentum as the game progresses. Ultimately, he has such a commanding lead that all he has to do is bet the minimum amount to assure himself a tie for first. But he does one better and wins the whole thing outright.
Winner: Dean Cain
Hughley starts strong but falls behind and then busts out. Rhea has a horrible beginning, losing at every hand. But she hangs in there and gets on a hot streak, dramatically increasing her winnings with several large bets. It all comes down to Rhea against Garson, with Caroline only wagering $5000 for her secret bet and walking away the winner.
Winner: Caroline Rhea
These celebrities are far more conservative when it comes to betting, and we see several lead changes over the course of a very tight game. Most of the time, only a few thousand dollars separate the players, and Ben Stein seems determined to bet the minimum bet first on most rounds. The game concludes with a series of blackjacks by the players and the dealer, with Ben Stein eventually betting $100,000 on his secret final bet and walking away with $25,000 for his favorite charity.
Winner: Ben Stein
The championship game features high stakes and high tensions as the remaining celebrities face-off for charity. Ben Stein continues to play conservative and has a strong showing throughout, while Caroline Rhea makes large bets and sees huge dividends. In the end, Dean Cain is just out of the lead, while Shannon Elizabeth is all but out. Caroline Rhea stands unexpectedly on the final hand and the dealer busts, giving Rhea the win with a total of $348,500. She takes home $100,000 for her two charities, and we wrap up an exciting first season of Celebrity Blackjack.
Tournament Winner: Caroline Rhea
The first episode of season 2 is marked by wild hands and even wilder wagers. In the end, it comes down to Howey, Probst, and Alexander, with Ricki Lake busting out on a maximum bet. In the end, Jason Alexander wins a close game.
Winner: Jason Alexander
Big bets and big losses mark this game, as each celebrity seems to have a clear strategy. Navarro and Reece are eliminated on the 17th hand, and on the final hand it all comes down to two players, with Jamie-Lynn DiScala getting the narrow victory.
Winner: Jamie-Lynn DiScala
Bass and Harrison lead throughout most of the game, but everyone has a shot by the final hand. NSYNC jokes run wild, and watch for some interesting antagonism between the players and the dealer.
Winner: Lance Bass
This game features strong play throughout by all players involved, and it's really anybody's game by the final hand. Coolie shows his staying power and picks up the win.
This game is out of control, as some celebrities kiss, others get drunk, and everyone generally bets like they're out of their minds. And it only gets worse and they approach the final hand! Shannon Elizabeth becomes the first celebrity to win in both seasons.
Winner: Shannon Elizabeth
Dennis Rodman's strategy proves less than sound, while the bets continue to run high (even going up to $100,000 for one hand). Carolla was busted out by the final hand, and it all came down to Marissa and Giuliana, with Giuliana getting the win.
Winner: Giuliana DePandi
This one came down to Henson, Higgins, and Harris. Steve Harris busted, and Higgins needed a 7 or 8 on a double down to win. He doesn't get either, and John Henson wins after bringing up the rear for most of the night.
Winner: John Henson
The Baldwin brothers (minus Alec) take on the reigning Celebrity Blackjack champion is this special episode. The combined Baldwin might is not enough, as the defending champion once again walks away the winner.
Winner: Caroline Rhea
The celebrities get off to a slow start in this one, but things get more intense as the game goes on. There's lots of cursing and drunken behavior, and two players are essentially out by the final hand. It comes down to Warren G. and Sara Rue, with Warren G. getting the win.
Winner: Warren G.
Odd behavior and odd betting patterns seem to be the theme of this episode. A close match, with the winner not being decided until the final card. Chynna Phillips had no chance to win, but the others were all in contention. Finally, Kelli Williams pulled out the win after standing on 17.
Winner: Kelli Williams
With the reigning champion and a celebrity who wasn't scheduled to appear, you know that anything could happen during this semi-final match. It starts conservative, but trash-talk soon ensues, as well as mind games. By the final hand, everyone is still in the game, and the dealer gets a blackjack to send Jeff Probst and Kelli Williams to the championship game.
Winners: Jeff Probst and Kelli Williams
The second semi-final match features big betting and the kind of unusual celebrity that we've come to expect in Season 2. By the time the final hand arrives, only Bass and Alexander have a realistic shot, and they both end up advancing to the finals.
Winners: Lance Bass and Jason Alexander
This is it. The final game of Season 2.
A tight game, with strategies ranging from reckless to conservative. Bass busts out after hand 15, and one celebrity insults another's charity. But in the end, it all comes down to the cards, and Jason Alexander proves to have the hot hand, as he picks up the win and $250,000 for his favorite charity.
Tournament Winner: Jason Alexander
Be sure to also visit our recaps from the World Series of Blackjack:
|World Series of Blackjack Episode Recaps, by Season|
|WSOB Season 1 Recaps|
|WSOB Season 2 Recaps|
|WSOB Season 3 Recaps|
|WSOB Season 3 Recaps Part 2|
|WSOB Season 4 Recaps|
|WSOB Season 4 Recaps Part 2 and 3|
And our recaps from the Ultimate Blackjack Tour:
|Index of Ultimate Blackjack Tour Episode Recaps|
|Ultimate Blackjack Tour Episode 1 - September 16, 2006|
|Ultimate Blackjack Tour Episode 2 - September 23, 2006|
|Ultimate Blackjack Tour Episode 3 - September 30, 2006|
|Ultimate Blackjack Tour Episode 4 - October 14, 2006|
|Ultimate Blackjack Tour Episode 5 - November 4, 2006|
|Ultimate Blackjack Tour Episode 6 - November 18, 2006|