2015 BLACKJACK BALL- Part 2
By Henry Tamburin
Henry Tamburin is the author of the "Ultimate Guide to Blackjack," editor of the Blackjack Insider Newsletter, and host ofwww.smartgaming.com.
Note: This is the second part of a two-part article on 2016 Blackjack Ball. Part 1 appeared in March issue of BJI.
Picking up where I left off last month, as promised, you will find below the questions and the answers to the challenging 21-question test given to the attendees at the Blackjack Ball. Give yourself one point for each correct answer. (If you got 11 or more correct, you did better than all the blackjack pros that took the test.)
Out of a possible 21 correct answers, two players had 10 correct answers (they were Blackjack Hall of Famers John Chang and Tommy Hyland). Ten players tied with nine correct answers; therefore, Max held a playoff to determine which four would advance. The ten players lined up and in sequence had to name a casino in the south. All ten made it through the first round, three were eliminated the second time through, and finally blackjack legend and Hall of Fame nominee Don Johnson was the last person eliminated when he repeated the name of a casino that already been named. The final six contestants, who advanced to the skills part of the competition, were Lee Jensen, John Chang, Tommy Hyland, J, WRX, and David. (Full names are excluded to protect the anonymity of the contestants.)
Here are several examples of what the skills part of the competition entailed. (This competition was conducted on a blackjack table with Max being the "dealer.") In one contest, Max placed a shuffled deck of cards in front of each contestant and randomly removed one card from each deck. Each contestant had to state what counting system he was going to use to count down his deck of 51 cards. When Max gave the signal to start counting, the players rapidly started their count down and when they were done, they slammed their deck on the table. The player who was the slowest at counting down his deck had to state what the lone card was that Max removed from his deck (since they all used Hi-Lo, they had to state if the card was 2-6 or 7,8,9 or 10, J, Q, K, A). First player who incorrectly stated his card was eliminated.
In another contest (involving card memorization), Max spread a shuffled deck of cards face up on the layout, gave the contestants about 30 seconds to memorize the order of the cards, then stacked the deck face down, and each contestant in turn had to say what the rank of each card was in the stack in order. First person that got it wrong was eliminated.
In yet another contest, Max placed a deck of cards in the discard tray and each player in turn had to use a cut card and had 15 seconds to try to cut exactly 15 cards from the bottom.
One by one the contestants were eliminated until there were only two left: John Chang and Lee Jensen. The last contest was similar to the single-deck count down except each player had two-decks to count down and then tell Max what the card was that he removed. Lee Jensen beat out John Chang, and Lee Jensen was this year's winner of the Grosjean Cup.
Blackjack Ball 2016
Round One Questions
As always, to prevent advantage play, as you fill out your game card, you must mark every true or false question or multiple choice question and fill in the blank before we move on to the next question and they must be marked with Black Ink. You cannot change your answer once you have marked your card. If there are any blanks or changed answers on your card then when it is graded or handed in, you will be disqualified. It's happened before and it wasn't pretty, was it Dave?
Please write your name on your card now to make sure that your pens are working. If they aren't, hold up your hand and we'll bring you another one.
Also, anyone who looks at their cell phones for any reason, other than to take an emergency call, in which case we will all wait until that emergency has been dealt with, will also be disqualified from play. You are allowed to use the back of your playing card to calculate your answers.
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