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By Norm Sheridan

Norm Sheridan has been an avid tournament blackjack player for many years. He has had a great deal of tournament success and attributes his good fortune to experience, hard work, determination and luck. This article summarizes Normís experience playing in the Wild Card Round of the televised World Series of Blackjack (W.S.O.B.).

There were many highlights from the second Wild Card Round (Episode #10) in the recently televised "World Series of Blackjack" episode that were extremely interesting. If you read the August issue of BJI, you may recall that the filming of this Wild Card Round began only minutes after my first round was over (in which I secured the second place finish). While I was being rushed to wardrobe for a quick change of clothes, I was thinking about the last round and this affected my play in the upcoming Wild Count Round. After a horrible string of bad hands in the previous round #1, I thought that my fortune might be ready to change. Since there would be only one winner in the Wild Card Round, I decided to be more aggressive right from the start.

The Wild Card Round consisted of three other first round, second place finishers. They included Phil Dunaway, a tournament regular and fearless competitor that I had no recollection of encountering on previous occasions, but I believe he remembered an earlier match-up of ours; Marlin Horseman, another tournament veteran, who I had played on many occasions, and who had been kind enough to eliminate me from the televised Las Vegas Hilton Million Dollar 2 semi-final, where he went on to compete in the finals; Rick Jensen, another frequent competitor who has had no little success, was a finalist in the World Series of Blackjack, Season 2, and has organized many of his own tournaments in which the rest of us could compete, (thank you, Rick); plus one wild card draw, Christiane Hogenbirk, who won her first tournament to qualify for this World Series of Blackjack.

From Seat #1, Christiane began the betting with...

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