WORLD SERIES OF BLACKJACK to Be Taped on Location at Mohegan
Calif. -- GSN, the Network for Games, has selected Mohegan
Sun, one of the largest entertainment, gaming and sports
destinations in the United States, as the host site for GSN's
WORLD SERIES OF BLACKJACK. Situated on 240 acres along the Thames
River in southeastern Connecticut, Mohegan
Sun is a full-service casino and spa sporting over 6,400
slot machines, nearly 300 table games and a state-of-the-art
race book facility, among other luxurious offerings. Matt Vasgersian,
San Diego Padres lead television broadcaster and former host
of "Sports Geniuses" will serve as the host; Melana
Scantlin from "Average Joe" will be the show's co-hostess
and Max Rubin, casino veteran, gambling consultant and professional
blackjack player, will be the expert commentator for the series
produced by R.C. Entertainment, Inc.
the announcement today at the annual Winter Television Critics
Association presentation, GSN President and CEO Rich Cronin
said: "We are thrilled to present the World Series of the
most popular casino card game, Blackjack, with the best gaming
establishment on the East Coast, Mohegan Sun. We look forward
to exciting competition between the best Blackjack players in
the world, and to naming a champion."
excited that GSN chose Mohegan
Sun to host this unique, made-for-television event,"
said Paul Munick, Vice President of Sports and Entertainment,
Mohegan Sun. "We continue to pursue opportunities that
broaden our product offering while affording us national exposure."
OF BLACKJACK will feature the world's top Blackjack players
and tournament competitors and will award $250,000 in total
prizes. The players will compete for the grand prize purse of
$100,000 and the bragging rights to the title of the World Blackjack
Champion. The series will air on Monday nights at 10 PM ET/PT
beginning Monday, March 15. The show will tape January 24 and
25 in Mohegan Sun's
hosts 'Survivor' casting call
reported by The NWI Times
of Chicago area residents are expected to participate
in the open casting call to be held at Harrah's
Casino on Tuesday for the "Survivor" television
think this will be very exciting," said Angela Wise,
advertising and public relations manager. "'Survivor'
is the No. 1-rated reality show and everyone is interested
in winning a million dollars and their shot at celebrityhood."
said that she submitted Harrah's
for consideration to CBS after learning "Survivor"
was looking for a casting call location.
have meeting rooms and ballroom space, so I thought Harrah's
would be perfect," she said. "CBS only expects
a couple of hundred people, but I expect a couple thousand
based on previous promotions we've had here and the number
of phone calls we've received so far."
contestants should bring the show's application, which
is available on the CBS Web site. Questions on the application
range from the three items a contestant would bring to
a remote location, to the craziest thing a contestant
would do for $1 million. Contestants will then be videotaped
for up to two minutes each to demonstrate why they would
make the ultimate survivor. Taping will take place from
who apply should, if selected as a semi-finalist, be available
to stay in Los Angeles for up to two weeks, and travel
to a yet unnamed remote location for seven weeks.
first hit the airwaves in May 2000. In the show, 16 average
Americans are abandoned in a remote location. There, they
are divided into teams. Every three days, the teams must
gather to vote someone out of their tribe. The last person
left wins $1 million.