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Blackjack Series Back for Second Season

3 January 2005

SANTA MONICA, California – (PRESS RELEASE) -- Premiering on January 21 at 10 PM ET/PT, GSN's WORLD SERIES OF BLACKJACK is back for a second exciting season with 40 of the world's top blackjack players all vying for over $500,000 in cash prizes and the title of the world's top blackjack player. The series premiere's on Friday, January 21 at 10 PM ET/PT. Shot at the legendary Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino Las Vegas, the invitation only tournament will have viewers on the edge of their seats until the final card is drawn. Returning players from season one back for a second chance are:

* Stanford Wong, the Godfather of Blackjack, has authored several books on Blackjack, including "Basic Blackjack," and "Casino Tournament Strategy." A professional gambler for over 40 years, Wong is also an inductee into the Blackjack and Video Poker Halls of Fame and resides in Southern California.

* Micky Rosa, who is credited with authoring the M.I.T. thesis on blackjack, is featured in the NY Times best-selling book, "Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six MIT Students Who Took Vegas For Millions." He now resides in Australia and works in investments.

* M.I.T. Mike, Last years champion, balances his blackjack play with work in the non-profit sector in Washington, D.C., nurturing and mentoring high school students. He also is featured in the NY Times best-selling book, "Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six MIT Students Who Took Vegas For Millions."

* Anthony Curtis, one of the world's most recognized gambling authorities and Las Vegas resident, is the author of "Bargain City-Booking, Betting, and Beating the New Las Vegas," and "The Art of Gambling Through The Ages," as well as the publisher of the Las Vegas Advisor.

* Regina Guzior, legally blind, is credited as one of the best female blackjack players in the country -- she hails from Michigan.

* Michael Konik, a true Renaissance man, expert blackjack player, and successful author of gaming books, "Telling Lies and Getting Paid" and "The Man with $100,000 Breasts: And Other Gambling Stories." He also is a jazz musician and a golf columnist for Delta Airline's in-flight magazine.

* Ken Einiger, an aggressive blackjack player and former champion of the Mandalay Bay Blackjack Tournament, recently placed third in the Hilton Million Dollar Blackjack Tournament. Originally from New York, he also lived in Fort Lauderdale before moving to Las Vegas.

* "Hollywood" Dave Stann, the undisputed Bad Boy of Blackjack, also an actor, uses psychology to gain the advantage over other players. He is a resident of Southern California and is the dealer on GSN's

CELEBRITY BLACKJACK.

* Jimmy Pine, a lifelong gambler known for his winning expression "pay the little man," is also a professional singer who resides in Rhode Island.

* Ken Smith, a software and website developer has won over 30 blackjack tournaments to date and founded a popular blackjack tournament website -- http://www.blackjackinfo.com. He resides in Mississippi.

Rounding out the remaining competitors are the following tournament players:

* Rene Angelil -- Born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, noted fan of blackjack, Rene Angelil is most known as Grammy Award winning Celine Dion's husband. Since 1985, Angelil has won many tournaments.

* Joe Maloof -- President of Maloof Companies, Maloof's favorite casino game is blackjack. Maloof has been playing the game since the age of 16, and has won one million dollars in the highest stakes blackjack tournament ever.

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