Taking the final seat in the championship game via the blind draw is....
....T.J. Boros! He's facing Alice Walker, Marlin Horseman, Rick Fortin and Kristine Johnson.
On an early hand, Johnson blew the early lead when she doubled down on a base hand of 10, and the dealer had a face card. The dealer wound up making 21, and the player only had 12.
Incidentally, I believe I might not have told this to you all when recapping this year's tourney- Alice Walker's signature bet is $8,000. Don't ask me why. She took over the lead a few hands later, but Horseman's successful Double Down bet for $48,000 propelled him into the lead with $132,000 to Walker's $116,000. At the first KO Hand, here are the scores, after Boros blew it big time on a Double Down bet for $40,000:
T.J.: ALL IN
Rick and Kristine: $7,000 each
Dealer's opening card....7 of Diamonds. Everyone stands immediately except for Boros, who uses his Power Chip to replace that 3...but he gets an even worse card, a Deuce of Clubs. He hits and gets a 4 of Spades to go to 16, and one hit later....he gets a Queen of Hearts and is done for good. The dealer busted as well.
After that, Horseman still leads with $138,000. Walker has $112,000, Fortin has $105,000 and Johnson has $93,000. By the 12th hand, Horseman starts to pull away. A few hands later, after nearly falling to last place, Johnson moved to second place with a $19,000 bet on a hand. At the second KO Hand, here are the scores now:
The last two people on this list bet the $50,000, while Walker bet $40,000 and Horseman bet $30,000. Opening hands:
Marlin: (7C)(10C) = 17
Dealer starts this hand with...a 10 of Diamonds. Johnson uses her Power Chip to replace the 6..and ges a Jack of Clubs in return to stop at 20! Walker hits...and gets 21 with a Queen of Diamonds! Fortin decides to be extremely bold and doubles down on a 13. He then uses his Power Chip to look at his first Double Down card, which he throws away. It was a deuce. Final dealer hand...
(10D)(5H)(8H) = BUSTED!
That means that either Fortin or Johnson will be eliminated here. If Fortin's final card is between an Ace to an 8, he's back in the game big time and Johnson's eliminated; otherwise, he's gone. His final card is...
...an Ace of Spades, meaning Johnson is out. Not only that, that makes Fortin the new leader with $239,500! Horseman has $209,000 and Walker has $195,250. Bets for the first of the final five hands:
Marlin: (10C)(KC) = 20
Dealer's opening card...Deuce of Clubs. Everyone stands, with two standing at 13. Final dealer hand:
(2C)(2S)(9S)(2H)(7C) = BUSTED BY ONE!
Fortin now has $279,500, Horseman has $249,000 and Walker has $240,750. Horseman bets $50,000 while the others bet 40. Hands:
Dealer's opening card...5 of Diamonds. Walker makes a questionable move in standing on 12. Fortin decides to Double Down. Horseman splits his eights.
A: (8H)(3H)- DOUBLE DOWN AT 11
B: (8C)(JD) = 18
Horseman's tournament life rests on the dealer's final hand...
(5D)(5C)(2S)(10S) = BUSTED!!!
I could've sworn that last card was a 9 of Spades, but I was hallucinating! That means Horseman is all but home free with $399,000. Fortin has $359,500 and Walker has $280,250. Everybody bets 50 grand on the next turn.
Marlin: (10H)(JH) = 20
Rick: (8S)(10C) = 18
Dealer's opener...8 of Spades. Walker DOUBLES DOWN. She then uses her Power Chip and loves her final card. Dealer's final hand...
(8S)(5S)(10S) = BUSTED!!!
...a bust, so Walker's risk shouldn't have been doubted! Horseman has $449,000, Fortin has $409,500 and Walker has $380,250. We see max bets from everyone again on the next-to-last hand. Hands:
Dealer's first card...Ace of Clubs. Horseman makes a $25,000 insurance bet...but there's no Blackjack, meaning he's in danger of losing the lead here. He then surrenders, going back to $399,000. Walker hits...and gets a 3 of Hearts to go to 16. She hits again...and gets a 4 of Clubs to stop at 20! Fortin makes a questionable surrender call to go back to $384,500. Final dealer hand...
(AC)(3H)(3D) = 17
...and Walker's now the leader with $430,250! Everybody bets $50,000 on the last hand. Hands:
Alice: (AH)(KD) = BLACKJACK!!!!!!!!
Dealer's base card....
...IS A DEUCE, MEANING THIS HAND IS MOOT AND ALICE WALKER HAS DONE IT!!!!!!! NOT ONLY IS SHE THE FIRST LADY TO WIN THIS EVENT, SHE NOW BECOMES THE NEW ALL-TIME TOP WINNER OF GSN!!!!!!
Horseman won $75,000 for second place and Fortin won $25,000 for third place.