LAST EDITED ON 12-09-13 AT 10:30 PM (EST) goes to bbenzenberg, who climbed 2 ranks. Very nicely done, sir.
I have kinda mixed feeling on the Japan leg. While I really love seeing them visit Japan, the show seems to be obsessed with highlighting the wacky angle of Japanese culture, so you never really see much earnestness in these episodes. I guess doing the wacky Japanese game shows is good TV, I suppose, but they really love going back to that well.
1st place - Jason/Amy (2x)
2nd place - Tim/Marie (1.3x)
3rd place - Travis/Nicole (.7x)
4th place - Leo/Jamal (0x)
The Elite 8
Even in this final week, we managed to have no one knocked out of the game! Truly this final group of players are our Elite Eight. Good job you guys!
The correct answer to the bonus game was Tim/Marie, being one of the first words out of Tim's mouth. Although, honestly, maybe he should've said $400K instead...
This week's Greatest Gainer Award
The Perfect Bet Award also goes to bbenzenberg (2.35x), making a really great Jason/Amy wager with a correct bonus bet. It's hard to get more perfect than that.
Here are the final results. Who will take away the championship?
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1. Yogi - 4000
2. louislam - 3060
3. Ontheroadagain - 1840
4. Belle Book - 1584
5. bbenzenberg - 1220
6. beau_30 - 882
7. sarah1234 - 608
8. kduck - 4
In the end, it was Yogi who crossed the finish line first, becoming the TAR23 Casino Game Champion, with louislam finishing with the silver medal, and Ontheroadagain grabbing the bronze.
This was a pretty interesting season overall, in terms of how it shook out. The early weeks were a bit of a Wild West, with a different leader every single week: taffnic, then bbenzenberg, then sarah1234, then Jims02. Then, the Booster bonus game kicked in and the Week 6 Apocalypse happened. Two things happened, about half of the field got knocked out, and louislam jumped into the top of the leaderboard. louislam sat atop of the leaderboard for the following 4 weeks, while both Yogi and Ontheroadagain hung in there around the Top 5. In fact, both Yogi and Ontheroadagain managed a Top 10 finish every single week, which is very impressive. One of the biggest moves happened last week, however, when Yogi made a daring 4x mega-bet on Jason/Amy, vaulting him into the lead the final week. An All-In wager on Jason/Amy in this final week sealed the victory for him.
Honestly, though, like I said before about the "Elite 8"... This was such a volatile season, that just making it to the finish means you played a great game. Congrats to everyone!
Congratulation, Yogi, you are the first 3 time champion of the TAR Casino Game and are once again in the Hall of Fame!
Previous Casino Game Champions
TAR5 Casino Game - zombiebaby
TAR6 Casino Game - VA Slim
TAR7 Casino Game - esquire
TAR8 Casino Game - Neobie
TAR9 Casino Game - Neobie
TARX Casino Game - bighair
TAR All Stars Casino Game - Higgs
TAR12 Casino Game - KwietOne
TAR13 Casino Game - CTgirl
TAR14 Casino Game - 5cats
TAR15 Casino Game - taffnic
TAR16 Casino Game - Yogi
TAR17 Casino Game - Yogi
TAR18 Casino Game - ARNutz
TAR19 Casino Game - Max Headroom
TAR20 Casino Game - IanQuentin
TAR21 Casino Game - louislam
TAR22 Casino Game - IanQuentin
TAR23 Casino Game - Yogi
You stopped louislam and IanQuentin from trading the trophy back and forth again...
See You For All-Stars!
As always, I want to thank everyone for participating in this game, making for yet another fun season of gaming. I admit, after being knocked out in Week 7, watching the final few weeks didn't pack as much punch, without having a real rooting interest. After so many years of playing, you get accustomed to playing Fantasy TAR Games in the background.
Next season will be another All-Stars game, so we will reconvene in the winter and get back to it. In the meantime, go make snow forts or something.
Have a great holiday season!
I hate to say it, but Tim & Marie actually grew on me over the course of the season...