Sorry to revive old thread, but there hasn't been any other threads on the new season.
Todd in South America: total fail. Everyplace they find gold, it turns out that it has been mined already. Dave left. Now mining diamonds and other stones.
Fred and Dustin: Glory hole may have had gold, but it was too dangerous to mine. Moving up river to new grounds.
Parker left his Grandpa's mine at start of season and has gotten the most gold, but has made several strategic mistakes: Leased land gold-poor land owned by Tony Beats for 15 percent of gold. No one on the show has ever paid more than 10 percent. Parker bought worn out D10 dozer and Little Blue from Hoffmans and overpaid. 100 oz for a D10 bulldozer? Todd tried to by a D10 for $50K. 100Oz is $120K! Parker is just able to get the 100 oz (plus 15 percent to Beats) to own the dozer. Dozer tracks wore out and Parker had to buy used parts that worked (for how long?).
Due to poor ground, Beats is constantly pressuring Parker to increase the amount of dirt processed, causing Parker to make bad decisions and not listen to his crew. Little Blue, which appears to work well when operated correctly, breaks down and not repairable for season. Promo for this week shows Parker buying Big Red (what he should have purchased in the first place).
Unless Fred and Dustin make it big, no one is going to break even this year.