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All you Need to Know About the History of Blackjack

From Julian Beck.
April 2016.

We know that the smart gambler has a sense of history. He or she knows what came before, and they can analyse the present circumstances drawing on the past experiences, making an informed decision. To help you further your practical - and theoretical - knowledge on the field, we've put together this brief survey on the history of one of the most popular casino games, blackjack.

The history of Blackjack

Blackjack as we know it today comes from a tradition of card games handed down since ancient times. Although it is impossible to pinpoint the exact place and history of its ancestors, the widely accepted version as to its origin explains that the game dates back to the 18th century casino game called "Vingt-et-Un", a French card game that migrated to America with the Europeans.

From Vingt-et-Un to Blackjack

The name of the game was "twenty one", a translation of the French, because the main goal was to reach 21 points without going over. The name Blackjack came into use when the game was introduced in the United States. At the time, American gambling houses started offering bonus payouts to increase the game's popularity. One of these payouts - now discontinued - was conceded when a player's hand was comprised of an ace of spades and either one of the black jacks. Hence, the name Blackjack, which remains popular to this day. It can even be played online, for example at InstaCasino.

Rise in popularity

As a measure to increase revenue after the stock market crash in 1929, the American state of Nevada legalized most gambling forms. This helped to reinforce the presence of Blackjack at most casinos, and in Las Vegas it became a household game. Later on, the game spread to the rest of the country, and propelled back to the rest of the world. Now players can enjoy the game from their houses, in several languages, free or for money, against live dealers or computer algorithms, as the popularity of online casinos has intensified across the world. Furthermore, the modern gambling industry took one step further and launched in recent years the mobile version of the game, for those who like to play on the go.



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