Betting: History of 21
|The game of blackjack has moved from land-based
casinos to the online world, so now everyone can enjoy it. But whats the history of
everyones favorite casino game?
The actual game predates casinos by a wide, wide margin
like hundreds of years.
Blackjack has been played in some form or another since the very early 1600s and possibly
even before then. It continues to grow as it could be the most popular game you will find
in your online casino.
The great Miguel Cervantes is well known as the author of the classic Don Quixote, but he
was also a serious gambler and he wrote a story around 1601 or 1602 about a man that would
attempt to cheat at a game called ventiuna, which is the Spanish word for
twenty-one. The general rules for this game was that you had to get to twenty-one without
going over that total, so you would have to think that Cervantes had heard or played the
game before he wrote the story, which was called Rinconete y Cortadillo, from his book of
short stories, Novelas Ejemplares. Some also say that the game was started by the French,
who had a game called vingt en un, which is the French phrase for twenty-one.
The game was then brought over to North American in the early 1900s and early places
where you could play it would offer bonuses for certain hands. One was when you received
an ace of spades and a jack of either spades or clubs, which would make it a black jack
and that is where the name that we know came from. Since the game was brought to America,
there have been many different ways created to play the game, but at its core, the
objective of the game is still the same: get to twenty-one without going over the total,
while managing to best the dealer or the house. Its simplicity makes it a game that anyone
of any age can play, which is why it is so popular at only casinos.
Of course, it is a card game and that means players have been trying to beat the system
for hundreds of years, going back to Cervantes story. Card-counting has been
attempted at many casinos to varying degrees of success, but those have been able to do it
well have written books about it and the entire goal is to minimize the house edge, which
increases with the amount of decks you add to the game. However, if you try to do it at a
land-based casino, you may be greeted with resistance (and that is putting it nicely), and
to try to do it online would be extremely difficult because of the technological advances,
unless you can write a program that does it.
Expect the history of blackjack to go forward as it moves deeper into the online era and
players try new ways to beat the house, or you could sit back and enjoy the fun of one of
the oldest (if not the oldest) card game out there.
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