History

Blackjack goes a long way back, but the most common theory of where it originated from is back in 18th century France with the game Vingt-et-Un. However, it is one of the most argued about topics in the gambling world. The origin of the game came from a different version of a similar game known as Chemin de Fer, and the influence came from a Spanish game known as One and Thirty.

Another theory about the history of the game is that blackjack was actually invented by the Romans. It is believed that the Romans played a game with wooden blocks that featured a number of numerical values, in a similar way to how the modern game of Blackjack is played today.

Blackjack reached North America in the 1800s due to French colonists under the name of '21', and it rapidly grew in popularity across the continent. While the rules of blackjack back then were very different to the rules that we know today, the concept of the game was very similar. Back when the game first reached the shores of America, some of the rules included only the dealer being able to double, and that there was a betting round between each of the playing cards that were dealt.

Nevada was the first state in the US that legalised gambling, in 1931, and the game adapted a number of special bets and more in order to draw more customers to the state and to the game itself. For example, if a hand featured a blackjack or the Ace of Spades, it would pay 10:1 odds. This is where the term 21 was dropped and the game began to be more commonly known as blackjack.

Fundamentals

A huge expanse of maths, science and superstition surrounds this extremely popular casino game, but that doesn’t mean that you have to be a genius in order to play it. In fact, the game is a very simple one, and getting to grips with the fundamentals and the basic strategies are the best ways to keep your player decisions clear and effective...

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