To truly understand something, you must first learn its history…
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Same is true with learning how to play Blackjack. The game of blackjack is not known to have been “invented” by any one person in time, but rather a mixing and shuffling of different influences from around the globe.
One of the earliest assumptions, is that Blackjack was created by the Romans.
No hard proof of this exists for this claim, but it is true that the Romans loved to gamble.
The most widely accepted origin of Blackjack was derived from a game discovered in France in the 18th Century called ‘Vingt-et-Un’ (French for ’21’).
It is suspected that Vingt-et-Un came from a modified version of another game called ‘Chemin de Fer’ (French for ‘way of the Iron”, because the cards were kept in an Iron box).
Another influence to the game of Blackjack came from Spain, who had a game called ‘One and Thirty’, in which the goal was to collect no more then 3 cards valuing 31 points, without going over.
Luckily for us Blackjack made its way to the United States in the early 1800’s and continued its successful growth when the State of Nevada made it legal to gamble in 1931.
That is the same year in which Nevada Casinos made a special bet from which the name “Blackjack history” was born.
If you were dealt a hand totaling 21 with a black jack (meaning a jack of suite spades or clubs) and the Ace of Spades – the house would pay 10-to-1 odds of the bet.
All Casino’s have discontinued this payout, but the name – BLACKJACK – still lives on to this day!
However it came to be, Blackjack has become one of the worlds most popular gambling games.
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