History of Blackjack

History of Blackjack: Some less Known Facts



Whether you are a professional blackjack player or a novice, you need to know the history of this game that is played in casinos all over the world. Although the country of origin of this much loved game is debatable, researchers agree that it has been around since 900AD.


About the game


Blackjack, also known as Vingt-et-Un (or “Twenty One”), is one of the oldest card games and has been a favourite with gambling house regulars for over three centuries. It requires expert level computational and memory skills, apart from a generous portion of luck. Descriptions of premature versions of blackjack have appeared in several early French and Spanish books. One of the theories about the origin of the game is that the Romans invented it for the purpose of entertainment. However, there is no concrete evidence to back this up.


BlackjackEvolution of blackjack


Blackjack has been evolving right from the time it was conceived, and continues to do so even today. 1931 saw the birth of the game in Las Vegas casinos under the name of “Twenty One.” During this time, the player would get bonus points for collecting a suit of a Black Jack (either the club or spade) and an Ace of Spades. In later times, the game came to be known as Blackjack for this reason.


In the early versions of the game, players were allowed to bet on the cards only before dealing them. Also, they were not allowed to split or double the cards. In the Spanish adaptation of blackjack, the highest number of points that a player had to earn to win the game was 31 instead of 21. These rules, however, have changed in recent times, where betting is allowed only once in the beginning of the game and players can double as well as split their hand.