The Real History of Blackjack


Over the years, the origin of Blackjack, similar to many other games, has evaded researchers for a long period and which is continuing to be hotly discussed to date. To this day, there has been no consensus that has been clear, but many agree that the game likely originated in the French casinos about 1700, where it used to be called the Vingt-et-Un, meaning twenty-one when translated. Most people believe it was likely derived from the card games in France, French Ferme, as well as Chemin de Fer, which were trending during that era.

Another of its version used to be prevalent in Spain, which used to be called One and Thirty. The Spanish version basic rule was to reach thirty-one with a minimum of only three cards. Also, a theory that is doing the rounds claims that Blackjack was a Romans’ invention. It’s believed that the Romans were playing Blackjack with different the numerical-value wooden blocks. The theory holds some weight as the Romans loved gambling, though that by no means proves the theory.

Among the many versions of the game, 21 or Vingt-et-Un continued growing in popularity as well as in reach. The game gradually spread to the North American continent to the French colonist, and after a short time, the game was played everywhere on the continent. Blackjack rules were different then, compared to those of contemporary or modern Blackjack. For instance, in this version of Blackjack, the dealer was the only person in the game that was allowed to double. Additionally, a betting round used to be there between all of the playing cards that were dealt.

The game was also called twenty-one when it gained popularity in the state of Nevada, in the United States in the year 1931, as the Nevada state first decided to make gambling legal. Several casinos then offered a bet that was special to attract more people to play the game. A hand that had either of the Blackjacks (the Jack of Clubs or that of Spades) together with the Ace of Spades paid the odds of 10 to 1 on the bet of the lucky player. Although casinos later stopped that strange payout, the name Black Jack or Blackjack remained, as people know it now.

The name Five of Clubs: the Watson’s card has nothing to do with the fictional private detective known as Sherlock Holmes, but it is referring to a well-known gambler who was supposed to have won 10,000 Euros at the Faro through his bet in connection with that card.

Any one person did not conceive blackjack at one particular moment. On the contrary, the blackjack game has evolved over centuries. The game continues evolving and growing even today; that is attributed to the Internet. Fueling the popularity of blackjack, the industry of the online casino has developed several versions of blackjack which has truly revolutionized the game.

Currently, several reputed casino operators have begun an innovative as well as a far more enjoyable theory of the game. The concept is alive blackjack game that includes real dealers. The live Blackjack is known to be the most advanced way that players can play their favorite casino game when they are sitting on the couch in their home, without the need of going a long way to the land-based casinos.