No one knows exactly who invented the game of Blackjack, which has become the most popular casino card game in the world. Most historians believe the game originated in France in the early 18th century and was known by the more colloquial term, ‘vingt-et-un’ (twenty one).
Other versions of the early game have appeared in various texts from around this period. An early Spanish form was called ‘One and Thirty’, in which players had to reach 31after initially being dealt three cards rather than two. Some have even posited the theory that the Romans invented a game that now resembles our beloved Blackjack, but unfortunately there is no evidence for this, other than the fact that the Romans loved to gamble!
The game really hit the big time in 1931 when the US state of Nevada made gambling legal. As a means of luring punters into the casinos, this rather brilliant special bet was introduced; a hand which contained either the jack of spades or the jack of clubs – the ‘black jacks’ – plus the ace of spades paid out odds of ten to one. A gambler’s dream! Unfortunately casinos today do not offer the same special bet, although the name stuck and Black jack was born.
The simple rules of Black jack and the basic, easy-to-learn strategy of the game are the main reasons why it has been such a popular game through the centuries, and continues to be to this day.
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