The History of Blackjack

The origin of this table game is murky but most people agree that it comes from the 18th century French game vingt-en-un which translates to twenty-one. Colonists introduced it to North America in the 19th century and since then it’s evolved into one of the most popular casino games to play. Over the years the rules have changed, included the ruling that only the dealer could double.

Blackjack wasn’t as well-liked as Poker or Craps and so gambling venues tried to entice more people to play it by giving a 10:1 payout for a special hand. If you produced an ace of spades and a black jack as your initial two cards then you received this substantial bonus. As the game grew in popularity the payout was revoked but the name twenty-one was changed to Blackjack.

When gambling was legalised in Las Vegas in 1931 the table game grew in popularity to such an extent that it became synonymous with the city. In the 1950s Roger Baldwin was the first to publish literature on the subject with his paper: The Optimum Strategy of Blackjack. It was the first time that mathematics was used as a strategy to give a player a greater opportunity to win. In 1962 Edward O. Thorp published his influential book Beat the Dealer which revolutionised Blackjack and became a bestseller.

The internet is responsible for the dramatic increase in Blackjack players as it allows people to play from home. Online facilities mean players don’t even have to change out of their pyjamas in order to take part in a game. You can also play for free to fine tune your strategy before playing for real money. Online casinos have many different version of the game and so there’s something to appeal to everyone. See which version is your favourite when you play Blackjack online at River Nile Casino.