Blackjack, arguably the most known casino game in existence, but where did it all start? That’s our question. Thankfully we’ve done all the research needed to provide you with a quintessential guide on the history of this game and more! This will be the perfect place for veterans — even new players — to learn how to play blackjack, and who knows. It could help inspire them to be better blackjack players in the process!
How blackjack came to be is still up for debate. It is believed that either Spain or France spawned blackjack somewhere in the 16th century. Seville is said to be where the game was first documented in writing. However, the modern game appears to have taken massive inspiration from French casinos in the eighteen hundreds where it was known as Vingt-et-Un (which is French for 21).
The game began to pick up steam when it spread to North America through French colonists — this is where the name blackjack began to make its mark. One of the truly original bonuses available would pay out 10/1 if the players hand was an ace and a blackjack. This ruling would later be removed but by then the game had already made enough noise to be considered a mainstay at certain casinos.
How To Play
Blackjack has come a long way since its inception, we can tell you that for free. The joy of blackjack comes in its simplicity — it’s a very multi-faceted casino game that can be played in a variety of different ways depending on the player in question. The goal is to best the dealer, this rule has never changed, just keep in mind that other players can also participate.
To begin place a starting bet of some kind — betting chips are normally used as currency. Players are then dealt two cards facing up by the dealer. At this point it is up to you to evaluate your current standing and either ‘hit’ or ‘stand’. To hit is to ask the dealer to hand you another card — you’d normally only ever do this if the sum of your cards is under 10. To stand is to say no more cards — anything above a 17 is normally a good thing.
There is also the option to ‘split’ which is to play the two cards you’ve been dealt as two separate hands (normally when you are in the possession of two 10s). ‘Double down’ is another option which essentially doubles your bet for that hand. You’d normally only ever double down if you were in the possession of a 10 or something that normally leads to 21 quite easily.
It’s remarkable how far blackjack has come over the years, how one game from Europe changed the way we all gamble, even today! We hope you have learned something from us today, and good luck to all engaging in any games of blackjack moving forward!