Blazin Blackjack: History of Blackjack

Blackjack today ranks as one of the most popular card games around the world. In fact, next to slots, blackjack is the game that most people play in casinos. But where did it all begin? The precise origin of blackjack is not entirely clear. However, the general consensus so far as known is that blackjack is a derivative of French card games such as "French Ferme".

As has been said earlier, blackjack originated from France where it first appeared in casinos during the early 1700's. The French called that game "vingt-et-un" which in English means twenty and one. The game debuted in the US a century after it was first played in French casinos.

The migration to American shores was another turning point in the history of blackjack. Since no laws were implemented in the US that restrict card games from being played those days, blackjack became a huge success. It's popularity was further heightened when a blackjack strategy book was released to the gambling public. This book gained tremendous acclaim that it eventually became a best seller hit.

Naturally, casinos weren't very keen about the release of this book as the repercussions it entailed took it's effect on the income generated from their blackjack tables. So casino owners and managers changed some of the established blackjack rules. This then lead to people not playing blackjack in their casinos. The boycott was eventually stopped when the casino owners decided to put the old rules back in place.

Gambling suffered a sharp rebuff in the US during the early part of the 19th century. A ban on gambling was implemented and one of the games included was blackjack. As is the case with liquor during the Prohibition, blackjack and other gambling activities became an underground hit. This total ban on gambling ended when Nevada made gambling legal during 1931.

The term blackjack came as a result of early bets that gave the winning player ten times more than the player's bet if the first two cards dealt to that player is a combination of a jack of spades and an ace of spades (both of which are black cards). This practice has long been discontinued.

It was clearly evident that no one can stop the rise of blackjack's popularity anymore. These days, blackjack is a game played around the world. With the rise of online gambling, we can only be sure that blackjack will remain among the most popular card games played today.


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