sometimes known as 21 or Pontoon, is said to be the
most widely played casino banking game in the world.
Blackjack’s popularity is drawn between its mix of
skill and chance, and the possibility of card counting,
calculating the odds of receiving high and low cards.
other casino games, the origin of blackjack
is somewhat unknown. However, the game has been traced
back to Spain, specifically Castilia, and has been
played since the beginning of the 17th century. In
its early years in the United States, blackjack wasn’t
very popular, so casinos did what they had to do to
attract players to the tables.
incentive casinos offered was a 10-to-1 payout if
the players hand contained the ace of spades and a
black jack (Jack of clubs or Jack of spades). Similarly,
this hand was called a “blackjack” and the name has
stuck despite the high payout being abolished. The
basic premise of the game is simple; the hand with
the highest total without exceeding 21 wins, if a
player goes over 21, they bust.
game is player vs. dealer, so players are trying to
beat the dealers hand closest to 21, beat the dealer’s
hand and you win. In recent years, blackjack has received
Hollywood status due to card counting and the celebrity
status associated with it.
most famous card counting ring ever was the story
of six MIT students who named themselves the MIT Blackjack
Team and are personally responsible for taking major
casinos around the world for millions of dollars over
a 20 year span.
card counting isn’t for everyone; these were extremely
bright and gifted math students who used their knowledge
for personal gain, so think again if you’re considering
ransacking Vegas for millions.
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