Do you love to play blackjack? I mean, who doesn’t want to play one of the easiest casino games out there? One can enjoy a game of blackjack in an online casino or you can enjoy the rush and thrill of the game in an actual casino if that is what you prefer.
But, in all of the fun and enjoyment, have you ever stopped to wonder how the game was born? If you are interested to know, then read the rest of the article to find out how one of the best casino games out there started.
A Blast from the Past
The game of blackjack is actually really old. It all started in the 18th century in France. The game was originally called Vingt-et-Un which is the literal French translation of the number 21. The reason why it is called as such is due to the fact that the objective of the game is for your cards to reach the value of 21 (or close to it).
Instead of duking it out against the best players out there, you are actually going to go up against the dealer and no one else. Both your pairs of cards will be revealed and be compared and the one that has the better value cards (a pair that doesn’t go beyond 21) will win the entire game.
Blackjack, since it was created in the 18th century, was actually not as popular as it is today. However, things have really turned for the better ever since Edward O. Thorp- a mathematician- published his book giving away tips on how one can beat the game. Since then, the game turned into one of the most popular casino games in the entire world.
So, the premise of the game is for either you or the dealer to get closer to the number 21 (or on the exact number) to win it all. But, exactly how can you tell the total value of your cards?
Always keep in mind that you are only going to be using a pair of cards and the value of the cards are summed up to find out if your cards are better than the dealers.
Now, all of the numbered cards represent the numerical value that is written before the suit. So, a 9 of spades is equal to 9 points, for example.
All of the face cards- king, queen, and jack- all amount to 10 points each. The ace card is a special card because it can either represent 1 or 11 depending on whether or not you will win with such a number. That is why the dream pair would be any of the face cards plus an ace card. (to get to the exact number, 21).
Once the game begins, the dealer will have one of their cards revealed to you while the hole card, as it is called, will be placed face-down. After you’ve made your move, the cards will be revealed and the values will be shown. Whoever gets close to the number 21 (or gets to the exact value) wins the entire thing.