When it comes to card games at casinos, whether you’re playing online or sitting in land-based casinos, the two games that come to mind are poker and blackjack. And while it may be the game of Poker you hear a lot about, it’s Blackjack that’s actually the game that gets played the most by us “regular” players.
That’s probably because most players are looking for something that’s simple, they don’t want to spend hours learning a game before they start playing the game. That’s exactly what Blackjack can give them. You don’t always need to learn the rules on the whole, although it pays to read through them.
The aim of the whole game is to get as close to 21 as you can on the whole, without going over 21. If you go over 21, you go bust and you lose.
The basics – very quick – very simple
We think the recipe for a popular game is that it’s simple. There are no longer many people who want to learn a lot before they can have fun, they want to sit down and play and have fun and that’s it. If it’s a difficult game, they don’t want to come back either.
Fortunately Blackjack is a game that is very easy to learn, you don’t have to be a math genius or think very much to play this game.
When you choose to play Blackjack games, the most difficult thing you will have to do is choose whether or not to take a new card.
You start the round by being dealt 2 cards, and your goal is to beat the dealer. There are 3 ways you can do this:
- You must get Blackjack on your first 2 cards (i.e. the total must be 21) without the dealer getting Blackjack on his first 2 cards
- The value of your cards must be higher than the dealer’s cards, without the sum of your cards exceeding 21
- You must hope that the dealer goes bust, i.e. that the dealer’s cards go over 21
- More difficult than this is the game. It’s all about luck, no one can predict who will get which cards.
Many people claim they can count the cards and always know what to do. But those who follow the casino world know that this is not legal, and if you are caught counting cards, you will not only lose your winnings, but all of the bets you have placed. You also risk being thrown out of the casino for life afterwards.
It is not worth doing, and we strongly recommend that you do not use this method to try and win bigger and bigger casino winnings.
Let’s look at the history of Blackjack
Many different rumors are flying around about where Blackjack actually came from, and we don’t really know what to think about what we find out. The thing about games that have been on the market for as long as they have is that you can’t really find a definitive answer.
One of the theories that we don’t really have much faith in is that the game comes from old Roma, and that it was then played with trebles of different denominations. There are many reasons why we don’t believe it very much, but the main reason why we don’t have much faith in this rumour is because there is not much more information about it than that it was played with spades.
It is also said that Blackjack comes from a completely different table game “Chemin de Fer”, this was a game that was very popular in France in the 18th century. It is a game that is still on the market, but it is now known as Baccarat. It may not be exactly the same game, but it is also a more updated version of the game.
Blackjack hasn’t always gone by the name Blackjack either, it actually went by the name “Vingt-et-Un” right up until it came to America.
It didn’t take long from the time it found its way for it to find its way to the rest of the world and begin the incredible journey that it is on now, evolving into one of the most popular games you’ll find at the casino.
Blackjack a game – or a style
It’s not just in casinos that we hear or see Blackjack, it’s not just a popular game anymore. It seems that it has become more of a style than a game. After all, how many times does a movie or a book come out and people are playing blackjack online?
It’s not something that we see as much when it comes to the other games in the casinos, it’s not like movies are released where they’re sitting playing roulette. There are some where you see them playing slot machines and other casino games, but they’re usually in a casino.