The History of Blackjack
Originally called vingt-et-un, which translates as the number ‘21’ from French, this game was initially played using a single deck of cards. The game was available in casinos across France, and started a trend that evolved into the game we all know today. However, Vingt-et-un wasn’t popular like blackjack because the payouts for every winning hand were the same and paid out at even money. There was no distinction between a natural 21 and any other hand, so although it had some dedicated players, it did not reach the epic proportion of fans that online blackjack enjoys today.
As travel opportunities increased and became easier, the opportunity for ‘vingt-et-un’ to reach foreign shores arose. When the game hit the U.S, a major innovation happened that made the popularity of the game explode. In America, the game changed so that players were now paid out at 3:2 for a hand that consisted of the ace of spades and a black Jack. This was called Blackjack and as popularity grew, the new name was adopted.
Naturally, the game continued to spread and as it did so, adaptations to the rules were added, until multiple variations of blackjack became available. In some instances, the number of decks used increased, in others, rules were added where the dealer could peek at his cards, or players could switch their pocket cards for an alternative hand. There were also variations on how many times a player could split and when a dealer could stand.
The biggest change happened when modern technology enabled the invention of the internet, and online blackjack was created. This meant the birth of progressive jackpots, multi-hand games, and turbo games – these were all made possible by modern technology. This meant that players could have access to a wide range of web-based blackjack games at a time that suited them, to fit with even the most demanding of lifestyles.
Online casinos also provided players with the opportunity to gain extra rewards via comp points, VIP programmes and a variety of cash bonuses, thus improving the overall experience and giving plenty of rewards for becoming a new member and showing loyalty by returning to play real money games. For those that do not want to make a deposit, there is also a practice play option available, where you can enjoy the same great entertainment but using virtual chips only.
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