Few astonishing facts about Blackjack

facts about Blackjack

Blackjack is a one of the most fascinating gambling game and there are many great facts that can be learned. Known as the thinker’s gambling game, blackjack is an extremely widely played casino game. As a matter of fact, in the United States, it’s the most popular table game in any gambling hall. Over the years, the game has managed to attract regular people, professionals and even royalty.

But how much do you really know about blackjack?

Lets find out few fascinating facts about blackjack

1.Blackjack initially originated in France and later improvised by America. You see, be it roulette or blackjack, nothing can escape the American influence

2. Blackjack was first described in a collection of short stories by Miguel de Carventes, the author of Don quixote

3. Blackjack got its name from a French term- Vingt-et-Un, meaning 21. When players first started playing, gambling establishments offered a payout of 10:1 if the hand contained a black jack. The name stuck and  become popular all over the world.

4. In the beginning of the 19th century, blackjack was banned in the United States and was not allowed until Las Vegas casinos and gaming parlours emerged.

5. The longest blackjack game was played in the August of 2001 at the Oracle Casino in Malta. It lasted for 51hours and 33 minutes. 

6. Eleanore Dumont, popularly known as Madame Moustache, was the first professional blackjack player in America. Later, she opened her own gaming establishment.

7. Opened in 2002, the Blackjack Hall of Fame is located in Barona Casino in San Diego, California. It honours some of the greatest game players, experts and authors of gambling industry which includes Arnold Snyder, Ken Uston, Darryl Purpose and Don Schlesinger.

8. When the card dispenser was invented it resembled a women’s high heeled shoe. This is the reason why the card dispenser is known as ‘shoe’ in the game.

9. player inserts a  “cut card”  a blank, plastic card, into a deck to let the dealer know when the cards need to be shuffled

10. Discarded cards are placed in a translucent red trays. With the help of a mirror, the dealers and security teams can spot the cards that have been daubed.

11. The dealer will always have a slight edge over the player. This is why gamblers end their blackjack game 44% of the time, whereas the dealer grabs 48% of all hands.

12. Al Francesco incorporated the ‘team play’ concept in blackjack. Later, when he started to use Thorp’s strategies, many casinos have banned him.

13. Napoleon Bonaparte, a popular French military leader was one of the greatest fan of the game. He was often seen playing blackjack whenever he was excited.

14. In a single deck blackjack, the chance of getting a natural 21 is around 4.8% in. However, this can change based on how many decks are being used.

15. Beat the Dealer, a book written by Edward Thoro, details the mathematical aspects of the game. Thor is also known as the Father of Card Counting.

Read Also:

The gambling market in Asia explained

All About Casino Licensing