There is no source that can provide accurate details regarding origin of Blackjack but the people believes that this game of twenty one was invented way back in early 1700s in some French casinos. It might interest you to know that the game got its name “Blackjack” because of the importance of Jack of spades and Ace of spades. If any player held these as his first two cards then he was paid extra. This game was introduced in U.S. in 1800s.
One of the first references of this game has been given in a famous book “Don Quixote” (1601-1602) written by Miguel de Cervantes who himself was a gambler. This was a story book in which there was a guy named Rinconetey Cortadillo who along with his team of cheats designed a game to cheat people. The object of the game was to reach twenty-one points without getting busted. The game was played with a Spanish deck that lacked eights, nines and tens. It’s after the publishing of this book that the game began to be played in Castilia in early 1700s and thereafter the game spread it’s foothold in France and Spain.
When Blackjack was introduced in the United States then American casinos started offering bonus payout so that they can get more number of players. Of all the bonuses offered by the casinos, ten to one bonus payout was the most famous one which was given at the time when a player’s hand consisted of ace of spades and jack of club or jack of spades. But very soon this bonus payout was withdrawn by the casinos.
Blackjack was in trend thereafter until Nevada banned gambling between 1850 and 1910. But later on, in 1931 when gambling was legalized once again then Blackjack was known to be the most famous casino game in Nevada.
The main objective of blackjack is to obtain 21 points without going beyond 21. If a player secures greater than 21 points then he gets busted. Talking about the value of cards, Jack, Queen and King are worth ten points and the other numbered cards are worth the value written on them. Ace can be either 1 or 11 according to the situation in the game.
Ever since this game was introduced, Blackjack has been gaining worldwide popularity and today this game is known to be one of the mostly played casino games as there are millions of people in the outside world who love to play blackjack and are die-hard fans of this game.