The famous one and twenty

Whilst the history of Blackjack is shrouded in much speculation and doubt, one thing that is certain is that variations of it have existed from as early as the 1400. The game that we know as Blackjack today, took the world by storm however, when it was popularized in, yes you guessed it, Vegas baby, when gambling was legalized in Nevada.

Online casinos followed the Blackjack trend and the game went from strength to strength, leaving Las Vegas and becoming ever more popular in the mainstream. The only concern you may have when playing Blackjack online is finding the right casino, but we’ve got you covered, click here.

The favourite amongst bankers, is a relatively easy card game to follow. All that is needed is a deck of cards and a dealer. Players don’t play against each other, but against the dealer. Two cards are dealt each time, the value of the cards is added up and the hand that sums to 21, or closest to the number without exceeding it, wins.

As far as card values go the Jack, Queen and King denote 10 points each, the Ace is a special card which can be worth either 1 or 11, whereas the rest of the cards are taken at face value respectively. The game begins with players placing their bets, before the dealer hands out their cards, face up. The dealers cards themselves would constitute of 1 face up card and one face down. Should the cards dealt exceed 21, it’s a ‘bust’ and the player losses. If on the other hand they do not, the player has one of two options, to ‘stay’ and keep the given cards, or ‘hit’ and be dealt another card. The ultimate objective is to beat the dealer, and that’s about it.

There are further variations of the game, as well as additional side rules for the more seasoned players, however in essence Blackjack is very much a game of chance.

Keeping track of the game however, as many of the card counting movies of our millennium has taught us, can make the game a rather fascinating one, and an exercise of skill and observation.

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