Blackjack’s Rise to Casino FameBy Angelica Malin
Blackjack is a card game recognised around the world as a classic casino game, but how did it rise to this level of fame?
How has a simple card game stood the test of time, to become a favourite among casino players for centuries, with its popularity increasing further as the years go by, thanks to Blackjack online?
Follow us as we explore where the game began and its journey through time to reach your fingertips today…
Where it all began
There’s a theory amongst historians that a form of Blackjack was actually invented by the Romans. Although it cannot be confirmed, it’s known that the Romans loved to gamble. It’s believed that they played a game consisting of wooden blocks, with various numbers painted on them, instead of the playing cards we are accustomed to today.
Historians and researchers alike have come to an agreement that the origins of the game of Blackjack we play today derives from French casinos around 1700, where it was known as Vingt-et-Un, which translates to twenty-one.
It‘s believed that these cards evolved from card game Chemin de Fer, which was loved by French royals during the reign of King Louis XV.
It was during the 18th century when various versions of Vingt-et-Un grew in popularity within other lands. An earlier version of Blackjack arrived on to the shores of America with the help of French colonists. It was here that the game grew, advancing closer to the beloved version we know today.
In New Orleans in 1820, a new law passed, allowing gambling to take place within legalised gambling halls. This helped players find Blackjack within its lobby floors.
It was also during this time that a French woman named Eleanor Dumont immigrated to America. She was known for her top-level skills as a dealer and travelled around America until she decided to open her own gambling hall in Nevada City, which she ironically called Vingt-et-Un.
Dumont was so well known for her skills that she was considered a rarity among dealers, so people came from all over to play against her at the gaming table.
Blackjack in the modern-day
In Nevada in the 20th century, the game was still known as 21.
However, it was during this time that its name soon changed to what we all know it as today, Blackjack. But how and why did it change?
Well, when gambling venues found they needed a way to promote the game to attract more business and introduce the game to new players, they decided to offer a bonus payout, involving a black Jack of Spades or Clubs dealt alongside an ace of spades.
With these new bonus payouts on offer, the game soon became a hit with new and existing players and when the bonus payouts phased out, the name Blackjack stuck.
As years passed, technology advanced and we were introduced to the internet. With this newfound technology, gambling was taken to a whole new level, where players from around the world could access casino classics alongside the newest games, without having to leave their house.
The opening of virtual casinos allowed players, new and existing, to experience their favourite games in a whole new way than they could before.