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Online Casino Blackjack or Twenty One?

Friday, November 18th, 2011

Blackjack is now a popular online casino game, but it has a long and varied history. However, its exact origins elude historians and researchers.

It is commonly agreed that Blackjack derived from Twenty One however, its origins are unknown. During the 17th Century a game called Vingt En Un was played in French casinos. However, while Twenty One is similar in many aspects to Blackjack, not all the rules are the same.

The main similarity between the two games is the object of the game, as with both games you need to reach 21. However, there are some differences between the two games. For example in twenty one only the dealer is allowed to double and you have to bet after each round. In fact the English name Blackjack comes from one of the features of Vingt En Un, where players would get a special payout when they had a hand of a jack and an ace of spades; this was the ideal hand in the game.

Around the same time there was also a game played in Spain called One and Thirty in which players had to reach 31 with three cards. However, it was thanks to French colonists that Twenty One became more popular as it was twenty one that spread to America.

In 1931 the state of Nevada legalised gambling and at this point it was still named twenty one but in order to get new players in introduced a new rule; if people got either of the black jacks plus the ace of spades in a hand they would receive a payout of 10-to-1 odds on the bet. However, there is no documentary evidence of this it is a plausible explanation for how the name came about. This rule has since been scrapped but the name has persisted so that the game of Twenty One is now known as Blackjack.



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what is the difference between Blackjack and 21?

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Counting cards in Blackjack

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Could I learn counting cards in Blackjack from the movie 21?

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Blackjack Terms – Part One

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

Blackjack Terms – Part One

From “Action” to “Color Up,” we’re going to go over a bunch of Blackjack and casino terms in part one of our Blackjack terms series today. I’ve spent some time coming up with a listing of fun terms I think you’ll want to know. They’re listed in alphabetical order, so scroll around if you want.

Action – It means almost what you think. When a bet is “live” it has action. This term is commonly used when someone puts actual cash in the betting area.

Back Counting – A back counter is someone who isn’t sitting at the table and who is counting the cards. An example would be two friends that walk up to play. One sits down and the other stands around the table.

Bankroll – Ah, this one is a classic. A bankroll is the amount of money you have to gamble with. It’s the key ingredient in money management and the better you are at managing a bankroll, the better off you are. A bankroll can be for a session of gambling, a calendar month, a season in sports or whatever other time term you want.

Bar – No, not the kind that serves you drinks. If you get barred, you’re out of luck. A barred player is one who gets removed from the casino for good. It’s also called “being 86ed.”

Basic Strategy – In Blackjack, this is your garden-variety strategy that’s designed to help you have a good time and stay in the game.

Blackjack – This is the game we’re talking about. If you don’t know how to play, check out the quick-start Blackjack guide on this site.

Burn Card – After the deck is shuffled and cut, the first card is “burned,” which means it is discarded. This is an old anti-cheat mechanism and it’s still used today in brick and mortar casinos.

Bust – When your card count in Blackjack goes over 21, you’ve busted. When you bust, you lose. Ideally, you hope this happens to the dealer often and not you.

Card Counting – It’s a strategy to try and figure out what type of cards are left in the deck. Players who employ this strategy will bet bigger when the remaining cards in the deck are larger and bet less when the remaining cards in the deck are smaller. There are many card counting techniques and we talk about card counting in Blackjack more on this site.

Cold Deck – Cold deck is the same thing as a cold table in Craps. It just means that the deck sucks for players. If you’re counting, you know when the deck is cold, because it’s overloaded with smaller cards.

Color Up – When you’re ready to leave the table, you can color up. Let’s say that you have 20 red chips ($100), you could color up for one black chip. Casinos try to color up players, because it keeps them from having to constantly fill tables with extra chips. As a player, it’s easier to walk around with fewer chips.

We’ll be back in part two of our Blackjack terms series with “Comp.”

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Questions about Blackjack

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

Questions about Blackjack (21)?

Die V. asked:
Im going to Vegas this weekend and my game of choice is Blackjack. I dont know all the ins and outs of the game, just the basics. I dont get the whole concept about doubling down or splitting. Can someone explain this to me a little better or tell me when is the best time to double down or to split??

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