History of Blackjack
It is said that Blackjack originated from a variety of French games such as "chemin de fer" and "French Ferme". Dating back from as early as the 1700's. Blackjack was seen in the French casinos where it was first known as "vingt-et-un" which means twenty-and-one. Blackjack was first noticed in the United States around the 1800's and after casino gambling was re-legalized in 1931 it later became one of Nevada's leading games of chance. In order to get Blackjack to become noticed the gambling houses tried offering different bonuses to grab their attention. One such bonus was a 10-to-1 payout if the player's hand had the ace of spades and a black Jack (either the Jack of spades or clubs). This hand became known as the "blackjack" and the name stuck which is why it is called Blackjack today.
How to Play Blackjack
The aim of Blackjack is to get the highest total to the number 21 but must not exceed that number. Cards numbers between 2 and 10 are worth their face value and cards such as jack, king or queen are all worth 10. An ace is either worth 11 or 1 depending on the value needed to get to 21.
The player's aim is to beat the dealers hand by having the higher, unbusted hand to twenty one. Even if the dealer busts (gets over 21) the player will also bust regardless. In the event of both the dealer and the player having the same number it is known as a push and none of them wins the hand.
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General Blackjack rules
The player is only allowed to use a maximum of 9 cards to get to 21 and the dealer has to stand if he reaches.
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