Explore The History Of Blackjack

If you are into playing cards, you will have handled blackjacks a lot of times. But have you ever thought about the history of blackjacks? Well, most of us have not. But you will be surprised to know that the origination of blackjacks is debatable. Although there is no clear answer about the origin, it is said that the French casinos of 1700 saw the emergence of blackjacks. In France, it is said that the card game was played in the royal court of King Louis XV.

Theory about blackjack

There revolves a theory about blackjack. Many believe that it is a Roman invention as the Romans would use wooden blocks with various numbers embarked on them to play this game. This theory is considered accurate by many as the Romans used to prefer gambling. However, there is no evidence of this.

18th-century card game

Other widely played card games across Europe could have contributed to the development of blackjack. Some of the card games that gave rise to blackjack are as follows:

  • Trente-un – Spanish
  • Sette e mezzo – Italian
  • Quinze – French

In the Spanish Trente-un, a player has to get close to 31 points. In this game, the jack cards have 11 points, while the king and queen cards consist of 13 and 12 points, respectively. The sette e mezzo of Italy is played with 40 cards where the Ace card has 7 points while the face card is counted to have half a point. In the 18th century, the card game had spread to America with the help of French colonists.

19th-century card game

In the 19th century, France did not see much exposure and spread in card games. But America, by this time, took card games seriously. It became popular and evolved more with time. Soon, in 1820, the legalized gambling locations in New Orleans included card games.

Besides, there revolved a story, concerning Eleanor Dumont, during this period. Eleanor Dumont was an experienced dealer who immigrated to America and had set up a gambling hall in Nevada City, California. Initially, the gambling station was known as Vingt-et-Un. However, since Eleanor was considered a gem of a card dealer, people from all over the world would come and play against Eleanor.

Era of casinos

The 20th century saw the emergence and rapid spread of casinos. Initially, the game was started in Nevada and is known as 21. Later, this game 21 was renamed blackjack. After the legalization of gambling, the rules of the game have undergone a sea change. The first counters of blackjack appeared in 1950.

Online blackjack

After the rise of the internet, the blackjack game has arrived into the online sphere where people can play from any part of the world. The rules in online casinos are similar to the ones that exist in the classical playing method. Also, in online casinos, various other games are available. However, the drawback of the online blackjack is that the atmosphere you get in casinos is not present online.  


Now that you have a clear idea about the history and emergence of blackjacks, you can quickly try your luck in online casinos.