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Blackjack

Blackjack

Blackjack is the most popular card game in the casino, whether that be online, in Las Vegas or anywhere else and the simplicity of the game is what makes it so well-loved. Blackjack is very easy to learn but hard to master and has a clear set of mathematically proven “rules”, called “basic strategy” that tells you what is the best call in any given situation. Some modern day bricks and mortar casinos offer basic strategy cards at the table whilst they can also be found online and sticking to these “rules” offers the best chance of making a profit.

Another reason for the prevalence of blackjack is the low house edge it offers, meaning players have a real chance of making a profit or at the very least enjoying lengthy playing time for very small losses. The house edge varies according to the precise rules being used, with certain variants – usually the most simplistic ones, favouring the player whilst more complex versions, usually only found online, tend to favour the casino. A range of between 0.5% and 1.5% is common, although the edge can drop to as low as 0.28% under the most liberal rules.

Black Jack, also known as “twenty-one”, is the most common casino game around the globe. The game compares cards between the player and the dealer where the player with the sum of the cards closest to 21 without going over or hitting 21 exactly wins.

Whilst it may seem like it is a game of luck, as are many card games, Blackjack Basic Strategy is proven mathematically to be the best way to play. Other strategies involve copying the dealer, avoiding a bust, playing the dealer assuming a 10, card counting and shuffle tracking.

Blackjack most definitely evolved from the game of “21”, which was popular in France and Spain in the early 18th century, but has roots as far back as Roman times. As with all things, Blackjack has certainly progressed over time and there are many variants of the game in present day.