10 Facts You Did Not Know About Blackjack, The Most Addictive Game In The Casino

There is no doubt, Blackjack is one of the most popular games in land-based and online casinos , everyone loves it! Despite this, we could bet you know very little about it, so while you enjoy it at Strendus in this quarantine, we leave you 10 facts about 21 that will surprise you.

  1. It is not known exactly where this game originated, but some historians believe that it was born in the 16th century in France, where it was known as Vingt et un (twenty-one in French).
  2. The first record of the 21st is in Rinconete y Cortadillo , a work by Miguel de Cervantes that was published in 1613.
  3. The 21 began to be known as Blackjack until the 1920s. The name is supposed to have arisen because one of the largest jackpots in US casinos was awarded when the hand contained an ACE of spades and a Black Jack (also known as Jota), that is, a Black Jack .
  4. Currently most casinos consider 21 and Blackjack as the same game (there are even those who call it 21 Blackjack). However, before they were not the same.
  5. According to various sources, 21 was one of Napoleon Bonaparte’s favorite games . This is not entirely surprising, as “His Imperial Majesty” was already known as a lover of gambling and betting .
  6. The hand with 16 points is considered the worst in the game. The funny thing is that, out of fear, many tend to stand up when they have this score. Our advice is to split it or take the risk and ask for another card.
  7. The card shoe , which is the box in which the decks used to play Blackjack are put , began to be used with the intention of avoiding card counting. Up to eight decks can fit into this.
  8. The truth is that the dealer does have a bit more advantage in the game. Why? For the simple fact that you will always ask for your cards first. If you check, you automatically lose and he no longer even has to ask for cards, he just keeps the bet. You just have to be smart enough to prevent this from happening.
  9. Some casinos offer you the ability to bet in favor of the dealer . Really! While playing you could also bet that the house will roll Blackjack on its next move. This does not mean that if you lose on purpose you will win, in fact you should play, bet and take risks as usual.
  10. The chances of going over 21 when asking for another card are greater than 50% since you have 14 points, but if you don’t ask again it is much more likely that the dealer will beat you.
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The Best Blackjack Card Counters

Contrary to what many people think, counting cards is not prohibited when you play blackjack – of course , as long as you do not use a device.

Using this strategy is complex and not everyone can master it to get good profits ; However, there are some players who became blackjack historians in part because of their talent at counting cards :

Ken Uston 

One of the names that always comes up when talking about card counting is Ken Uston , famous for coming to light and participating in television shows recounting his exploits.

Uston pioneered the formation of card counting teams, as well as restricting casinos to players who counted cards or took advantage of their talents.

Edward Thorp 

“Beat the Dealer” , published in 1962, is a book published by Edward Thorp , recognized for being one of the first to show that counting cards could be a mathematical strategy to win at blackjack .

His research led him to practice at different Las Vegas casinos , where his winnings quickly drew attention for the method used.

Bill Kaplan

Harvard graduate Bill Kaplan put together a famous team, known as the MIT Blackjack Team , made up of students and alumni from MIT, Harvard and other prestigious universities.

For several years, Kaplan and his team established a whole dynamic of card counting and other strategies, which led to a book and the movie 21 .

Tommy Hyland 

Tommy Hyland also put together his card counting team , which is considered the oldest in the betting circle. Although the members are not known, it is said that 15 are part of the team , accumulating millionaire earnings since 1979.

Ben Affleck

Surprisingly, Ben Affleck also developed a good card counting technique, which got him banned from the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

The famous actor experienced this episode in 2014 , and shortly after he admitted that his continued blackjack practice had caused him to become an expert at the game , including card counting.

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