How Blackjack Embraced Modernity

Blackjack in the 1050sBy Jason Underwood.

Can you believe how much we owe it to almost decades of evolution when it comes to enjoying modern blackjack? While it has been an enjoyable game on its own, time has been kind to the growth of this humble card game. The intuition underneath it makes it very easy and enjoyable for beginners to pick up the game. The relative ease, combined with the inherent challenge, makes blackjack a timeless game and we can owe it all to its beautiful history.

A card game’s humble origins

Did you know that this simple card game possesses a history of over 300 years? Not such bad longevity for a card game that has you keep note of the number 21! But initially, blackjack’s predecessors may have kept its players counting up to 31. That’s right, you needed ten more numbers to keep in track in blackjack. This was known as “trente-un”, or 31, in English, and its earliest recorded mention in texts was way back in 1440 by an Italian monk! It was so famous that even the great Spanish novelist Miguel de Cervantes in 1600 in his authored text named A Comical History of Rinconete and Cortadillo.

However, historians widely accept that blackjack came from the French game ving-et-un, also known as 21, of course. The French Revolution saw ving-et-un spread across the Atlantic, and just like that, blackjack’s popularity spread in a matter of time. Once the card game grew famous, casinos and players decided to establish a few rules that would last until today.

Closing in to modernity

But first, let’s start with the name. Around the time the card game was still growing in popularity from all parts of the world, it wasn’t always known as blackjack. Even today, casinos across Las Vegas seamlessly change the game’s name to “twenty-one”, and every table would know what you were talking about. But since casinos and gambling establishments need to promote the game, they thought the name blackjack would be much easier to remember, and probably a little cooler than twenty-one!

Much like its name today, many similar conventions in modern blackjack did not exist when the game was initially played when it was still growing. The 3 to 2 payout for getting blackjacks did not initially exist until the early 1900’s. Since the payout was applied, it became the popular signages that we see in blackjack tables in casinos everywhere. Online game apps such as betway advertise these betting odds for blackjack. This same approach can also be seen in other betting games that sites like these host.

Speaking of online gaming platforms like betway, the ease to access blackjack games is almost instantaneous. As soon as you find yourself feeling lucky, the press of a screen on your phone would take you instantly to portals that would grant access to blackjack tables. It is an undeniable convenience to people who truly enjoy the challenge, nuance, and the intuition behind this simple game.

And how could we forget those slick looking card shufflers! While the work of a shuffling hand is still a mesmerizing display, automatic shufflers grant convenience to any blackjack table by dispensing cards blindly. Since they’re efficient, games just come and go faster like never before.

A draw for the future

Now, with all these advancements, do we still expect our enjoyment of blackjack to expand? Well, dear reader, we think we are still far from the peak! As long as there are hungry players that still find blackjack challenging, we’re confident that this simple card game can still reach new heights we have never even thought of seeing!


One thought on “How Blackjack Embraced Modernity”

  1. “…time has been kind to the growth of this humble card game.” ???

    Well, I am not so sure about this statement. From the casino’s point of view, I guess time has been kind to the game by the many rule changes over the years that have increased the house advantage or made it harder to gain an edge in the game. The biggest negative change (for the player) was implementing the inferior “blackjacks pay 6 to 5” rule. This rule became prevalent for many games starting around the year 2000.

    When evaluating a game to play, be sure the blackjack payoff is 3 to 2.

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