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History of Blackjack
Blackjack originated as twenty one before becoming Blackjack in the casinos as we know it today. Although Blackjack has been around for many years the first recorded reference to the game as twenty one was in a book written by Miguel de Cervantes who was born in Spain.
In the book as it is today the object of the game was to reach 21 without going over which would mean the player would be ‘Bust’. Although this is the same as today’s game of Blackjack in the casinos the deck of cards they used was slightly different. Cards eight through ten were missing from each suit unlike the casinos today where these cards are included.
The game was still known as twenty when it hit the casino in the USA. Although a fundamental change was made to the game to encourage play, this change was a pay-out of ten to one if a player received 2 cards totalling 21 with the iconic ace of spades and a Black jack made up of either the jack of clubs or the jack of spades. This bonus subsequently gained the game the name of ‘Blackjack’ in the casinos.
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