Chemin de Fer Lessons


Posted by Barbara | Posted in Blackjack | Posted on 30-11-2009

Blackjack is possibly one of the more well-known games played in casinos. Black jack is also known as "twenty one" or "pontoon." The game is a mix of chance and skills combined with decision-making. The game has changed over a period of time. Players have specialized in specific abilities like "card counting," with which they turn the odds of the game in the players direction. The game has been in existence since the 1700s. References can be located in historical scriptures to a card game known as "vingt-et-un," which means 21 in French, and is deemed as the precursor to blackjack.

The card game was initially not very popular in the united states. This led to the betting houses trying a variety of features like providing a bonus in case of a 10-to-1 payout, if the blackjack player had a "black" jack and an ace of spades. The jack could be either the jack of clubs or spades. Once the card game became popular, the bonus payout quickly vanished from the game.

Any hand which reaches a sum of twenty-one is deemed a winner. The value can not go beyond twenty-one, in which case the hand is considered to be "bust." The goal of any player is to beat the casino. If the player and the house both have an identical hand value, it is called "push," with neither the blackjack player nor the casino winning the hand.

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