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History of Blackjack

Blackjack is widely believed to have originated in France in the 1700’s, as the first mentioning of this game was “Vingt et un”. As like most Casino games we do not know the precise origins and there are only estimations as to what is the true beginning of this very popular game. In the 1900’s the Card game of Blackjack was introduced to America by the French, a couple of important rule alterations led to the massive popularity that the card game enjoys worldwide today.

How to Play Blackjack

Blackjack also known as 21 is a relatively easy game to play that requires a certain amount of skill and lots of luck. The objective of the game is to beat the dealer in one of two ways. You can either obtain a higher score than the dealer without going over 21, or sit on a lower score and hope that the dealer goes bust.

A blackjack table is set with 5-7 betting spots, and a dealer that acts on behalf of the house.

The game starts by placing a bet. You are then dealt two cards that are face up when dealt to each player. The dealer is then dealt two cards, once face down and once face up. You are then given another opportunity to bet to decide whether you wish to continue playing the cards you have or if you wish to ask for extra cards to obtain as close a hand to a total of 21.

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Types of Blackjack

Spanish 21 Blackjack
Spanish 21 is similar to regular blackjack in that the player has all the same functions and commands of Regular Blackjack such as hit, stand, split, bust etc.
The variations in Spanish 21 blackjack are:
  • Dealer must hit soft 17
  • A player with a 2 card Blackjack beats a dealer blackjack
  • Blackjack pays 3-2
  • A player can double, split or re-split any two cards including aces
  • Player may surrender their hand at any time before standing or busting
  • There are no 10's in the deck
  • 5 card Blackjack pays 3-2, 6 card Blackjack pays 2-1 and 7 card Blackjack pays 3–1
  • Three unsuited 7's pays 3-2 and three suited 7's pays 3-1
Double Exposure Blackjack
Double Exposure Blackjack is a unique blackjack game with many similar qualities to regular blackjack.
The following are the rules and changes of double exposure blackjack:
  • Both of the dealers cards are face up
  • Dealer wins on all tie situations, unless it is a “natural” blackjack
  • Players are only allowed to split once
  • When the player gets a blackjack even money is paid

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Blackjack Glossary

First two cards being dealt to a player that are a ten value card and an ace

Hard hand
A hand that does not have an Ace or a hand that cannot use the Ace as eleven

Hole Card
This is the face down card dealt to the dealer

When the dealer and player have identical card values. No winner or loser.

Soft Hand
This is a hand that can use the Ace as one or eleven

To make two hands from a pair

To not draw any more cards

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Blackjack Quotes

Blackjack is the only casino game an amateur can learn to play and at which he can definitely win.
Lawrence Revere from “Playing Blackjack as a Business”

I love blackjack. But I'm not addicted to gambling. I'm addicted to sitting in a semi circle.
Mitch Hedberg

Blackjack was just me against the house, but poker came with personalities that ranged from racist scum bag to snake-like vermin.
Cat Hulbert, Professional Poker Player

Blackjack Jokes

Chilly The Chimp
A dealer watches in amazement, as a chimp sits down at the blackjack table, with the handler in tow. He clears his throat and explains, “I'm very sorry sir only humans are allowed to play at these tables.”

The handler snorts, “Chilly the Chimp knows more about blackjack than most people do. He knows all the hand signals. He knocks the table when he wants a hit, waves his hand over the cards when he wants to stand, and matches his bet on a split or double!”

The dealer looks confused and asks, “What does it mean when he waves both hands wildly in the air like that?” The handler blinks then mutters, “It means he just peed on your leg.”

I'll Take A 9
At a plush Vegas casino a blackjack dealer and a player are discussing Casino etiquette as to whether or not a player should tip the dealer. The player says, "When I get dealt bad cards it's not the dealer's fault, so when I get good cards, it is based on luck and the dealer obviously has nothing to do with it, so why should I tip for that?”

The dealer replies, "When you dine in a restaurant do you tip your waiter?" "Yes, of course" says the player. "Well then, I am right” said the dealer “the waiter only serves you the food; even if it’s good or bad, it’s not up to him. Therefore by the same logic, a dealer serves you cards, so you should tip him also." "Okay," says the player, "but a waiter gives me what I want... I'll take a 9 please."

Gambling on Religion
A Priest, a Rabbi, and a Minister are playing blackjack when the police raid their home.

The Police officer turns to the priest and asks: "Father, were you just gambling?"
The priest exclaims, "The Lord does not permit me to gamble, you know that Patrick, you're from my parish!"

The Police officer then turns to the Minister: "Pastor, were you gambling?" The Minister replies, "This is our Sabbath, officer, I would never gamble on the Sabbath!"

The Priest pins the cop with a glare, and he lets it drop. Turning to the Rabbi, sheepishly, the officer ventures to ask: "Rabbi, I don't suppose that you were you gambling?" The Rabbi looks left, looks right, and asks: "Who could I possibly be gambling with?"

Blackjack Tips

Always hit on a soft 17 against a dealer's 10.

Always split 2's and 3's against a 4, 5, or 6.

Always split 7's when the dealer is showing cards of equal or lower value.

Always split Aces and 8's, regardless of what the dealer is showing.

Always stand on 17 or higher.

Do not split face cards, 10's, or 5's.

Don't take insurance unless you are counting cards.

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