One of the most popular among the various casino gambling games that have evolved over centuries is the blackjack, also popularly referred to as 21. the blackjack is a card game which originated around 1700 when they made their inaugural appearances in the French casinos. In case of casino gambling games, it has been noticed that while some games involve the use of intelligence and skill, some others are totally ruled by luck and chance factors. But the blackjack is one game which has the distinction of possessing the superb mix of both skill and chance. With the progress of time, blackjack is one game which has greatly become popular and is played with equal ease even today at casinos.
The name ‘blackjack’ too has a short history which can be related to the period when the game was initially introduced in the United States . The mode of playing blackjack is quite simple and interesting. Each card has a certain valuation attached to it. For example, the face cards i.e. jack, king and queen are valued at 10 and all the cards from 2 to 10 retain their own face values. The value of the ace is 11. It is to be remembered that in this game the winner needs to have a winning hand which totals the highest though the total cannot exceed 21. Therefore, in cases the value of the ace as 11 makes the total exceeding 21, the value of the ace is reduced to 1. In times when the hand exceeds a value over 21, it is referred to as ‘bust’.
The main aim of the player in course of the game is to overcome the dealer who acquires the hand with the highest total, without a bust. It is also to be borne in mind by the player that in case the dealer busts and so does the player, the player will be the defeated one and not the dealer. There are also some situations while the game of blackjack is on that both the dealer and the player are tied at the same point value. Under such circumstances, the term used is ‘push’ and here nobody emerges a winner. It is also to be remembered in case of a game of blackjack in a casino that a dealer usually plays with several sets of players consecutively and therefore while the player can emerge winner in a round, it is possible for the dealer to emerge victorious against any other player in course of the same round.