12 Apr 10

Black Jack – also referred to as ‘Chemin de Fer’ and ‘pontoon’ – is a game that is commonly seen in a casino with players attempting their luck on acquiring the elusive ‘twenty one’. It’s widely presumed that the game came into existence in France around the 17th century. However, as with most other casino games the exact development of the game is still a mystery.

Black jack was brought to the States following the French Revolution, but the game did not become favored in the gambling dens until the casino offered payouts as a bonus. This was the only method that seemed to get people betting on twenty-one. One variant on the bonus payout was for a player to make ‘twenty-one’ with the black jack card (valued at 10 points) and an ace (given a value of eleven points). With the expanding appeal of the game the bonus pay outs were canceled but the name ‘blackjack’ remained.

Blackjack isn’t simply about getting a straight ‘twenty one’, but the main adventure is to beat the croupier without busting. The betting house clearly has a house edge over the gambling players in the long term, but with blackjack the gambler retains a bit of choice.

Since 1931 when America initial approved gambling, twenty-one has grown into a classic betting house card game. Furthermore, it is the joining of both ability and mathematics employed in twenty-one that has caused the game to be massively liked. Chemin de fer gives an alluring adventure to any scientist, math guy or gambling player looking to examine the tactic of the game.

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