BLACK JACK “The Game Of 21” by: Mildred Pros OnlineCasinoPros.com
In gambling, there are various casino games that are always involved and will never disappear on the list. Other than poker as being the most popular casino card game, next to its popularity is Black Jack, or what they call as the game of “21”. Looking back at the past, Black Jack has been among the royal games during the early times of gambling, as well as a very popular noble game in France. As time goes by, Black Jack had also been introduced in different parts of the world, up to Las Vegas, and almost all the casino establishments worldwide. And as hightechnology continue to make innovations, the game of 21 has now turned into a virtual game, or better known as online black jack.
History Black Jack's real origin is up until now, unknown, and there is no specific origin yet proven by historians. Although there are other claims of the real origin of the game, the most popular is the French origin. The game was played by comparing cards between the player and the dealer played with one or more French cards consisting of 52 deck cards in total. Another popular written reference about the game of black jack is a Spanish book written by a famous writer and author named Miguel de Cervantes, who was also then a gambler. When Black Jack was first introduced in the US, early casino establishments had offered their players with bonuses and different pay outs to attract customers and gamblers to play the game of 21. Since then, Black Jack has remained to be among the most popular card games at casino establishments, as well as today's online casino websites. Mechanics and Rules of The Game The mechanics of the game is easy. The player should be able to beat the dealer's card by having the closest total value than the dealer's hand. The cards are valued through the following: • • •
Ace is counted as 11 or 1, depending on how “hard” or “soft” a hand combination is, making it to not go over 21 or at least close to 21. Cards from 2 up to 9 are valued by their face value. Cards 10, Jack, Queen and King cards are all counted as “10”.
As soon as the player receives two cards at hand, the player has several options to choose from. The following options are as follows: • • •
Hit – Means the player will take a third card from the dealer. Stand – The player will take no more additional or third cards from the dealer. Double Down – This option allows players to double his or her bet up to 100% by having to stand after
getting one more card from the dealer. The additional bet will be placed just beside the original bet. The Double Down is only allowed at the first decision of the player at hand. Split – Enable players to split two cards at hand having the same value. This allows players to play two hands accordingly as well as his/her original bet could be placed outside the betting box of the game table. Surrender – This will is more like of a player accepting defeat from the dealer, making the house to get 50% of the players' original bet. This option is not usually made by most players, as it will just add more percentage to the house advantage while it lowers your chances of winning or having more chips.
Advantage Play Of The Game Like the game of poker, Black Jack is also a game of skill. There are some of the most popular advantage plays of the game of 21, and they are as follows: •
Card Counting – This is a common and popular black jack skill that most players used to beat the game. Card Counting allows players to carefully analyze every dealt cards, having them an option to either to make larger bet, or to turn from their basic strategy. Such skill would increase a players' chance of hitting the right spot and winning more chips as possible. Shuffle Tracking – This skill is applied through tracking group of card dealt within every round, as well as analyzing and following card patterns on the next deal. This skill requires sharp eyesight and visual estimation, as well as peripheral vision.
Black Jack is no doubt another strategy and skill game that everyone should try out other than playing poker. It is a very exciting game that will never disappear from casino establishments, nor online casino websites. Black jack tournaments are always available and that more and more players are beginning to learn and become Black Jack professional before being a pro poker player.
Black Jack is widely played today in most online casino sites. Other than tournament, Black Jack also have a World Tournament where professional Black Jack players had joined to compete. Today, Black Jack still remains famous even at online casino websites or casino establishments.
Published on Jul 11, 2011
Published on Jul 11, 2011
In gambling, there are various casino games that are always involved and will never disappear on the list. Other than poker as being the mos...