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History of Blackjack

Blackjack is one of the oldest and most loved card games in the world but the exact origins are still unknown. However some people believe that this game (or at least a very similar variation) has been around for several hundred years. It was only after it was introduced into the US when the popularity of this fast paced card game increased ten-fold.

Many different versions of blackjack have been developed over the years and this is often a game that is referred to quite simply as '21', because of the nature of the rules. Blackjack first appeared online in the mid-1990s and it can now be found in almost every online casino today.

How to Play Blackjack

The total value of your cards have to add up to 21 or as close to 21 as possible. Each card is worth its face value and the Ace is worth either 11 points or just 1 point. The King, Queen and Jack are each worth ten points, so if you are dealt a King and an Ace, you would have the best starting hand worth 21 (Ace + 10).

The game can end up in a tie if the dealer has the same (or similar) hand to you that adds up to 21. You will both start the game with two cards and then it is up to you to try and make it as close to 21 as possible by either choosing to 'Hit' (take another card) or 'Stand' (keep the hand you have). As soon as you have made the decision to stand you will then get to see the dealers hand and learn if you have won or not.

Strategy for Blackjack

There is a thing called basic strategy, but this takes a little bit of learning and has actually been proven to reduce the edge that the house has over you, providing you stick to it. There is nothing stopping you from using this blackjack strategy when you are at home playing blackjack from your computer. The best thing to do would be to carry out some research into blackjack strategy because the more you look into it, the more complicated it seems to become. It is basically about making sensible moves based on what you have in your hand and based on what the dealers face up card is.

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