The actual birthplace of Blackjack is somewhat hazy, but it is thought
to have probably stemmed from such French games such as "chemin de fer" and "French
Ferme". Some claim Blackjack originated in French casinos in the early
1700s where it was called "vingt-et-un" ("twenty-and-one"). It has been
played in the U.S. since the 1800's.
The game was christened 'Blackjack' because if a player held a Jack
of Spades and an Ace of Spades as the first two cards, the player was
paid out extra. So with Spades being black and Jack being a vital card
- Blackjack was born!
Gambling was legal out West from the 1850's to 1910, at which time Nevada
made it a felony to operate a gambling game. In 1931, Nevada re-legalized
casino gambling where BlackJack became one of the primary games of chance
offered to gamblers. As some of you may recall, 1978 was the year casino
gambling was legalized in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
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