Black Jack Throughout Time

Black jack is one of the most fun and enjoyable games to play. This is because black jack is very fast paced compared to poker. Also everyone who can add numbers up can enjoy playing black jack.

But where exactly did this fun game of black jack come from? This article will hope to shed some light on the long and storied history of black jack.

It was believed that the oldest accounts of gambling occurred around 2300 B.C. in China. It is also believed that during 900 B.C. the Chinese started playing card games. But we have to thank the French for revolutionizing the standard 52 deck of cards we use today. Can you imagine yourself playing card games with those complex Chinese characters?

It was also the French that brought the game of black jack to the world.

The origin of black jack has been long argued upon by black jack fanatics. Many believe that the game first started to be played during the 18th century in France and evolved from such games like French Ferme and Chemin de Fer. Other historians believe that the game originated from the French casinos sometie in the 17th century from the game called "vingt-et-un" or 21 in English.

No one knows for sure the exact origin of black jack. What historians do agree upon is where the name black jack comes from. It comes from an Afro-American guy playing card games with another guy named Jack. Hence the name Black Jack (just kidding).

All jokes aside, the name black jack came from an early bet that pays 10:1 if the first two cards of the player were a Jack and Ace of Spades.

Black jack reached America during the earlier stages of the 19th century. The game was mainly played back then in the American West. Black jack became popular in America because of its flexibility and freedom.

Back then gambling was flourishing and provided a fine ground for black jack to become more popular. But the U.S. government later on saw that uncontrolled gambling lead to corruption and organized crime.

In 1910 gambling was outlawed and the situation got far worse than when the government didn't do a thing. Eventually to prevent things from getting far worse, gambling was legalized with rules that protected players and created overseeing bodies of the government.

When Las Vegas was reborn, black jack caught on like wild fire. This is because it caught the attention and imagination of the U.S. population at that time. And now black jack has become one of the pillars of casino establishments through out the world.


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