Blackjack is now one of the most popular casino games. Wherever you may be playing, be it in the US, in Asia, in Europe or Australia, almost every casino offers blackjack as one of their casino games.
Some sources say that blackjack was introduced in France in the 1700's. It originated from a French game vingt-et-un, which means twenty-one. This is the reason that blackjack was also called the game "twenty-one." At that time, blackjack doesn't offer a three to two bonus when a player's hand has a twenty-one consisting of two cards.
How did blackjack become so popular? When it was first introduced in the gambling houses in the United States, blackjack doesn't have this popularity. In fact very few people wanted to try the new game.
To attract more players to bet in the blackjack tables, managers and owners of gambling houses thought of ways to give bonus payouts to the winners. An example of the blackjack bonus the came up with is a ten to one payout when the player gets an ace of spades and a black jack. The black jacks are the jack of spades and the jack of clubs. This is how the game got its name "blackjack."
The game continued to be known as blackjack even if the ten to one bonus payouts are no longer offered. Also, in the current blackjack rules, it's no longer necessary to get an ace of clubs and a black card or a jack to get a "blackjack." Now, any ace card and any of the tens, jacks, queens and kings can give a blackjack.
Blackjack became popular because of its three to two payout. If the players get a blackjack, they automatically win. On the other hand, if the players did not get a blackjack, they can still win as long as they beat the dealer.
In blackjack, the players can beat the dealer by having the sum of the cards on their hand higher than that of the dealers. Blackjack players just have to be careful not to get a sum of over twenty-one since this will give a bust and will make them lose, unless the dealer also gets a bust.
Another beauty in blackjack is that a player only has to beat the dealer. Players don't have to beat one another. Which is why in blackjack, it's not important if other players can see your cards.
No wonder, with its simplicity and with giving the players a good advantage, black jack became popular in many gambling houses and casinos.