History of Blackjack

The origins of the casino game of blackjack can be traced back over 300 years. During this time it has always been popular and continues to be a favourite with players on online casino sites like www.ladbrokes.com. It has an interesting history as the game has attracted a lot of attention over the years. The game was first studied in detail in 1953 by Roger Baldwin who published a mathematical theory on how to reduce the house edge when playing blackjack. Although well received it was a more advanced study by Prof Edward O Thorp in 1962 that really caught the public’s attention. This new strategy for playing blackjack was published in a book titled ‘Beat the Dealer’. By 1963 the book was top of the New York Times bestseller list and the strategies in it were being avidly read by players. The impact of its success was so huge that US casinos nationwide took action to reduce the losses they were expecting. They soon implemented changes to the blackjack rules for games played in their houses. In fact, the rules in the book were quite complicated to understand, particularly for new players, so were actually not that helpful to most people. What it did do is raise the profile of the game and it became even more popular than it had been before. The casinos eventually realised the threat to them was minimal and after a huge public outcry on the subject they reversed the rule changes and went back to the original way of playing blackjack. Since then there have been further books published with new theories and numerous strategies and tips being widely available online to help players improve their game. Today it continues to be popular around the world and is regularly enjoyed by millions.

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