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A Conversation with a Gambling Wizard!
High Roller Radio speaks to Richard W. Munchkin, a blackjack card counter & author of Gambling Wizards!
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In blackjack, it's an Ace an any combination of a six.
Note: Each game has its own rules about a 'Soft 17' but generally the Dealer Hits!
"Blackjack Fun Facts"
The founder of the World Series of Poker, dared to speculate in 1973, the event would someday have 50 entrants. The 2006 WSOP main even had 8,773 runners.
Did you know?
Blackjack's precursor was twenty-one, a game of unknown origin. The first written reference is found in a book by the Spanish author Miguel de Cervantes, most famous for writing Don Quixote. Cervantes was a gambler, and the main characters of his tale are a couple of cheats working in Seville. They are proficient at cheating at ventiuna (Spanish for twenty-one). The game is played with the Spanish baraja deck, which lacks eights, nines and tens.
(Above) Irishman John O'Shea, a professional poker player and gambler, once wagered $5 million in one year. Can you say swings?
Knowing some interesting facts about poker and blackjack can not only make the games more interesting for veteran players, but can also help new players learn the differences of poker versus blackjack.
Blackjack originated in 18th century France and even Napoleon himself became a huge fan of 'Vingt-et-Un' ('21' in French). The English name 'Blackjack' first originated in America in the 19th century, as casinos offered big payouts to players who got 21 with a jack of spades or clubs. Modern blackjack is actually an individual game played against the dealer only. In order to win, you just have to have a better hand than the dealer. This simplicity makes the game hugely popular, especially online, and a site like VegasMaster can help you find where to play blackjack online.
Poker, on the other hand, is a truly American game which started in New Orleans around 1800 and was originally played with only 20 cards. There are actually dozens of different poker games, but they all have one thing in common – you play against the other players, not the house. This makes poker very different from blackjack, as there are many more ways to win and skill plays a big part of it. Increasingly, online poker rooms are also adding casino games, so if you check out VegasMaster you can find a site with both games and compare them yourself.
There are many different card games out there, but there are two games which are synonymous with casinos everywhere – blackjack and poker. And while both of these games are found in just about every single casino in the world, they are actually very different games with their own rules, histories, advantages, and downsides.