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Blackjack History

The French Connection

The closest historical cousin to blackjack is the French game Vingt-et-Un — which, as anyone who took the language in high school will note, translates to “twenty one.” Vingt-et-Un was the most popular in a family of related games which included Chemin de Fer and French Ferme. Like a lot of French culture at the time, Vingt-et-Un became popular among Americans during the 18th century and was soon Anglicized and imported overseas. By the time gambling was legalized in Nevada in 1931, “twenty one” was one of the most popular games in the country.

Spanish Roots

There is also some evidence to suggest that, prior to its popularity in France, a precursor to blackjack was invented and popularized in Spain. Miguel de Cervantes, the famous Spanish author of Don Quixote, mentions a game called veintiuno (“twenty one”) in his 1613 novella Rinconete y Cortadillo. Aside from that, blackjack as we know it bears some similarities to the old Spanish game treinta y uno (“thirty one”), which is played with three cards instead of two.

Blackjack in the 21st Century and Beyond

While scholars have difficulty agreeing on the historical origins of blackjack, visit the Dover Downs Hotel & Casino Online gaming portal today for a glimpse at the game’s future. We are one of the few casinos in the U.S. to offer legal blackjack online — if you are over 21 and inside Delaware state lines, you can now play online for a chance to win money.

Playing blackjack online at the Dover Downs Hotel & Casino Online is fun and convenient — the game is the same, the payouts are real, but the experience is entirely virtual. When you play blackjack online at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino Online, you have all the same play options as you normally would when gaming in person. You will need to be 21 years of age, located in Delaware, and have access to a computer running Windows XP or higher, or an Apple device running iOS. Additionally, a cell phone from one of the major US carriers that accepts text messages is required to verify you are located in Delaware.