Blackjack History – The Origins
Blackjack history began in 1440 when it was referred to by a French priest, the name of the game was Trente-un. (Thirty-one). By 1570 it was mentioned in the text of the famous French author Miguel de Cervantes who went on to write Don Quixote. The rules of “thirty-one” were not written for preserve but it was probably a game in which the score of the winning hand equated to 31.
Because the game was so simple there were many early variations of early card scoring games in France and Spain. The concept of a card game using a deck where the next card drawn would have a low probability of the player hitting a the target score and a high probability of not reaching it was exciting. Do you take another card and go past the target score or stick win with highest hand.