Over the years, the game of blackjack has always been a close competition of poker in terms of popularity. As a matter of fact, a lot of offline casinos highlighted the game more than poker. Some of the casinos in the recent past came to the point of closing their poker rooms because there was not much traffic in them.
With the onset of televised poker events, such as the World Poker Tour, and the World Series of Poker, specifically, rich in famous players and an excellent prize given to the champions of the event, the popularity of poker has grown in proportions.
While the game of Blackjack was still very popular, the game was definitely surpassed by the many high-caliber tournaments of poker. That scenario has now changed. Thanks to the Ultimate Blackjack Tour which could now be right on the tail of the popularity of the World Series of Poker, which will showcase not only the world's top players of blackjack but championship-caliber players of poker too.
While the basic rule in blackjack is very basic; card values are combined in an effort to total twenty one, without exceeding, the game is not based on pure chance, as there are a lot of techniques that can be used to enhance the odds of winning in blackjack.
Even though different card games identical to what is now the game of Blackjack had been in existence in other nations for many years, the game of Blackjack was very much absent until a few years before World War I. Played as an exclusive game until sometime in 1915, the game was famous for its French name "Vingt-Un, which literally means twenty one. It was changed into Blackjack when casinos introduced additional payments if the initial two cards of a player consisted of a Black Jack (spades or clubs) together with an Ace of Spade.
During the early 1930s, Blackjack grew in popularity among casino gamblers to the extent that it is now ranked as the third most favorite casino game, next to Roulette and Craps. Right before the conclusion of the Second World War, Blackjack continued to rise in popularity making it the second most popular after Craps, which is largely due to the come backing American soldiers playing the game on a regular basis as a diversion from the discords of those years. At the onset of the 1950s, Blackjack became the top card game in the United States.
The game of Blackjack has changed in the casinos, now possessing a "black" Jack and an Ace of Spades is not the only way to get a Blackjack. Presently, any card with a value of ten (ten and face cards), or any shade of Ace makes a Blackjack.
The game of Blackjack was extremely famous in the prohibited casinos as well as card rooms in the United States, but the game reached its pinnacle when Nevada legitimated gambling within the state in the year 1931. Since then, Blackjack was played by both residents and tourists, so can the expert gamblers who were once limited to illegal play.