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Why is Blackjack Called Blackjack?

Last updated: August 3, 2016 at 9:46 am. Posted by in Gaming, Las Vegas Casinos, Things to Do in Las Vegas. Comments Off on Why is Blackjack Called Blackjack?.

Blackjack is one of the most widely played casino games so you’d think this question would’ve come up sooner, but we just realized we have no idea where the game got its name.

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Here’s the scoop: When the game of “21” was introduced to the U.S., gambling establishments offered bonus payouts to promote the game. One of those bonuses involved a special, 10-to-1 bonus if the player’s hand ended up being an ace of spades in addition to a “black jack,” or a jack of spades or clubs.

While the bonus went away, the name given to this particular combination of cards stuck and eventually became the name for the most popular casino card game in the world, “blackjack.”

Now you know!

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