The origins of blackjack are not entirely certain. The game was originally known as “21” and was first cited in a short story by Miguel de Cervantes in the early 1600s. It became popular among French aristocracy in the 18th century and was played in casinos and parlors throughout Europe. French colonists brought the game to America.
Today, blackjack is one of the most popular card games at online casinos. Unlike poker, where you play against other opponents, in blackjack, you play only against the dealer or the house. The game is generally played with a typical deck of 52 cards, although some variations may use multiple decks.
The objective of blackjack has remained the same, despite evolutions to how the game is played: your goal is to reach a total of 21 or as close as possible without going over and with a higher hand than the dealer. If the dealer’s hand goes over 21, they lose the game, and the same goes for you.