Springbok Casino Spotlight – BlackJack |

June 24, 2016 admin

BlackJack at Springbok CasinoBlackjack, also known simply as 21, is the most widely played casino banking game in the world! It is a relatively simple and easy game to play and players all around the globe enjoy it, including the loyal customers at Springbok Casino. The casino offers many variations of this classic table game and they even offer some insight and external resources on the origins and strategies of the game!

Where did Blackjack come from?

It is universally unknown where the game of Blackjack comes from. It is derived from the game 21, which came before it but also has no definitive origin. It is speculated that it originated in France. The first written reference to the game is in a novel written in the early 1600s by Miguel de Cervantes, who penned Don Quixote. One can then infer that 21 started to gain popularity around the 17th century and then later found its way to casinos all over the world. There were some big players associated with Blackjack as it spread across the globe, such as:

  • Edward Thorp, a mathematical genius who was the first person to use a computer program for gambling purposes. He wrote a book about applying math to beat the house in Blackjack.
  • Stanford Wong, responsible for the “Wonging strategy”, in which the player enters the game only when the odds are in the players favour, and leaves as soon as the odds are against them
  • Ken Uston, also a mathematical genius who was eventually banned from casinos because he was so strategic and beat the house on multiple occasions

How is Blackjack played?

The basic goal of Blackjack is to reach a card total of 21 and it is played only between the player and the dealer. Two cards are dealt to each player and the player then can decide if they want to draw cards or not to bring their total closer to 21. Number cards have the number value that is on the card, the face cards (King, Queen, Jack) have a value of 10, and Ace cards have a value of either 11 or 1. In order to win, the player must accumulate a hand of cards that is higher in value than the dealer’s without going over 21. If the player goes over 21, then the hand is a bust and the player loses that round.

There are typically a few moves the player can make during a turn:

  • Hit: the player is dealt another card from the dealer
  • Double down: double the bet, take one card and finish
  • Stand: skip your turn to take a card
  • Surrender: give up half your bet to the dealer and retire
  • Split: if the player has two of the same cards, they can be split to make two separate hands

These moves are signalled to the dealer with different hand signals. A push/standoff is when there is a tie in the scores, in which the original bets are returned to each player. A Blackjack beats any hand, and if two players have a Blackjack, the payout is 1:1; if only one player has this hand then the payout is 3:2!  

Are there any strategies for winning at Blackjack?

In one word: yes! There are numerous strategies that aim to increase the player’s chances of winning over the house’s chances. Like many things, strategies need practice over time in order to be perfected and implemented.

  1. Composition-dependent Strategy: players try to improve their hand and use what they have to their full potential rather than concentrate on just the point total
  2. Card counting: This is considered an advantage play because it allows the player to have long term play advantages throughout the game by keeping track of and inferring from previously dealt cards
  3. Shuffle Tracking: this strategy involves keeping track of the different groups of cards, which allows the players to bet and play accordingly.

We don’t really know if there are any Blackjack masters out there, but there are many people who have perfected certain strategies and know how to tip the odds in their favour. Card counting has become the primary strategy for Blackjack players, and it is also the most famous and popular strategy even to people who aren’t familiar with the game.

Blackjack Games at Springbok

Springbok offers many variations of Blackjack to their players, including Standard Blackjack, Pontoon, Super 21, Match Play 21, European Blackjack, and Perfect Pairs, one of Springbok’s top played games! Some of these games even have a lucrative progressive jackpot waiting in the wings, an unusual twist to the classic Blackjack game. Dozens of variations exist and players can test their hand at each one to see if they acquire a favourite, or they can stick with the original system to see why the game is universally beloved by people everywhere!