Biography of Pontoon

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Blackjack – also known as ‘Chemin de Fer’ and ‘pontoon’ – is a game that is commonly found in a betting house with people trying their luck on achieving the elusive ‘twenty one’. It’s widely believed that the game originated in France through the 17th century. However, as with many other casino games the exact evolution of the game remains a mystery.

Chemin de fer was brought to the US after the French Revolution, but the game didn’t become popular in the gambling dens until the casino offered payouts as a bonus. This was the only way that seemed to get players wagering on twenty-one. One variant on the reward payout was for a player to acquire ‘twenty-one’ with the black jack card (given a value of ten points) and an ace (valued at 11 points). With the expanding popularity of the game the payouts were canceled but the name of the game ‘blackjack’ remained.

Black jack isn’t just about getting a straight ‘twenty one’, but the main challenge is to beat the dealer without busting. The casino obviously has a house edge over the gambling players over the long run, but with twenty-one the player holds on to a bit of choice.

Since 1931 when America initial legitimized betting, chemin de fer has grown into a classic casino card game. Furthermore, it is the blending of both ability and math used in blackjack that has caused the game to be hugely liked. Black jack affords an appealing proposition to any scientist, math guy or wagering player wanting to examine the scheme of the game.

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