Skip to content


Recorded History of Pontoon

[ English ]

Blackjack – also referred to as ‘twenty one’ and ‘pontoon’ – is a card game that is usually found in a casino with people trying their luck on achieving the elusive ‘twenty-one’. It’s widely presumed that the game originated in France around the 1600’s. However, as with most other casino games the exact development of the game remains a mystery.

Blackjack was introduced to the U.S. after the French Revolution, but the game didn’t become favored in the gambling dens until the house offered bonus payouts. This was the only way that appeared to get people betting on chemin de fer. One variation on the bonus payment was for a gambler to acquire ‘twenty-one’ with the black jack card (given a value of 10 points) and an ace (valued at 11 points). With the increasing appeal of the game the payouts were canceled but the name ‘blackjack’ remained.

Twenty-one is not simply about getting an immediate ‘twenty-one’, but the main challenge is to defeat the croupier without busting. The betting house clearly has a house edge over the gambling players in the long run, but with pontoon the player holds on to a bit of choice.

Since nineteen thirty one when the U.S. first legitimized betting, pontoon has grown into a traditional casino card game. Furthermore, it is the combination of both ability and mathematics used in blackjack that has made the game hugely popular. Black jack gives an attractive proposition to any academic, math guy or wagering player looking to research the strategy of the game.

Posted in Blackjack.

0 Responses

Stay in touch with the conversation, subscribe to the RSS feed for comments on this post.

You must be logged in to post a comment.