Monday, February 25, 2013

Aces Casino "College Of Casino Game Knowledge:" Blackjack, and the Cheaters That Made It Famous


Here at Aces Casino, the company widely recognized as the top orange county casino party company in southern California, we tend to get a lot of inquisitive clients that ask a LOT of GREAT questions concerning the casino party industry in general, and certain casino-based games in particular.  Heck, where do you think we get most of our material for our informatively irreverent Aces Casino Blog?  (We love our clients!)

Recently, our Aces Casino team had an event out at the campus of the University of Southern California (U.S.C., for short), where we ran into some very intelligent and VERY inquisitive students from the fraternity of Lambda Chi Alpha. Curiosity and intelligence run rampant here as well at the orange county casino night leaders known as Aces Casino, so the inquiries from USC got us thinking -- Maybe it's time to share some information as to just where some of our favorite casino games came to be.  POOF!  Blog article!

So, courtesy of the top orange county casino party company in SoCal, here are some amazing, amusing and confusing historical facts about our last historical origin entry in the Aces Casino Entertainment "Big Three" games supplied by our company on a regular basis -- Blackjack!

The History of BLACKJACK - The Aces Casino Way


OK, before we print this, it's your job to guess what country is credited with creating this staple of our orange county casino party gaming system.  Go ahead, we'll wait.....

OK, time's up. If you guessed Spain, give yourself one point.


Blackjack's precursor was twenty-one, a game of unknown origin. The first written reference is found in a book by the Spanish author Miguel De Cervantes, who is most famous for writing Don Quixote. Cervantes was a gambler, and the main characters of his tale Rinconete y Cortadillo are a couple of cheats working in the city of Seville. They are proficient at cheating at ventiuna (Spanish for twenty-one), and state that the object of the game is to reach 21 points without going over and that the “ace” values 1 or 11. The game is played with a Spanish deck which lacks eights, nines and tens. This short story was written between 1601 and 1602, implying that ventiuna was played in the city of Castilla since the beginning of the 17th Century or earlier. Later references to this game are found in France and Spain.  Great, a bunch of cheaters did the deed on this game.  Figures.
It appears that the origin of CHEATING goes back a long way, also.

 Well, so much for our three-part series on the historical origins of our three favorite games - Blackjack, Craps and Roulette.  If you missed any of the earlier entries into our "parakeet paper blog," just go to the blog "history" section, and look 'em up.  Don't cheat like those old Spaniards did, though.  That's all for now.. We'll be back on Thursday to close out February with a bang with another "scintillating" blog post.  Take care, and we'll see you then!

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