Biography of Pontoon
March 4th, 2010 by Annabella
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Black Jack – also known as ‘21′ and ‘pontoon’ – is a game that nowadays is usually seen in a casino with people trying their luck on achieving the elusive ‘twenty-one’. It’s commonly presumed that the game came into existence in France through the 17th century. However, as with most other betting games the precise development of the game is a mystery.

Pontoon was brought to the U.S. following the French Revolution, but the game didn’t become popular in the betting houses until the house provided bonus payouts. This was the only way that appeared to get players wagering on twenty-one. One variation on the bonus 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 increasing popularity of the game the payouts were canceled but the name ‘pontoon’ lasted.

Twenty-one is not just about getting an immediate ‘21′, but the main challenge is to beat the dealer without going ‘bust’. The casino certainly has a house edge over the gambling players in the long run, but with black jack the gambler holds on to an element of choice.

Since nineteen thirty one when the U.S. first legalized betting, blackjack has developed into a quintessential casino card game. Furthermore, it’s the blending of both ability and math employed in black jack that has made the game hugely liked. Blackjack affords an appealing adventure to any scientist, math guy or wagering player wanting to examine the scheme of the game.

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