Roulette is known to have been invented by Blaise Pascal in 1645, and Charles Frey is credited with inventing slot machines. However, it is not known for sure who invented blackjack. What we can explain is that Miguel Cervantes’s book  Novelas Ejemplares refers to the game of 21. So we know that at least blackjack has been played since the 16th century.

How Many Decks Do You Play Blackjack With?

In order to play blackjack, a minimum of one deck and a maximum of eight decks are used. Each deck has 52 cards. Wilds are not part of the game. It will depend on the version of blackjack you use more or less decks.

We remember that the goal of Blacjack is to get 21 points or get as close to this number as possible.  In case of obtaining more than 21 points, the game is automatically lost. So whoever gets 21 points or less wins. It is important to mention that in blackjack the player only measures the dealer, not other players. What happens if the dealer scores more than 21 points? If his hand is higher than 21, the player wins the game, as long as he has not exceeded 21 points.

Card Scores

  • The Ace can be worth 1 or 11 points.
  • Reyes (K), Queens (Q) and Jotas (J): 10 points
  • From 2 to 10: its face value:

Can The Cards Be Counted?

The first thing any player who wants to have a good time playing 21 should know is that counting is not allowed. In face-to-face casinos this practice can be carried out, although in reality it is complicated, since memorizing all the cards that come out is not an easy task, especially when using several decks. And if they discover you, they will automatically expel you and never allow you entry again. In online casinos counting is impossible, since everything is automated.

How Many Decks Do You Play Blackjack With?

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