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National Blackjack Day

10 Fun Facts About Blackjack That Will Surprise You


On March 2nd American players celebrated National Blackjack Day. This day celebrates the traditional 3:2 return when a player is dealt a natural blackjack. In honor of one of the most popular casino games, we discovered some fun facts about the game. Even though many people enjoy playing blackjack in land-based and online casinos, most players are not aware of the unique factors surrounding the game.

Below you will find a list of fun trivia facts about the popular card game.

Fascinating Facts About Blackjack You Didn’t Know

Blackjack is an all-time classic and favorite casino game among players around the world. There’s a lot to learn about this fun card-turning pastime. These fun facts will surprise new players and amuse seasoned players.

  1.       French Name Vingt-et-Un

Some people don’t know this, but blackjack was named after a French term “Vingt-et-Un“, which means 21. When players first started enjoying the game, a payout of 10 to 1 would be given if a hand had a blackjack. The name stayed and is what the game is known for today.

  1.       The Peeper

If you play blackjack in a land-based casino, you might be surprised to find that the dealer will have something called a Peeper on the table. The Peeper is a small mirror that allows the dealer to check their hole card without revealing the card to the player.

  1.       The Shoe

The card dispenser used in the game of blackjack is known as a shoe. The reason the shoe is called this is that when it was first created, it looked like a high-heeled shoe a woman would wear.

  1.       Father of Card Counting

Edward Thorp is considered the Father of Card Counting, the author of a book titled, “Beat the Dealer”. The book details the mathematical aspects of blackjack and how methods can be applied to the game. The method can be used by advanced players to beat the casino.

  1.       Snapper

The word snapper is another name for a natural blackjack. A natural blackjack is an ace and face card. The term was created based on the way players acted when they got a blackjack in the early days. Players would snap their cards down when earning a blackjack, thus snapper was born!

  1. Ben Affleck and Card Counting

One of the most famous celebrity gamblers in the world is Ben Affleck. Due to his card counting skills, the actor was banned from playing blackjack at the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas when he started winning too much. Affleck has admitted to being an experienced card counter and several other casinos around the world have banned him.

  1.       Blackjack Hall of Fame

In San Diego, the Barona Casino is home to the Blackjack Hall of Fame. The casino provides free rooms, food, and drinks for life when inducted. The only catch is that players agree to not play at the blackjack tables of the casino!

  1.       The Real Objective of The Game

Most players of the game think that the goal is to get as close to 21 without going over. However, the actual object is to beat the dealer. Thinking in the manner of getting as close to 21 as you can without going over can affect strategies in gameplay.

  1. The National Blackjack Day Project

National Blackjack Day is an actual project. It was created by a couple of Vegas bloggers to highlight their favorite casino game of all time, but also to bring attention to the declining amount of 3:2 payout tables at Las Vegas casinos. Use the hashtag #BlackjackDay to join your support during March 2nd every year.

  1. Why March 2nd?

The main reason behind National Blackjack Day is to shine a light on the declining amount of 3:2 payout tables. With this in mind, it made sense to use these numbers to make March 2nd the official blackjack day.

Mark Your Calendar for National Blackjack Day!

Now that you know that there’s such a thing as National Blackjack Day, be sure to save the date on your calendar. Remember to take some time on this day to play some of your favorite blackjack games, whether it’s at a land-based or online casino.

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