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BETA   •   THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22ND, 2020

BlackJack – 21 Game Facts & Interesting Casino Trivia

September 7 Sandra Wong
  • The life in cards: 4 suits, 4 seasons. 13 cards of each suit, 13 lunar cycles. 52 cards, 52 weeks in a year.
  • Chances of getting a natural 21, or blackjack, is around 4.8% depending on how many decks are used.
  • The card dispenser used at many blackjack tables is called a “shoe.” That’s because early versions of the device looked like a woman’s high heel shoe.
  • When cards are dealt from a shoe, two cut cards are used. One card denotes it’s time to shuffle. The other card ensures the last card in the shoe can’t be seen by players. Cards between the two cut cards are called the “plug.”
  • Dealer with a soft 17: When a dealer stands, he will bust about 29.1% of the time. When the dealer hits on a soft 17, the dealer will bust about 29.6% of the time.
  • The probability of a four wins in a row is 0.46364 = 4.62%.
  • Basic strategy says you should always split aces, no matter what the dealer upcard is.
  • Basic strategy says you should always split aces, no matter what the dealer upcard is.
  • If you get called a George in a casino, consider it a compliment! You are a great tipper, so dealers will love dealing to you. You do not have to be a big money player to be considered a George. You just have to tip well!
  • Eleanore Dumont (aka Madame Moustache) was the first professional blackjack player in America.
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