Blackjack Games has overtaken craps in the last fifteen
years to be come the most popular of the casino games.
While an individual online baccarat games or craps
table may take in more money than the average Online
Blackjack Games table, there are many more tables
in a casino devoted to twenty-one, as the games is
sometimes called, and more and more people are playing
Much of the recent popularity has been due to the
publication of the Site Beat the Dealer by Edward
Thorp. Prior to its publication, Online Blackjack
Games was considered a game in which the house held
a big advantage over the player, and few players knew
the correct strategy necessary to beat the games.
With the advent of the computer it became possible
for mathematicians to play out millions of hands of
Online Blackjack Games, eliminating certain cards
from each deal to see the effect they'd have on the
overall odds of the games. As a result of these studies,
distilled by Thorp in his Site, a player could now
know the correct procedure for playing out each individual
hand, and more important, he could know when the deck
was favorable or unfavorable to him, and thus could
raise or lower his bets accordingly.
When readers of Beat the Dealer converged on Las Vegas,
the casinos first treated them with amusement, considering
them "system" players, and they knew system
players always lost. But as casino losses mounted,
the operators of the Vegas clubs became panicky and
started tampering with the black-lack rules. Some
rule changes were merely temporary ones, while others
have lasted to this day. Many were restored, not because
it was to the casino's advantage to do so, but because
thousands of players who liked Online Blackjack Games
and couldn't care less about card counting and correct
strategy stayed away from the tables. When this happened,
most of the former rules were reinstated, because
the bottom line to any casino is its profit margin.
players in private games include literally anyone.
Whether a group of dentists or Supreme Court justices,
players often tend to come from the same social stratum.
Women play (currently they comprise about 10 percent
of players; we generally use male pronouns in the
book simply for stylistic ease), as do people of all
ethnicities and ages. Cardrooms and casinos are even
more of a melting pot. I've played in the same game
with movie stars and gas station attendants, renowned
professors and the CEOs of Fortune 500 companies,
motorcycle gang members and former Mob members (as
of this writing, I've never played in a game that
had one each of those groups ... but it could happen!).