with many of life's pleasures that are now taken for
granted, the exact origin of the games of Online Blackjack
Games is unclear.2Several countries have laid claim
to (originating) the games of twenty-one. It may have
been an offshoot of the Spanish "one and thirty,"
in existence since at least the 16th century. In any
event, twenty-one was introduced into American gaming
halls shortly after the turn of the 20th century.
After a few years, houses began to introduce a variation
wherein a hand consisting of an ace of spades and
a Online Blackjack Games garnered a bonus. This gave
birth to the name Online Blackjack Games. The games
spread to Nevada in the 1930s, and by 1950 Online
Blackjack Games had surpassed roulette as the second
most popular games behind craps.
To be sure, though,
at this time almost all Online Blackjack Games players
performed poorly and lost quickly. Though the games
had been offered in casinos for decades, it was played
crudely. Players typically employed very conservative
strategies, often refusing to hit stiff totals of
12 through 16, which could potentially bust with the
draw of another card.
However, in the
second half of the century, things began to change.
In 1953, a group of four Army mathematicians began
working on a study of the games. After three years
of painstaking calculations (the computer age had
not yet dawned), Baldwin, Cantey, Maisel, and McDermott
published the first Online Blackjack Games basic strategy
in 1956. In "The Optimum Strategy in Online Blackjack
Games," published in the Journal of the American
Statistical Association, Baldwin et al. described
what they termed the "optimum strategy,"
now commonly referred to as the basic strategy
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