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As 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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