What does Don Quixote have to do with blackjack?

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Although blackjack is a card game of unknown origin and with an English name, it seems to have Spanish roots. We tell you what El Quijote has to do with blackjack.

It's funny, but today the whole world knows this game by its name in English. Perhaps because its success was due to the popularity it acquired in the United States in the mid-nineteenth century.

However, although we are not very clear about the origin of blackjack, we do know that the first reference on paper is included in a work by the author of Don Quixote. Specifically in the work called "Rinconete y Cortadillo", written by Miguel de Cervantes around 1613.

In it, reference is made to two cheaters who live as best they can in Seville playing blackjack. Twenty one? Historians believe that blackjack is the game that preceded blackjack. Of course, there are theories for a while and some even point to the fact that variants of blackjack were already played in Ancient Rome.

In fact, even today it is still known in some areas as blackjack. Although, all said, in casinos all players refer to it as blackjack.

The popularization of blackjack

Already in the first half of the 19th century, this game of chance reached American lands thanks to the French colonists.

Thus, in 1820 there is evidence that it was played (and legally) in the state of Louisiana. Specifically, in the city of New Orleans.

It was there that players made the game increasingly popular. And already in the twentieth century it acquired the name we know today: blackjack.

But not only did the name change, so did the rules of the game. Modified rules of the game that are used today. One of the most prominent modifications today is blackjack insurance.

What is blackjack insurance? The dealer deals cards to the players. The goal is to get as close as possible to 21 or equal that figure, but always without going overboard.

If the player checks, they have lost the game. Even if the dealer does too. Now, if the dealer draws an ace, which adds up to 11 points, players have the option of requesting this insurance to minimize their losses. Since, in that case, by rolling a 10, J, Q or K the dealer would be doing blackjack.


It's a rule that novice players especially don't know about, and it could put the odds in your favor in the long run. Of course, remember that you will have to ask for this insurance before the dealer knows his play. That is, before you see the card that you have yet to show.

In any case, since there are many variants of blackjack, we must inform ourselves of the rules of each of them before making any play.

This was not the only modification, but it was one of the most striking (and also unknown).

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