Chemin de Fer Lessons

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Chemin de Fer is one of the more well-known games wagered on in betting houses. Black jack is also referred to as 21 or "pontoon." The game is a combination of chance and ability combined with choices. The game has adapted over a period of time. Players have specialized in specific skills like "card counting," with which they shift the odds of the game in their direction. The card game has been around since the 18th century. References can be found in historical scriptures to a card game known as "vingt-et-un," which means twenty one in French, and is deemed as the precursor to blackjack.

The card game was originally not very popular in the US. This led to the betting houses trying various things like providing a bonus like a 10-to-1 payout, if the player had an ace of spades and a black jack. The jack could be either the jack of clubs or spades. After the game became well-known, the bonus payout soon vanished from the rules.

Any hand which achieves a total of 21 is considered a winner. The total should not exceed twenty one, in which case the hand is considered to be "bust." The aim of every player is to best the casino. If both the player and the casino have the identical score, it’s called "push," with neither the black jack player nor the house winning the hand.

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