The card game of Blackjack, also known as Twenty-One, is commonly believed to have grown out of the popular French game Vingt-et-un. Early nineteenth-century professional gamblers are credited with bringing blackjack, as well as many other parlor games, into gaming’s mainstream by eliminating its air of European elitism. As a result, the game quickly became popular in the United States, especially with those who were out to tame the West. Today, blackjack is a staple of casino gambling and has replaced craps as America’s favorite casino table game.  Learn more »


Craps developed out of the old English game Hazard, which came to America in the early eighteenth century. Hazard proved too tedious for American players, so the rules were altered, after which the game’s popularity soared. Now at least 50 million players annually bet over $200 million on craps. With its exciting and fast play, this game often attracts a huge crowd to watch the action.  Learn more »


Roulette, the oldest casino game still in existence, originated from other wheel games popular during the Middle Ages. It gained widespread popularity in Europe, especially in France during the late eighteenth century. By the early nineteenth century, roulette – which is French for “little wheel” – made it across the Atlantic, introduced to the United States by professional gamblers who adapted many European games to suit American tastes.  Learn more »


Poker can be traced to the early seventeenth century when a variation of the game was played by the Persians in the form of as-nas, a five-card game. French immigrants who had been in the military in Persia introduced poker to nineteenth-century America. Poker then spread throughout the States via riverboat gambling, establishing itself as a national pastime after World War I, when it became one of the Army’s favorite card games. Poker is played by over 65 million Americans who spend well over $100 million a year on the game.  Learn more »

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