from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A leather-covered bludgeon with a short, flexible shaft or strap, used as a hand weapon.
- n. The blackjack oak.
- n. Games A card game in which the object is to accumulate cards with a higher count than that of the dealer but not exceeding 21. Also called twenty-one, vingt-et-un.
- n. Sphalerite.
- transitive v. To hit or beat with a leather-covered bludgeon.
- transitive v. To coerce by threats.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A common gambling card game in casinos, where the object is to get as close to 21 without going over.
- n. A hand in the game of blackjack consisting of a face card and an ace.
- n. The flag (i.e., a jack) traditionally flown by pirate ships; popularly thought to be a white skull and crossed bones on a black field (the Jolly Roger). In older literature sometimes spelled "black jack".
- n. a small, flat, blunt, usually leather-covered instrument loaded with heavy material such as lead or ball bearings.
- n. a type of weed, Bidens pilosa, in the family Compositae.
- v. To strike with a blackjack or similar weapon.
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- v. exert pressure on someone through threats
- n. a flag usually bearing a white skull and crossbones on a black background; indicates a pirate ship
- n. a gambling game using cards; the object is to hold cards having a higher count than those dealt to the banker up to but not exceeding 21
- n. a piece of metal covered by leather with a flexible handle; used for hitting people
- n. a common scrubby deciduous tree of central and southeastern United States having dark bark and broad three-lobed (club-shaped) leaves; tends to form dense thickets
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Interestingly, the author initially gained fame/notoriety for popularizing the team play concept in blackjack, making quite a score, getting banned in some casinos …
I think you double down in blackjack when your cards are pretty good, right?
Just like in blackjack, sometimes you stand on 14 instead of yelling like a fool “HIT ME!”
While blackjack is okay (see here) and we had fun writing about the Caesars Palace sportsbook (see here), that stuff gets old fast for me.
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But the name blackjack didn't appear until the early 20th century.
Critics of the gaming industry would rather call blackjack, roulettes, and other games in the casinos as part of the gaming industry and not gambling industry because they want to let the people believe that the probabilities of winning is not based on chances or some sort of lady luck but on the mathematical statistics of every move.
Lawmakers bashed Barclays, one of the largest british retail banks and one of the world's largest investment banks, for allegedly not lending enough to small businesses; overpaying its employees; engaging in risky "blackjack"-like trading activities; skimping on dividend payouts; dodging British taxes; being insufficiently transparent; and even for supposedly freezing Jewish customers' bank accounts during World War II.
As of last week, gamblers hitting "blackjack" - an Ace with a 10-point card - are paid the odds of 6-5 instead of the traditional 3-2 (6-4).