The Origins of Blackjack

With a bachelor’s and master’s degree in industrial engineering, Janek Pawlik is part of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineering and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Janek Pawlik has many hobbies, including recreational gambling.

Blackjack, one of the most popular casino games globally, has roots that are still unknown and debated. There is a theory that the Romans may have invented it. Although it is unproven, this hypothesis does hold water since Romans enjoyed gambling. Instead of using paper cards, the Romans have used wooden blocks with various numbers painted on them. However, researchers believe it most likely began in French casinos around 1700 from French cards called “Vingt-et-Un,” meaning “Twenty-one.”

With the aid of French colonists, the game found its way to America in the 18th century. By the 19th century, the game had grown in popularity in the United States. When the government legalized gambling in New Orleans in 1820, casinos in the state played the game.

Janek Pawlik began his career as an Industrial Engineer at General Motors Corporation in Canada.