Before we get to why the Riviera Hotel & Casino offers, bar none, the best table game odds on the Las Vegas Strip, let’s take on a wee history lesson, shall we? As in, where does blackjack come from?
Across zee ocean, it seems. You see, the French have given much to the world: Baguettes. Brigitte Bardot. And, just like roulette, the French have given us blackjack.
Blackjack used to be known as vingt-et-un, which means “21” in French. About 250 years ago, around the same time that we think Blaise Pascal might have been inventing roulette, some French person was creating vingt-et-un.
The influx of French Canadian fur trappers and other emigrants to America brought vingt-et-un with them to this side of the pond; over the ensuing centuries, the game became more and more popular.
But the thing that made vingt-et-un really skyrocket in popularity in the States was the same thing that turned it from vingt-et-un to Blackjack: casinos changed the rules here to make the odds just a bit more favorable to the player, one of those rules being a ten-to-one bonus payout if the player drew…wait for it…the jack of spades with the ace of spades.
That, plus the legalization of gambling here in the great state of Nevada back in the 1930s, made blackjack a favorite among game players.
If you like to play blackjack, then you’ve certainly come to the right place! Not only do our guests enjoy the best table game odds on the Strip, the Riviera offers the most liberal Blackjack rules of play in Nevada. We also feature single-deck, double-deck and multi-deck games.
In fact, we’re one of only two casinos in town that offers incredible 3:2 payouts on single deck blackjack! This is pretty major, and it’s just one of the reasons why your odds at the Riviera’s table games will be the best on the entire Strip. We were, for example, the first to offer 1,000x odds on pass line bets for craps.
(And that’s just the tip of the iceberg: The Riviera is proud to offer a full spread of dynamite games in our vast casino, including single “0” roulette. For the best, most enhanced gaming experience, make sure to check out Riviera Rewards: find out more details on our most exciting gaming program here.)