Edward O. Thorpe is not the type of person to have an idea and just let it go. So when he settled on the game play of blackjack as a means of testing mathematical theories, he was certain that a method of beating the house edge must exist, if only he could find it. With the help of some other mathematicians, he managed to crack the formula and invented several forms of counting cards. Unfortunately, none of these work today, as casinos were quick to wise up to these techniques and make changes.
Though no one knows for sure, the general consensus is that the history of blackjack started in Ancient Rome. Though the game developed into different forms as it made it way around Europe, it really became the game we know today, after the French colonists bought the game to the Americas in the 1800s. Thanks to the efforts of a French woman, the games popularity grew and now is the staple table game found in casinos the world over. Whats great about the game is that it combines skill with luck.