Blackjack has been an immensely popular casino game for a vast period of time and it does not appear to be going away from the tables anytime soon.
One reason for its popularity is because of how easy it is to play the game, whilst the opportunity to take on the dealer (i.e. the casino) as an opponent and try to take their money will likely appeal to many rather than trying to win it off another member of the public. Those that can develop the perfect blackjack table strategy are always within a chance of walking away with a prize.
Another reason as to why blackjack has become hugely popular, though, is its appearance in a number of huge video games to have hit consoles over the years, which will likely have increased the exposure that the game has received around the world.
Resident Evil 7, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and Red Dead Redemption 2 are just some of the most popular gaming titles to have featured the classic table game:
Resident Evil 7
It might seem strange to think that Resident Evil features blackjack within its game, especially when the game is all about going around and killing zombies. However, the card game does appear as players compete in what is known as ‘21’. The same principles apply, however the stakes are perhaps higher as they can directly impact the character’s well-being; being electrocuted or losing a finger if a bet is lost sounds pretty intense!
Red Dead Redemption 2
Red Dead Redemption 2 gives players the chance to play blackjack when they have had enough of riding around on a horse or being involved in shootouts. There are a number of opportunities for players to play as well, with saloons and camps all around the game map offering the card game to the character on our screens.
Fallout: New Vegas
Fallout: New Vegas has to feature card games, namely blackjack, otherwise the ‘Vegas’ part of the title could be seen as mis-leading or redundant. Las Vegas may have disappeared in the game, however New Vegas appears to want to replicate the bright, neon lights that the former city had as there are a number of casinos to have survived. They all offer a plethora of games, including blackjack.
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas may have arrived in 2004, however it was ahead of its time for many reasons. Widely considered to be one of the best games that Rockstar Games managed to develop in the series – as well as one of the best games to have ever been produced – this instalment of the gaming franchise included plenty of casinos.
As players will know, San Andreas is set in a fictionalised version of California, and with its close proximity to Las Vegas, Nevada, players had the ability to hit the strip and explore a plethora of casinos. Blackjack was just one of a number of table games available to win from.