Is online blackjack the saviour of the game?
It has long been known by casinos that the majority of blackjack players do not know what they are doing. Paradoxically, the popularity of blackjack as a table game is based entirely on the premise that the game is beatable and that it is the only game in the casino where a player can gain an edge over the house. This idea that the game is beatable (and it is) dates from the publication of "beat the dealer" by Edward Thorpe. This publication also rely on the wartime work of four clerks in the US military who worked out the optimum strategy (now known as basic strategy) using simple mechanical calculators. From this time on it became permanently lodged in the public mind that blackjack was the game to play casino regardless of skill level or knowledge.