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Pontoon is a well know variation of blackjack. Pontoon is a British variation that is quite similar to other blackjack games, but it does have different rules. If you are looking for an online blackjack game that stands out from the rest, play Pontoon at Casino.com UK online casino.

Differences in Pontoon Blackjack and Classic Blackjack

Pontoon begins in the same way that other online casino blackjack games begin. Players and dealers are dealt their first cards, after which a second card is dealt. The difference between Pontoon and other forms of blackjack is seen right at the beginning when both the dealer cards are dealt face-down. In most blackjack games, the dealer is dealt one card face-up and the other face-down. Both player cards are dealt face-up in the same way that they are dealt in other blackjack variations.

With both dealer cards face-down, players simply have to play their hands out to make the best Pontoon hand they can without comparing it to the dealer’s cards. This means that players cannot simply fold their hands if the dealer is showing the beginnings of a strong hand.

After the first two cards are dealt in Pontoon, the dealer checks their hand before play continues. If the dealer hand holds a Pontoon, or 21 points made up of the first two cards, the dealer automatically wins unless the player is also holding a Pontoon hand. When the player and dealer both have Pontoon, the player wins. When there is a Push or draw other than Pontoon, the dealer hand wins. Players must continue to draw cards if their total is below 15.

Winning hands in Pontoon are as follows:

  • A Pontoon hand of two cards totaling 21 points is a winning hand. The payout is 2:1. The player Pontoon always beats the dealer Pontoon.
  • Any regular wins where the player shows a combined card value that is 21 or less, and is higher than the dealer’s hand value, the player hand wins. The player is paid out at 1: 1 for regular hand wins.
  • The 5 Card Trick is a hand that reaches a total value of 21 or less, and consists of five cards. This combination pays out at 2:1.

Pontoon Terminology:

  • Hit or Draw is referred to as Twist.
  • Stand is referred to as Stick.
  • Double Down is referred to as Buy.

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