Pontoon Blackjack, or, as it should be called – Pontoon – is a popular card game that’s very similar to traditional Blackjack variations you’re probably familiar with…. While enjoying a few, key differences.
Pontoon is one of the oldest card games a Casino features, and while no one is exactly sure where it was developed, it’s taken the gambling world by storm, and is now available at thousands of online, and land-based casinos around the world.
How To Play
Like Blackjack, Pontoon requires you to make your two cards add as close to 21 as possible.
You are dealt two cards, and then have the option to hit, stand, split, or double your hand.
Like regular Blackjack, the dealer will also be dealt a card, and once you’ve finished your action, he or she will draw his or her hand to try and beat yours.
If the dealer fails to beat you, or goes bust, you win. If the dealer’s hand outranks yours, you’ll lose your wager and dealer will win.
Differences Between Blackjack and Pontoon
There are a few main differences to be aware of.
First and foremost, Blackjack only pays even-money, instead of the 3/2 you’d get playing a European Blackjack table.
In Pontoon, you have the ability to Double Down on ANY two cards. You can also Double Down as many times as you want, so, for example, if you had a total of 9, and doubled down only to receive a 2, you could then Double Down AGAIN, improving your hand.
Pontoon also pays out what’s called a ‘5 Card Trick’. If you manage to draw 5 cards without going bust, you’ll automatically win the hand, even if the dealer ends up getting Blackjack!
Another cool feature of Pontoon, is that if your hand totals 21, you will beat a dealer’s 21, no matter whether he or she has Blackjack, or just regular 21. This advantage is why the Blackjack payout is lower, because you get a HUGE advantage here, so the Casino’s must lower their liability somehow.
Where To Play Pontoon
While it’s a very popular game, not all casinos are yet offering Pontoon, and this is largely due to the confusion surrounding the game differences.
Thankfully, there are a selection of trusted casinos that DO offer the game, and you can see details of these on our high-roller casino bonus section.