All About the Card Game of Pontoon
Gaming online is one of the primary growth industries of the 21st Century. Within that set, online casino games are a particularly high growth sector, with new players flocking to online and mobile casino sites daily. It is for this reason that some games with overlapping names should have that clarified. In this case, blackjack and pontoon.
In essence, pontoon is the British version of blackjack. With the popularity of this American game, pontoon is sometimes overlooked, or simply considered just another name for the card game. There are, however, some significant differences between blackjack and pontoon. With the growth of mobile pontoon casino games, it is best that everyone knows these differences. Mobile pontoon casino games are much more fun when one knows what is happening.
Similar to Blackjack, But with Better Odds
Where blackjack and pontoon are the same is that both are based on a score of 21, and enjoyed throughout the world. This is largely due to the fact that the game provides players with some of the best odds available in the house. Adding the face value of your cards, the objective of the game is for the player to come as close to 21 without going over, while still having a higher total than the dealer. This is a challenging task that is achieved through acquiring a combination of cards which each have a point value attached. The assigned values are based upon standard card values; that is number cards are their equivalent in points and all picture cards are worth 10 points. Ace here can either be worth 1 or 11 points. Suits are irrelevant.
The differences between pontoon and blackjack, which obviously applies to mobile pontoon casino games too, are that both the dealers’ cards are dealt face down. In blackjack, only one is face down. This does make it somewhat harder to decide on your next move, and have no idea whatsoever of the strength of the dealers’ hand. Another rule variance that is important to be aware of is that the dealer in pontoon wins all ties, whereas in blackjack the player wins a tie.
The Added Cherry on Top
One would think that this might put one off mobile pontoon casino games completely, but do not be misled, for there are some rather exciting other variances too. Getting dealt blackjack, a hand with an Ace and a ten or picture card, pays 3:2. Being dealt a pontoon, on the other hand, pays 2:1. Quite a bit better. In blackjack using 5 cards to score 21 or less is simply a 5 card hand, but in pontoon, this is termed scoring a 5-card trick, which is the second highest possible hand, and can only be beaten by a hand of pontoon.
The payout on a 5-card trick is 2:1. There are also some minor rules variations concerning doubling down your hand, and some basic terminological differences. In pontoon, when you want another card, you do not ‘hit,’ you ‘twist’. Also, if you want to stay with the cards you have, you don’t ‘stand’, you ‘stick’. What a blackjack player calls ‘doubling down’, a pontoon player would call ‘buying’.
So, next time you spot mobile pontoon casino games, go ahead and try it, especially with the differences so succinctly explained here. Really like blackjack, only with extra pepper.