• Playtech Pontoon Blackjack

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    Pontoon is like Blackjack’s stepbrother-close enough you know they are distinctly related, but having enough differences to make you wonder who the father was.

    Pontoon a la Playtech is a great spin on the game of 21-you’ll have just as much fun figuring it out as you will really playing it.

    This is a single-hand game with a table limit of $300 (minimum bet is $1).

    The game itself is simple-get as close to 21 without going over. It’s a two-card game between Player and Dealer, but the Dealer doesn’t show any cards until you are done with your hand (although he’ll check for 21).

    Here is a rundown of the general rules, which look nothing like the list we outlined on Playtech’s main blackjack page:

    • Eight decks of 52 cards are in the stack.
    • Push goes to the Dealer.
    • Dealer must hit on 16 and on a soft 17 (one that includes an Ace).
    • Dealer will stand on a hard 17.
    • No Insurance or Surrender.
    • Player must hit until he or she has at least 15.
    • Double down is allowed, and player will be given as many cards as needed.
    • Ten-value cards are considered equal in terms of splitting.
    • An Ace and a 10-value card is always a Pontoon, regardless if it comes after a split.

    There are two ways to absolutely win in Pontoon: a two-card 21 total (called a Pontoon, it’s an Ace and a 10-value card) and a 5-card trick (shown below, it’s when a player holds 5 cards without busting, regardless of value).

    Both pay 2 to 1 odds, but in a match-up, a Pontoon will take all. A score of 21 using a number of other cards (and not five) will pay even money.

    If you’ve never played Pontoon before, Playtech does a great job of presenting the game. Try it for yourself at one of our recommended Playtech casinos.


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