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Pontoon: Test Your Prowess and Skill

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Pontoon: Test Your Prowess and Skill

The British answer to the popular card game of Twenty-One American Casino version Blackjack is Pontoon. As in Blackjack, Pontoon’s game objective is for the player to obtain a card hand as close in total value count to 21 as possible without exceeding 21. However, in Pontoon, the player aims to have a higher hand card total than that of the dealer. Pontoon yields odds of 2 to 1, and the deck of cards is shuffled for a second time following the dealing of about one-third of the shoe.

Prior to any cards being dealt, the player is required to place a bet on the table. The dealer will then proceed to deal two cards to the player, placing them face-up. Afterwards, the dealer deals him or herself two cards, as well, placed face-down on the playing table. The Jack, Queen and King cards all hold the value count of 10. Cards ranging from 2 to 10 have their individual number values. The Ace card can count as 1 or 11, whichever is needed to bring your hand count as close to 21 as possible without exceeding 21. When a player’s card hand comes nearer to 21 than the dealer’s hand does, the player will win the amount he or she has bet. The player is also the winner if the dealer’s hand of cards should exceed 21 in total value.1

The dealer will check his or her hand for a Pontoon (equivalent to a Blackjack 21) prior to the start of action by the players. If the dealer should have a Pontoon, all the bets as well as the cards will be taken by the dealer after display of the Pontoon.