Pontoon is the British or domestic version of Blackjack, which in turn is the American version of Vingtet-un (French for Twenty one), a French gambling game popular at the court of Louis XV and later, much favoured by Napoleon, especially at St. Helena. In the twentieth century it became the most popular game of the armed forces of English-speaking nations. Pontoon, unlike casino Blackjack, has no official rules and varies widely from school to school.

How to Play

  1. Objective of the game is to get as close as you can to 21 points without going over same as Black Jack and achieve higher value than House cards. Unlike Blackjack, the game is played without the “10’s”.
  2. Player will be given 2 initial cards and will be offered to Surrender; If House Face-up Card is not an Ace or if an Ace player will be offered Insurance. Otherwise player will be prompted to “Hit” another card or “Stay” at least on 12 points. Cards are counted according to face value with picture cards counted as 10 points. “Aces” however will be treated as a wild card and may be counted as “1 point” or “11 points” depending on how to maximize the point total.
  3. Option to split or double down is offered with conditional rules particularly with Aces.
  4. A hand with a card valued as 10 together with an Ace constitutes the highest possible points and the hand is called a “Pontoon”, and paid out immediately without waiting for the house result, same as you have reached 21 points.
  5. Any point total reaching over 21 is considered a bust.
  6. Side bets offered for “Pair” (for 2 initial cards).

Play another variation of the widely played Blackjack.

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