Originating from the globally renowned Blackjack, Pontoon derives from the “Vingt-et-un,” which is 21 in French. In this 52-card deck game, both the player and dealer get two cards that are valued the same as in traditional Blackjack, but the latter has no up card.
2 or more players can take part, but it works best when the number of participants is between 5 and 8. If there are more than 8 players, two decks can be mixed up. The players require cash or chips to wager. The values are worth their face values, except for:
Your goal is to make a hand that is as close to 21 as possible, but not exceeding it. A player who has an edge is selected to be the banker, which is why the first banker is selected randomly. The Pontoon rules are as follows:
If the banker hasn't achieved a Pontoon, the game continues from the player to the left of the dealer and goes on in a clockwise manner. When your turn comes around, the following options are available:
If no one has achieved a Pontoon, the dealer puts the used cards to the bottom of the deck and deals a new hand without shuffling. This can improve your win chance if you remember what’s out of play. If you have a Pontoon, then the cards will be shuffled by the dealer and cut before the next deal.
If a player gets a Pontoon without splitting his hand while the banker didn’t get it, the player becomes the banker for the next deal. If there are more than one such player, then the player nearest to the left of the dealer will be the banker.