Most of these releases have quite similar features, so that you can choose any of them and start playing. The difference between them all may be only in split rules and the number of simultaneous hands. The size of payouts does not vary much as well, so you can win from x1.5 to x2, and the RTP range varies (from 99.61% to 99.66%), but it is high and beneficial to players. Pontoon is available at many casinos with no download online for free or for real money.
Pontoon Rules and Payouts
You are to decide how many hands you want to get at the same time and place a bet. For example, the Pontoon Professional Series by Net Entertainment offers you the option to get three deals simultaneously while the game by Playtech offers five. After that, you will be given hands of two cards each. Points, given by cards 2-10, are equal to their faces, Ace gives 1 or 11 points and the value of Jack, Queen and King is 10. Your goal is to get higher combination than the dealer’s. You can ask for additional cards, stand or split.
Game Strategy: Odds and Tips
The odds are as following:
You win 2:1 if you have any combination, which gives total of 21;
Your payout is 1:1 is you win with any other card combination.
You can find some key points for playing online, recommended by experts, and based on the basic strategy of the play. We cannot see any cards of the dealer so that we should make all decisions, considering our cards only. A lot of players advise to hit one more card on all hard hands, which are worth less than 17. You should also hit another card if you already have 4 cards in a hand (that will give you a chance to get 5-card bonus). 5-card bonus is also called 5-card Charlie, and you need to collect 21 points with the help of 5 cards to receive it. However, if your 4-card hand amounts to 18 it is better to “Stand” it.
This variation has a couple of unique features, which make it different from classic blackjack:
You cannot “stand” if you have less than 15 points;
The highest win is 21, Pontoon or 5-card bonus;
Pontoon beats all combinations, which give 21;
Dealer should stick on hand with 17 points.
This quite popular variation is similar to other types of Blackjack, such as Spanish 21, Double Exposure, Super Fun 21. You can also find interesting card games in Alternative Blackjack class, available only at our website.