The game of Pontoon is a lot of like Blackjack but with some fundamental differences. In Pontoon each player, including the dealer is dealt two cards face down. The dealer can then look at his cards, but they will stay face down until the other players have completed their hands. The only exception to this is if the dealer has a “Pontoon” which is an Ace and any tem point card. If the dealer has a Pontoon he will indicate this by turning his cards face up and all other players will lose that hand.
Playing past the deal
If you are not lucky enough to have a Pontoon when you receive your first two cards then your objective is to get as close to a total of 21 without going over that number. If your score is below a score of 15 then you have to ask for other cards. You can do this by either asking for a “hit” or you can “buy” another card. If you buy the card it is dealt to you face down. If you ask for a hit you get the card face up. You continue along these lines until you have a score of more than 15 but less than 21. At any time after you have a score of more than 15 you can “stand” which means you are finished and happy with your hand.
Once all of the players have completed their hand the dealer plays his hand. He is not allowed to stand until he gets to a score of 17 or more, and if he busts (gets more than 21) then he pays out to all players with current hands. If the dealer reaches any score between 17 and 21 he can decide to stand in which case he pays out to all current hands that have a score higher than he does.
How to beat 21
There are two hands that you can get that beat a standard score of 21. They are a five-card trick and the Pontoon that was สูตรบาคาร่า explained above. A five-card trick is when the player manages to get a total of five cards that have a score of less than 21. Pontoons and five-card tricks are paid out at 2 to 1 and they beat a dealer’s standard score of 21, but not a dealers five-card trick or Pontoon. All other payouts are at even money.
Splitting your hand
The only other deviation allowed in the game is if your first two cards are of the same score value. If this happens you are allowed to split your hand and play both sets of cards with their own bets and consequences. For example if you are dealt two aces you can split both of them on the table and ask the dealer to give you two extra cards. You then play each hand the same way as you would a standard hand and you are paid out in the same way as well.
Pontoon can be a very fast game and a lot of fun to play. You as the player have a lot of control of when you chose to stand (after your cards score more than 15) so there is a certain amount of strategy you can bring into play. Because the dealer has to either beat you or pay you, and the rules are easy to remember and enforce it is possible for even inexperienced players to win some good hands with some astute “hitting and standing”.