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Pontoon

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Try and beat the dealer without going over 21 with Sky Vegas Pontoon, the online casino table game that takes a familiar parlour favourite and adds a dash of glitz and glamour.

Pontoon is often overlooked when it comes to casino games thanks to the popularity of Blackjack. True, the rules of the two games are similar but there are certain differences that make Pontoon a highly enjoyable game to play in its own right and it is one of the hidden gems in the Sky Vegas online casino.

From a playing point of view, Pontoon is a more user-friendly game than its American cousin. The rules are relatively simple and many will be familiar with the game from childhood, making it one of the more accessible casino games available. 

 

How to play

Table Stake Settings:
Min Stake: £1
Max Stake: £2,500 
How to play Poker Pontoon:
1. Select your stake by clicking on the chips at the bottom of the screen. Click on the table betting area to place your bet.  A currency value will be displayed alongside the chip. Click the Clear button if you wish to change your stake at this stage. Select Deal. 
2. Two cards are dealt to you, placed face up. The dealer receives two cards face down - the dealer will peek at his hand to see if he has pontoon; if he has, he will turn it over immediately and your stake will be lost and the game ends, regardless of your hand. If he does not, the game continues... 
3. The value of your hand will appear alongside your cards.  At this stage, a two-card hand totalling 21 (pontoon) pays 2:1 on your stake. 
4. If you do not have 21, you can either remain at your current total (a 'stick') or take more cards ('twist'). You may also be offered options to BUY or SPLIT your hand - these are covered in detail later. Clicking the TWIST button means that you can take more cards, one by one, until you have either gone over 21 ('bust') or you are satisfied with your card total and call; STICK.. For example, you may choose to stick at 19 or 20. You may stick on any total greater or equal to 15, or on any 5-card hand. 
5. Once you have finalised/played out your hand, the dealer will finalise his hand in a similar fashion.  
6. If the dealer's hand totals less than 17, they must draw another card. If the dealer's hand equals 17 or over, they may not draw any more cards unless the dealer has a soft 17 (an ace card and a six), then another card must be drawn. 
7. If the dealer's total is less than 17, they continue to draw cards until reaching a value equal to or greater than 17, or a "five card trick" (five cards totaling 21 or less) is 
Winning or losing the game
If the dealer busts, you win the game.
If your hand is higher than the dealers, without going over 21, you win.
If the dealer's hand is higher than yours, without going over 21, the dealer wins.
If the dealer's hand is of identical value to yours, without going over 21, the dealer wins.
If you or the dealer attains a 5 card hand without going over 21, it is considered a "five card trick." When this happens; stick is automatically selected. This hand is only surpassed by pontoon.
If you and the dealer both attain a "5 card trick" the dealer wins irrespective of hand value.
If you bust, a message will be displayed alongside your cards and you immediately lose the game, plus any bets.
Ace 1 or 11. The strongest card in the game. You, the player, decide the value of the card and you may change its value at certain points in the game.
   
  For instance, if your hand consists of an ace and a ten, the ace has a value of 11, to call Pontoon at 21.
   
  However, if your hand shows a total of 19, and then you draw an ace, it would be assigned a value of one to prevent a 'bust' and bring the value of your hand up to 20.
   
  If you draw two aces as your first cards, they are assigned values of 1 and 11 respectively - or you can split them
Court Cards: King, Queen, Jack 10
Number cards: 2-10 Face value. For instance, the three of clubs has a value of 3

Soft

This is displayed alongside an Ace card when your hand is low enough for the ace card to be assigned its higher value of 11 without going bust. For instance, where an ace is the first or second card to be drawn. You can always draw at least one card to a soft hand without busting.

Special plays

Special plays will appear as buttons during the course of the game, when you have the option to play them.

Split

If your first two cards are of identical value, you may split them and place an additional bet (equal to your original bet) to play two hands instead of one. Each of the cards then becomes the start of a new hand. Each split hand is played out one hand at a time.

You may re-split once, playing up to a maximum of 3 hands at any one time.

You may draw (hit) and double after splitting, including Aces.

"Pontoon" is possible on a split hand and paid 2:1

Each split/re-split hand can win in its own right; payouts are identical to non-split hands.

Buy

This option enables you to double your initial bet. You may double when you have 2 to 4 cards, but only once per hand. This includes after splitting, and once for each split hand. You may "hit" (have another card) after doubling.

Hands and payouts

Hands are shown in order of rank, highest first:

 

HandHand Description (suit unimportant) Payout for winning hand
Pontoon An Ace plus any 10 point card (Ten, Jack, Queen or King) 2:1
Five Card Trick Any five cards totalling 21 or less 2:1
Any hand of 21 points or less which beats the dealer Hands are ranked highest points score first Evens 1:1
Same as dealer The same value hand as the dealer totalling 21 or less Lose
Bust Any hand totalling 22 or over Lose (no payout)

This game is regulated by the Alderney Gambling Control Commission. The theoretical average return to player (RTP) is 97.80%. This RTP represents the long-term expected payback of the game which has been calculated by an independent testing company in accordance with AGCC regulations.

Malfunction voids all pays and play.

 

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