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.
|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|
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 will appear as buttons during the course of the game, when you have the option to play them.
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.
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:
|Hand||Hand 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)|
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.
Malfunction voids all pays and play.
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