If you are a big fan of online blackjack, then you are probably interested in trying out online pontoon as it’s a related game that looks somewhat similar when it’s players. However, one needs to know that there are some major differences in how it’s played.
For starters, the dealer isn’t going to deal any up cards, so you will have to make your decisions based on the cards you have in hand. Secondly, getting five cards will give you a hand that only loses to a pontoon, and all five-card hands are equal in this game. You can only stand when you have 15 or more (Or if you have a five-card hand).
How to play online pontoon
Strategy when it comes to pontoon is based around adjusting from standard blackjack strategic principles based on the chances to the rules listed above. Your aim is to assemble a better hand than the banker’s – Cards must total as close to 21 as possible without going over. Ace counts as either 1 or 11 points.
Stick: Ask for no more cards, because you are happy with the total (although you cannot stick on less than 15).
Twist: Ask the banker to turn over the next card face up. You can do this up to three times, or until you are bust.
Buy a card: Pay a further stake to receive another face-down card from the banker. You can do this up to three times. You can opt to twist after buying, but never to buy after twisting.
Split: If you hold two cards of the same value. In this case you turn up both cards, with a bet on each; the banker deals one more face down to each, and you play both hands as normal.