How to Play:
At the beginning of each hand of Pontoon, 10's are removed from the deck. The player is dealt two cards face up and the dealer is dealt two cards face down. Your goal is to get as close to 21 as possible without going over. If you total 21 with two cards that is called Pontoon and it is ranked higher than any other hand. The second, highest-ranking hand is a Five-Card Trick which is a hand of 5 cards totaling 21 points or less. If you ever go beyond 21 you lose or "bust". If your hand and the dealer's are of equal values once all players have either won their hand, stood, or busted, this is called a push. In the event of a push, the player's bet will be void and his/her money will be returned.
On a Pontoon table game there are 5 casino chips laid out on the table's border. The value of each of the chips is $1, $5, $25, $100, and $500. Depending on the size of your playable bankroll, you will be able to select the amount you would like to bet on each hand by clicking on those chips. If you would like to bet $45 on your next hand, you would simply click the $25 chip once, and then click the $5 chip 4 times to bring the total chip count placed in the betting (ante) box to $45. To remove chips from your bet, you simply click on the chips already placed in the betting box and they will be removed and placed back in your bankroll.
(NOTE: you can only remove chips from your bankroll before you have dealt the hand. Once the deal starts, all bets are final.)
There are 5 circular control buttons below the table that are labeled Split, Double, Stand, Hit, and Deal. Below is a brief description of what will happen when you use, and when to use, each of these buttons.
Split: You can use the split option any time when the values of your first two cards dealt are the same. Once you split, each of your two matching cards will be separated and the dealer will deal two more cards to you, one on top of each of the other matching cards. Your wager amount will be doubled (the game will automatically move an amount equal to your initial ante from your bankroll to the table) and you will now have two playable hands in front of you. You can then play each hand as a normal Blackjack hand, hitting and standing, unless the cards split were Aces. In that case, you will only be allowed one hit before the game will automatically move on. You can play up to three hands at a time.
Double: You can use the double option once per hand in Pontoon, and only immediately after the deal. When you choose the double option, the amount of your ante will automatically be doubled and you will be dealt one more card. Once the card is dealt, the game will move on without allowing you any other options.
Stand: To stand, or stay, starts the game with the hand you are holding. Once you stand on a hand, your hand will remain in play as is, awaiting the final results of the table for that game.
Hit: When you hit another card will be dealt to you.
Deal: The button is used to start each game of Pontoon. Once the deal button is pressed, the game has started and all bets are on.
Insurance: The insurance option in the game of Pontoon will be offered to you whenever the dealer is showing an Ace. If you decide to take the insurance bet, you are betting another half the value of your ante that the dealer will have Blackjack (21). If you win the bet and the dealer does have Blackjack, you will double your insurance bet and lose your initial ante, making the total result a push. If you are wrong and the dealer does not have Blackjack, you will lose the insurance bet and continue to play with your ante still on the table.
Rules Tab: The rules button is displayed on the left-hand side of the table. This tab will provide the basic rules of the game.
Cashier Button: From here you can make deposits, request withdrawals, redeem bonus coupons and view your account history.
Menu Button: The menu button allows you to change the setting in regards to view, sound and card speed, and also allow you to view your account history directly from the game screen.
Help: The help button will take you to the RTG Pontoon page where you will be able to find the basic rules of the game along with Payouts and Point Values.
Back: The back button will send you back to the casino lobby and allow you to choose another game to play.
Blackjack Tip 1: It is always important to have in mind that the dealer will always stand on a hand of 17 or better and hit on a hand of 16 or lower, while never making any additional bets like doubling, splitting, or insurance. This playing strategy is the major reason for the house edge. By following these same rules, you keep the edge to a minimum and increase your chances of making lots of money.
Blackjack Tip 2: Do not split 10's in Pontoon. As appealing as the idea may sound, the risk is higher than the possible reward.
Blackjack Tip 3: Remember to always double down with a Pontoon hand of 10 when dealer is showing a 9 or lower and always double down with a hand of 11, no matter what card the dealer is showing. This bet is your biggest advantage in the game and, if used correctly, is the key bet that will get you walking away from the Pontoon table with a higher return on your investment.
Pontoon Pays 2:1
Five-Card Trick pays 2:1
Insurance Pays 2:1
Dealer must hit with soft 17
Double any two cards
1 card dealt on split Aces