Pontoon is a British variant of one of the oldest and most popular casino games, Blackjack, the American variant of the French Vingt-et-un (21). This last version can’t be found in any casino, while Blackjack is widely represented and most casinos do offer Pontoon as well. But no matter which version you prefer, all three of them are played against the dealer using a standard 52-card deck.
Although you are more than welcome to play Pontoon Pro High Limit, I so recommend newbies to take a step back. Even though Pontoon is quite easy to learn, I do advice to start with a Pontoon version offering lower stakes than Pontoon Pro High Limit. If totally new to the game, I can highly recommend Pontoon Pro Low Limit as bets start from 0.10, while bets in Pontoon Pro start at 1.00, much better to handle for new players as bets in Pontoon Pro High Limit don’t go any lower than 25.00. For the high rollers a bet of maximum 500.00 is available.
Free table games
And if you don’t want to play with real money at all, no problem either as most Netent Casinos offer you to play their table games as free casino games as well. Often no registration is needed to play the Netent table games for free. This way as you can simply open the game from the lobby, where after the game is opened from within your browser. Simple as that. Except when you decide to play the game for real, a registration is needed, although there are a few Netent Casinos who do require a registration on forehand or providing only a few free minutes to play. When not amused by it, you can easily switch to another Netent Casino who does offer you the chance to play their table games for free as long as you want to.
Basics Pontoon Pro
The name of this game writes Pro in the name as in Pontoon Pro High Limit, but this is mostly due to the fact this table game is part of the Professional Series, a series specially designed if you’re looking for high quality table games, offering a real life casino experience without leaving the house. The majority of the Netent Casinos offer you the complete Professional Series suite, including all three versions of Pontoon Pro, as well as Blackjack, Baccarat, Roulette (French and European), Oasis Poker, Punto Banco, Texas Hold’em and Caribbean Stud Poker. Being part of the Professional Series doesn’t influence the game rules though as they are the same as any other online or offline Pontoon game. Which means you are playing against the dealer only, aiming for the best hand. The best hand is a Pontoon, a hand where the two initial cards are an ace and a card with a value of 10, also known as a Blackjack while playing Blackjack. A Pontoon will always beat any other poker hand, so if either you or the dealer has a Pontoon, a win will be the result. If both, you and the dealer, have a Pontoon, the dealer wins. If not, your hand will win if its value is closer to 21.
Pontoon game rules
Although Pontoon is derived from Blackjack, there are quite some differences between the two games. First of all, both games use different terms like Twist, Stick and Buy instead of Hit, Stand and Double. Also you can only Stick on a hand greater than or equal to 15, while hands of 22 or higher (busted) lose regardless of the dealer’s hand. The dealer on the other hand must draw to 16, stick on a hard 17 and twist on a soft 17. When it comes to splitting the cards, You can split the first two cards if they have the same value, and unlike Blackjack, Pontoon allows you to re-split once, up to a total of three hands, including aces. You can Buy greater stakes in the hand if you have four cards or less and after Buying you can Twist again, which is not allowed at Blackjack.
5 Card Trick
With a payout of 99.66% Pontoon Pro High Limit is one of the best paying table games around, even better than Blackjack offering a theoretical return to the player of 99.53%. Besides the above game rules, the higher payout could be the result of an extra feature Pontoon is offering its players. The 5 Card Trick isn’t available while playing Blackjack. This feature is also known as Charlie and occurs when a player or dealer manages to twist until he or she has 5 cards in hand that add up to 21 point. And although Pontoon always beats any other hand with a value of 21, a Charlie certainly comes second. For an extensive description of Pontoon Pro High Limit I recommend you to have a look in the game rules which can be found in the Netent game, hidden under the question mark in the left bottom.