Pontoon Pro (EOL)
This game is End of Life but feel free to read about it here
Pontoon card game as this one can be played at the many Netent Casinos, is derived from the French Vingt-et-un (21). Though Blackjack is best known, just as Pontoon is, the reason why these two games can be found at the Netent Casinos. Blackjack is available in different versions, including Blackjack Pro and Single Deck Blackjack, while Pontoon is on it’s own available as Pontoon Pro, Pontoon Pro Low Limit, and Pontoon Pro High Limit.
Pontoon Pro betting options
If you are one of these players that isn’t familiar with either the Blackjack rules or Pontoon rules, I recommend to go for Pontoon Pro Low Limit with bets in between 0.01 and 5.00. perfect to become comfortable with the game without taking too much risk. If you know how to play Blackjack or Pontoon, and you know when to Hit/Twist and when to Stand/Stick, you are at the right place with Pontoon Pro as this game is offering you bets starting from 1.00 up to 40.00. These bets are perfect for if you know how to play Pontoon or if you are looking for a nice alternative to the Blackjack game.
Pontoon vs Blackjack
Although Pontoon Pro and Blackjack Pro have a lot of similarities, they do differ from each other. As for example Pontoon is using different names for options like Hit and Stand, now called twist and Stick. Double has been changed in Buy, although it’s only in the name, the function of these options are exactly the same.
A Blackjack is called a Pontoon!
– Pontoon does not allow you to stand on any two cards, because with 14 points or less you must Twist.
– With Blackjack you cannot hit after Double, while Pontoon Pro allows you to.
– A Tie in Blackjack means a Push while playing Pontoon pro and dealer wins all Ties.
– You can split aces twice while playing Pontoon Pro, instead of once, and you can Hit or Double after splitting the aces.
– You can only Stick on a hand greater than or equal to 15, while anything over 21 is too much and makes you bust. The dealer must Twist on 16 and soft 17.
For an extensive description of the Pontoon Pro game I recommend 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.
Although Pontoon Pro has similar rules to blackjack, Pontoon Pro is slightly different due to the 5 Card Trick, also known as Charlie. A Charlie occurs when a player or dealer manages to Twist until he or she has 5 cards in hand that add up to 21 points. And although Pontoon always beats any other hand with a value of 21, a Charlie certainly comes second.
With a payout of 99.66% Pontoon Pro pays better than Blackjack as Blackjack offers a theoretical return to the player of 99.53%, and although this doesn’t seem of a big difference, eventually this can make a difference. It could help you to choose between the two games, although I would go for the table game you feel most comfortable with.