Pontoon is the ultimate version of Blackjack for the more experienced player. This British variety has a somewhat modified rulebook as opposed to the classic version of Blackjack.
Played with 8 decks and 52 cards each, the player does not, in fact, see the Dealer’s hand up until they finish the first round. Pontoon, another term for blackjack, is the traditional ace and face card combination that pays 2 to 1. However, players have the added chance of scoring a Five Card Trick, a sum 5 cards in a hand not exceeding 21, which automatically grants a similar 2 to 1 win. Unlike in its traditional counterpart, in Pontoon the dealer has to hit on 16 and a soft 17. Bear in mind that should the game round end in a tie, the dealer shall be the winner.
If you are a newcomer to Blackjack, it might make sense to try the classic version or Blackjack Surrender first. What if you’re up for the new challenge? Then wait no more, double down on your skill and strategy in Pontoon!