Blackjack or Pontoon

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Blackjack or Pontoon

Postby Afternoon » Thu Mar 18, 2010 3:43 pm


Pontoon uses four decks(cards shuffler) to eight decks (manual), each deck consisting of 48 cards — instead of the the regular 52 cards, less the four tens in Blackjack. Any card counter can tell you that removing any 10-point card from the cards favors the dealer. To make up for this, Pontoon gives to the player a host of bonuses and favorable rules. The following rules are consistent to Pontoon, across Australia.

Fixed Rules in Resort World

Dealer hits soft 17.
Double after split allowed.
Dealer does not take a hole card.
Player may on any cards.
Player may "surrender" their hand If the dealer has a picture card up, a laminated marker saying "surrender" will be put on the player's bet. In the event the dealer gets a blackjack, the player will lose the entire bet.
A player 21 or blackjack wins immediately.
Player may surrender after doubling, known as "double down rescue." The player forfeits an amount equal to his original bet. The surrender is adjudicated immediately, so it is like early surrender.
A five-card 21 pays 3 to 2, a six-card 21 pays 2 to 1, a seven-or-more-card-21 pays 3 to 1. However, the bonuses are not paid if the player doubled.
A 6-7-8 or 7-7-7 of mixed suits pays 3 to 2, of the same suit pays 2 to 1, and of spades pays 3 to 1. These bonuses do not pay after doubling.
Extra bunos when hit Suited 7-7-7, and when the dealer has a seven face up.

The European no-hole-card rule strongly favors the player in Pontoon in which Resort World follows. This is because a player 21 automatically wins, even if the dealer gets a blackjack. In American Spanish 21, the dealer blackjack beats anything except a player blackjack, depressing the player's odds.
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