Pontoon Blackjack

Pontoon blackjack is one of the many variations of the game Spanish 21 which is an American game played in Australian, Singaporean and Malaysian casinos. In some casinos it is also referred to as Treasury 21, Jupiters 21, Paradise Pontoon and Federal Pontoon. Pontoon Blackjack is a card game where players main objective is to have cards that have a total value that is close to 21 as possible and without going over that 21. This game was originally derived from a French card game that is known as Vingt-et-un. Pontoon blackjack can be played by two or more players but 5 to 8 players are preferred for premium games. Pontoon uses one deck of cards which has 52 cards. Games that have more than 8 players can use more than one deck of cards. One deck of cards consists of cards labelled with numbers or letters and this will include numbers 2 to 10 and letters A as the ace, J as the Jack, Q as the Queen and K as the King. Each of these cards have four different symbols namely flowers, spades, diamonds and hearts. Players are required to have money or chips to play this game.


Before the pontoon blackjack game starts, a banker is supposed to be chosen. A banker has an advantage and this will mean that all the players will have to agree on a formula to get the banker. In most cases players pick a card each and the one with the highest value card becomes the banker. The minimum and maximum bets are also supposed to be decided before the game starts. The first step of the game is when a banker deals a card facing down for each player and this should start with first player on the left with the dealer being the last one. If you are using a table it should be done in a clockwise manner. All the players are allowed to look at their cards but the dealer is not allowed to look at their card. All the players are supposed to place their bets which should be within the set betting limits. The banker is not supposed to place bet. After all the players have placed their bets, the dealer is supposed to deal each player with a second card which should face down and can be seen by all the other players. This means that each player will have two cards facing down.


The scoring in this game is similar to blackjack where all the numbered cards use their numbers as their value while the lettered cards have different values namely for example the Jack, Queen and King have a value of 10 while the ace has a value of either 1 or 11 and this will be determined by the player holding the card. The scoring is such that players add up the values of the cards they are holding and hope that the total is as close to 21 as possible and avoid going over 21. Going over 21 means the player will go bust and thereby lose on that hand. If players have the equal values at the end of any hand the player will lose to the banker.

Card Combinations

Pontoon has several card combinations and this will include Five card tricks and Pontoon which players should also get familiar with.