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Pontoon - the British Variant of Blackjack Game
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What is Pontoon?

It is time to get acquainted with one more popular variant of blackjack which is called to be Pontoon and considered to be blackjack’s English “brother”. Do not mix Pontoon and blackjack, as the first one is the English version and the second one is American casino version. When you try to find out what is Pontoon, the chances are that you can also mix English Pontoon with Australian one though these two games have nothing in common except the name. Australian Pontoon is an unlicensed version of American Spanish 21 and it is actually Spanish 21 but not Pontoon.

The game of Pontoon has become very popular at the beginning of the 20th century in English armed forces though it is considered to originate from French Vingt-Et-Un, the favorite Napoleon’s card game, which is also believed to be the ancestor of American blackjack.

Pontoon and conventional blackjack have actually the same aim: to beat a dealer (a banker) by getting more points without exceeding 21. If your 21 points = an Ace + 10 (Jack, Queen, King) than such a combination is called to be pontoon and it makes you to become a winner. The minimum number of players is 2 (a player and a banker actually) and it can vary, though 5-8 players are the best recommendation to play. Pontoon is played by a deck of 52 playing cards, and two decks of cards can be used if the number of players exceeds 8; but usually Pontoon is played with 8 decks of standard playing cards.

Unlike American blackjack, Pontoon does not have any official rules: they can vary though have a place to be.

Note! Do not mix two languages of English up!

As Pontoon is the English game, it has some particular terms which you should know and understand in order not to be misunderstood; players of American blackjack and Pontoon can call the same things by different names. American English and British English languages are different a bit as we know.

 

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