Jack, King, Queen Or Ace- Pontoon Face Value


Cards Face Value

Are you ready to play Pontoon? It is quite simple. Just know the fundamentals of the game. The game of Pontoon is less uniform than Blackjack and can vary between groups of players, but the basic aim is always the same to hit that magical 21 or get closer to it than your opponent or the dealer. Even better is to be dealt ‘Pontoon’ which consists of an Ace card and a card worth a ten that is a numerical ten card or a Jack, Queen or King.
After two cards you need to decide whether to take a ‘hit’ (an additional card) or to ‘stand’ and see your opponent’s cards. If you choose to take a hit, you can take further hits if low denomination cards deem it necessary. May be you might just achieve the highest hand after a two card 21 – a Pontoon.
If you exceed 21 you go bust and your opponent automatically wins. Otherwise, you need to get closer to 21 than they do, which means using a combination of skill and luck to go as close as you dare to 21 without pushing your luck too far.

The Stake

As you dive now into the game start by deciding on your ante, which may be as little as €1 and as much as €40. You and the dealer each then receive two cards. If the dealer has a ‘Pontoon’ – an ace and a face card – you lose. If he does not, the game continues and you are faced with a number of options:
Twist (‘hit’)-Have the dealer deal you another card. You may do this provided you have a hand whose sum is 20 or fewer.
Stick (‘stay’)- Opt to not receive any more cards. The attention will turn to any other hands you may have created or the dealer’s hand.
Buy (‘double down’): Double your ante bet (or ‘double down’ in Blackjack) and receive another card. You may do this with any hand that has fewer than 5 cards. Note that, unlike in Blackjack, you may twist even after receiving the new card.
Split: You may choose to divide two cards of the same value into two separate hands. Each time you do this, an additional bet equal to your ante will be put into the pot. You will then deal with each hand one-by-one.
Once you have finished with your hands, the game turns to the dealer. He wins all ties and must hit on 16 and a soft 17. Finally, you should also know that the payouts are different in Pontoon: You win equal your ante if you beat the dealer, but you win twice your ante if you manage to have a five-card hand without going over 21 or if you yourself create a Pontoon hand.

Picture Cards

Picture cards the Jack, Queen and King count as 10. Aces count as 1 or 11, whichever is to your advantage.  As an example Ace, 8 and 9 = 18. All other cards like 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 or 9 count as face value. Remember all 10s have been removed from Pontoon decks. If your first two cards are an Ace and any picture card, you have Pontoon. The dealer will announce, “Pontoon” and pay you at odds of 3 to 2. The dealer cannot beat this hand, even if the dealer achieves Pontoon.
If you do not have Pontoon on your first two cards, you may decide to stand that is draw no more cards or hit  that is draw more cards. You can continue to hit until you decide to stand or until your total goes over 21, in which case you lose. You may choose to stand on any total of less than 21. Where you achieve Pontoon or a total of 21 you will win, regardless of the dealer’s result, and will be paid the odds. Irrespective of your point totals, the dealer must stand on a hard total of 17. As an example: 8 and 9 = 17 or a soft total of 18. As an example: Ace and 7 = 18. If the dealer goes over 21 then all hands remaining on the table must be paid.
If you finish with a total closer to 21 than the dealer’s you win and will be paid even money. If you and the dealer have the same totals you have a stand-off, you neither win nor lose.
Important thing to note is that you may not handle, remove or alter any cards used in the game variation of Pontoon. Although the dealer will call out the card totals, it is your responsibility to also check the totals are correct.

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