Pontoon is a blackjack variant offered by Microgaming, Playtech, Net Entertainment, Cryptologic, Realtime Gaming, Orbis and Gale Wind. There are many unique rule differences from traditional blackjack, including murderers, and 5-card hand pay 02:01.

Rules and Play

The player has the same options as traditional blackjack strategy, but the choices have different names. Hit called “Twist”, Booth is called “Stick”, and double-click is “buy”. Pontoon has the following rule differences from traditional Blackjack:

Blackjack is called “Pontoon” and pays 02:01. This is the best hand.

-Each 5-card hand pays 02:01. This is the second highest hand.

-Pushes be treated as losses.

-None of the dealers cards are visible until the hand is finished.

-The player can hit after a double.

-The player may double to 3 or 4 card hands.

-The player can beat and double-split Aces.

-A 2-card 21 after separation aces as a pontoon (blackjack) treated.


The following table shows the optimal strategy with default rules that are used by Playtech, Net Ent, Cryptologic, Realtime Gaming, Orbis and Gale Wind. “Number of cards” refers to the number of cards in your hand. Optimal strategy changes the number of cards to increase because 5-card hand pay 02:01. Microgaming Pontoon not allow players to hit more than one card to split aces, which in a single difference from the following table – hit a pair of aces, rather than split.

House Edge

The house advantage of gains and losses due to the rule changes from the traditional blackjack to each other, so that the house advantage of Pontoon is similar to traditional blackjack. It is 0.38% with standard rules at Playtech, Cryptologic, Orbis and Gale Wind (H17, 8 decks), 0.39% with Microgaming rules (S17, 8 decks, one card to split aces) are used , with 0.41% Net Ent (H17, 6 decks) and 0.73% with Real Time Gaming default rules (H17, 2 decks). Real Time Gaming casinos so the operator to configure the number of decks. The house edge is 0.38% at RTG casinos that choose to use 8 decks instead of 2. The above estimates on house advantage Wizard of Odds “analysis with confirmation by an independent simulation.

Variance and Bet Size

The standard deviation per original use of pontoon 1.44 and the standard differential is set per unit 1.35. This is quite a bit higher than tradtional blackjack on the increased rate of double and 2:01 withdrawals, so you may want a smaller bet size than you would use for blackjack if you have a wagering requirement with pontoon.

The following table shows the possibility of termination of the deposit above balance with unlimited bankroll, after completing a wagering requirement with 4 bet sizes.