This game screenshot looks just like Blackjack!
Pontoon Game in Progress
OK, now here is a game in process. What does it look like to you now! Still look the same? Well, what would you do in this hand – stand or hit? WTF!
OK, so now you understand the primary difference between Pontoon Blackjack and regular Pontoon Blackjack.
In fact, there a few major differences. the last game screen shows a player hand of 12 – but there are no dealer cards shown. Correct – dealer cards are dealt face down. The player must make all their decisions in the dark – without know anything about the dealers hand.
OK, you say to yourself ” I’ll play it safe and not hit when I could bust”. Now look again. The player has a 12 hand – and their only options are to hit or double. Only a fool would double on that. Plus, what happened to the stand option – it got eliminated – players must hit on 14 or less! Double – WTF.
The player bet $100, got an Ace and King of diamonds and was paid $200. That’s right a ‘pontoon’ pay 2 to 1 while regular blackjack pays 3 to 2 – or $150 in regular blackjack.
If the player also wins on a 5 card hand, they get 2 to 1 – but the dealer wins ties. Ah – not quite a fair trade-off is it?
While the house edge is still a respectably low 0.38% – I prefer face up 21 where not only can I see one dealer card – I can see both of them!
Complete Rules To Face Up 21
Pontoon pays 2 to 1
five cards pays to 2-1
dealer wins ties
dealers 5 card beats players 5 card
dealer cards face down
dealer must hit soft 17
player must hit 14 or less
double once anytime
hit after double allowed
split up to two times