How to Become a Pontoon Master and Maximize Your Winnings

In terms of classic casino games there are very few that beat Blackjack. Both online and in Las Vegas type establishments this is one of the most popular games around. If you are one of the millions that enjoy playing Blackjack, you will love a game of Pontoon.

On the surface the two look the same and the object is still to get as close to 21 as possible but there are a few tweaks to the rules that makes it a really fun and exciting game to play. How does the idea of doubling down even though you have more than two cards on the table sound? This only increases the possibility of success and we love it!

Let’s take a closer look at some of the terminology and tweaks that make this game a winner and will turn you into one as well.


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Double Down with more than two cards

One of the things we feel is missing in Blackjack is the option of doubling down if you have more than two cards. We can’t tell you how many times over the years we have wished we could have as it would have made us a lot of money. This window is wide open in Pontoon and is the perfect move if you draw a low or soft hand and taking advantage of this option can fully maximize your profits.

The Five Card Trick

One of the special rules in this game is called a five-card trick. On your hunt towards the magical 21, you can sometimes get dealt a whole bunch of low cards. In Pontoon, this works in your favor. Get five cards without going bust and it beats all other hands other than Pontoon (21). As it pays 2:1 and can also be combined with the double down rule, this means you can score a pretty sweet win. Yes, it’s not an easy achievement but it happens more often than you would think so embrace it.

Mystery Cards

When you first start playing Pontoon you will be surprised to see the dealers cards facing down, instead of up as in Blackjack. This takes away the possibility of playing strategically against the dealer as you can’t see what you’re up against. Unless you mind a bit of a challenge, this just adds to the whole experience.

Splitting your Aces

If you choose to split your aces in Blackjack, you are no longer able to cash in on the 3:2 payout for a Blackjack. This game is more generous and you can still achieve a Pontoon (21) even after doing the split. Cashing in on the 2:1 payout is therefore still very much possible and another advantage with this version of the game.

Be the Pontoon Master

As you can see, these are some of the twists that separates Pontoon from Blackjack. We find this game very exciting and a breath of fresh air so with your newfound knowledge, get out there and make the most of it. Become the Pontoon master and you can laugh all the way to the bank.