Pontoon is the American variant of another variation of blackjack, Spanish 21, which is practiced in Australia, Malaysia, Great Britain and also in Singapore. Pontoon should however, not be confused with the British blackjack variant of the same name, which itself is practiced in many Commonwealth countries and also played using several stacks of 52 cards. In Pontoon, distinct terms such as "twist" (draw), "stick" (stay) and "buy" (double) are used. It is worth noting that Pontoon has always been more popular than Spanish 21 (which is more popular in the USA) in Australia.
Variations of Pontoon
Pontoon is a highly popular variant of blackjack. It is a variation of a very Americanized version of the card game, 21: a French game that was introduced to the court at the time of Louis XV, and would later on go on to become a favourite past time of another very important personality: Napoleon. According to historians, traces of Pontoon have also been found on the island of Saint Helena. In the 20th century, Pontoon became the most popular game in the British Navy, and its popularity spread rapidly to all nations in which its members were deployed to, as a result. Pontoon, unlike blackjack has no official rules. Also, many schools of Pontoon have emerged over the years, each claiming positions that are currently very difficult to prove and verify.
The general trend involves playing Pontoon with a table whose dimensions are almost the same as that of blackjack. As is the case with blackjack, the winning hand must not exceed 21 points. Any hand consisting of an ace and a card worth 10 points allows the player an extra touch. In general, Pontoon is played from four stacks comprising 52 cards each .Cards 2-9 retain their numerical value while Figures are worth 10 points. Aces may be worth 1 point or 11 points depending on the situation and the player's choice.
Although Pontoon has made a logical conversion to digital - all online casinos offer at least one variant of Pontoon in sensational 3D graphics - several new variations "physical "of the game continue to be released . Hence Federal Pontoon, a game with very specific rules, is becoming more and more popular in Tasmania and Australia. Conventional casinos affiliated with the Jupiters brand also provide Jupiters Pontoon, which is proof of an attempt by casino owners to incorporate their own identities into the game.