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 The History Of Pontoon
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Like other casino games, the history of pontoon is not quite clear though there are acceptable theories behind the game. Pontoon is considered the first and the original version of blackjack. Depending on the place of origin of an individual, s/he may perceive pontoon differently from other people hence pontoon should be played by gamers with the same orientation of the rules of a specific pontoon version.

Pontoon is considered as the British blackjack though blackjack is considered as the American version of vingt-et-un, a French word which literally means twenty one. Twenty one was originally played in the court of Louis XV. Napoleon Bonaparte also favored the game particularly in St. Helena. The game was considered the most famous game in the armed forces of mostly English-speaking countries during the 20th century. However, the game has no official rules hence it varied considerably from one place to another.

Today, pontoon is popularly played in Commonwealth and United Kingdom using the standard deck of cards. Though pontoon is fundamentally the same as the British version of blackjack, the games must not be confused. However, British pontoon makes use of different terms like ‘twist’ which also means to ‘hit’ as well as ‘buy’ which means to double the bet. British pontoon also has some special rules. Further, there are people who call pontoon as pontoon blackjack. The difference of pontoon blackjack with other variations is that some other versions remove cards with 10 face value though the player still needs to have a hand totaling to 21.

Pontoon, though considered an unlicensed version of Spanish 21 which is an American game, is more popular in Australia than in the United States. Nonetheless, pontoon is commonly played in casinos in Malaysia and Singapore. In Brisbane, specifically ion Treasury Casino, pontoon is called Treasury 21. In Gold Coast, particularly in Jupiter Casino, it is called Jupiter 21. In Cairns, it is called Paradise Pontoon and in Tasmania, it is called the Federal Pontoon. 

An arithmetical game, pontoon is played in the table which layout is the same as that of blackjack. The player’s goal is to acquire cards which total is more than that of the dealer but is not more than 21. The dealer will get busted and thus lose if he has more than 21 in total. Nevertheless, pontoon actually refers to an ace and a 10-point card that when any player has it, s/he can definitely beat the dealer’s pontoon. Today, the pontoon game that we are seeing is similar with Spanish 21 where cards come from a shoe or the continuous shuffling machine. Like blackjack, the face value of cards with numbers 2 to 9 is the same but aces are counted either 1 or 11, depending on the requirement of the hand. Courts are counted as 10 each.

Since the rules are very different, the players must come up with varying strategies in winning the game. It is inevitable for any player to learn about the basics of pontoon before even playing pontoon.






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