When you remember card games of the past Shoot Pontoon was in the top 3 games played in pubs around the UK before the explosion of Poker. 3 Card Brag was phenomenally popular at the same time as shoot pontoon.
Based on Blackjack in that the idea is to get 21, and an Ace and Picture card (King, Queen, Jack or a ten) together is called “pontoon”. It’s a simple game to play but great fun.
Below you’ll find the full rules of Shoot pontoon, an explanation about the hands, betting, the “shoot” part of the game which differs to traditional pontoon.
Shoot Pontoon is a lot like blackjack you would play at any casino.
The main differences being.
Before explain the rules of shoot pontoon, it’s best to get to grips with the terminology used. Here’s a quick rundown.
To start shoot pontoon a players needs be begin as the banker.
To do this all players take a seat, the pack of cards (standard 52 card deck) is shuffled and each player is dealt t a card face up.
Whoever has the highest card is the banker, or can choose to pas it on to the player to his left, this continues until the first banker is chosen.
Players take their seats, the deck is shuffled and each players dealt 1 card face up. The highest card is “the banker”
The bank places his “bank into the pot in the center of the table. This was normally as ashtray to make it easy to stop money rolling all over the place.
The amount the banker places in the middle for his pot is entirely up to the banker. Bear in mind that if a player decides to “shoot” everything in the middle is at risk.
You will often hear the banker have cards totally 17 for example and say “pay 18’s” this means he will pay the other player their bet if they have 18 or better, but obviously not if they are bust.
Important to remember that a 5 card tricks beats all other hands except pontoon, if both players have a 5 card trick the one closer to 21 wins, if both are equal (which I have never seen) the banker will win.
Once the game is underway and money is flying left, right and center you just need to know a few more things.
As yet you can’t play shoot pontoon online anywhere. You can however play pontoon against the casino, or play free pontoon online in our free play games section.
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