Pontoon is the British version of Blackjack. While the basic objective is the
same, to get as close as possible to 21 without busting, there are some
important differences between Pontoon and Blackjack. One difference is that a
5-card hand that doesn't bust pays 2-1. Although this doesn't happen often, it
does serve to lower the house's advantage. The two more important differences
between Blackjack and Pontoon are that in Pontoon the player must hit on 14 or
less and ties go to the dealer.
There are, also, a few variations of Pontoon. Here we will discuss only the most common aspects of Pontoon.