18.1 Where the game in play is “Pontoon” the approved rules of Blackjack shall apply, except where the rules are inconsistent with the rules of “Pontoon”, in which case the rules of “Pontoon” shall prevail. The layout cloth covering the table shall be marked in a manner substantially similar to that shown in diagram “D” or “E” with:
18.1.1 a minimum of five and a maximum of nine playing areas designated for the placement of wagers;
18.1.2 an area for the placement of insurance wagers;
18.1.3 where the Pontoon Pandemonium option is available an area for the placement of Pontoon Pandemonium wagers;
18.1.4 inscriptions to the effect that:
184.108.40.206 pontoon pays 3 to 2,
220.127.116.11 Dealer must stand on hard 17 or soft 18;
18.104.22.168 Insurance pays 2 to 1;
18.1.5 the name and/or logo of the casino imprinted thereon.
18.2 The following additional equipment shall also be used in the game Slot Gampang Menang of Pontoon:
18.2.1 surrender buttons;
18.2.2 where the Pontoon Pandemonium wager is offered a jackpot button and an electronic meter which displays the winning Pontoon Pandemonium bonus prize.
18.3 Additional Definitions
18.3.1 In the game of Pontoon the following meanings apply:
22.214.171.124 “forfeit” means that the player has the option after doubling to have the dealer return the doubled portion of the wager to the player and forfeit the original wager;
126.96.36.199 “jackpot button” is a device offered to a player with a winning “Pontoon Pandemonium” wager, which when activated randomly selects a bonus prize payable to each player in the playing area with a “Pontoon Pandemonium” wager;
188.8.131.52 “pontoon” means an Ace and any card having a point value of ten dealt as the initial two cards to a player or a dealer except that this shall not include an ace and a ten point value card dealt to a player who has split pairs;
184.108.40.206 “surrender” means that where the dealer’s initial card is equal to a Jack, Queen, King or Ace the dealer shall, after the initial deal and prior to any further cards being dealt, offer the player the option to surrender an amount equal to half of their original wager;
220.127.116.11 “surrender buttons” means the buttons placed on of a bet to indicate that the bet has been surrendered.
18.4 The Cards
18.4.1 The game of Pontoon shall be played with either six decks or eight decks of cards, with the backs the same color and design and a cutting card. Each deck shall have 48 cards without jokers and the four Tens shall be removed i.e. Ten of Hearts, Diamonds, Clubs and Spades.
18.5.1 Where the dealer’s first card is an Ace, a player who has achieved pontoon shall not be eligible to place an insurance wager.
18.6.1 Subject to rule 18.6.4, where the dealer’s first card is a Jack, Queen, King or Ace, any players who do not have pontoon have the option to surrender half their original wager. Any player(s) who wish to surrender must do so before the commencement of the subsequent deal.
18.6.2 A marker button will be placed on of the surrendered wager and no further cards shall be dealt to that hand.
18.6.3 If a player controlling the playing area elects to surrender, the player(s) with a wager on the same playing area shall have the option to surrender. If the other player(s) do not surrender, the condition that no further cards shall be dealt to that hand remains unchanged.
18.6.4 If the player controlling the playing area elects not to surrender, player(s) wagering on the same playing area may not choose to surrender.
18.6.5 Where the dealer obtains pontoon, the surrender shall be void and the player shall lose their entire wager.
18.6.6 Where the dealer does not achieve pontoon the dealer shall complete theirhand and collect all surrendered wagers in the final settlement.
18.7 Interim Settlement
18.7.1 Upon completion of the initial deal and before the subsequent deal where a player has pontoon the dealer shall pay the wager(s) on that hand at odds of 3 to 2 and remove the cards dealt to that playing area and place them in the discard rack, except where the player(s) has also placed a Pontoon Pandemonium wager in which case the cards shall be placed face up under the Pontoon Pandemonium wager.
18.7.2 During the subsequent deal and before the final settlement;
18.104.22.168 where a player achieves a point total of 21 the dealer shall pay the wager(s) in accordance with rule 18.13, Table 1 and then remove the cards dealt to that playing area and place them in the discard rack.
22.214.171.124 where a player achieves the Super Bonus the dealer shall pay the wager(s) in accordance with rule 18.13, Table 1 and remove the cards dealt to that playing area and place them in the discard rack.
126.96.36.199 where a Super Bonus is achieved on a round of play and there are other players wagering on that round the dealer shall pay any other player’s bonus payments according with rule 18.13, Table 1 before removing the Super Bonus cards and placing them in the discard rack.
18.7.3 The dealer may, with the approval of a Pit Manager or above, pay the said wagers(s) at Final Settlement in accordance with rule 18.13, Table 1.
18.8 Subsequent Deal
18.8.1 Players may stand on the total of any two cards.
18.9.1 A player may elect to double by wagering an amount equal to their original wager on:
188.8.131.52 the player’s original two cards (excluding pontoon); or
184.108.40.206 the first two cards of any split pair (except when splitting Aces); or
220.127.116.11 any hand with a point total of less than 21 formed with a third or subsequent card; provided that only one additional card shall be dealt to any hand on which a player has elected to double.
18.9.2 An Ace in the initial point total of any double shall have a value of one not eleven.
18.9.3 All winning double wagers shall be paid at odds of 1 to 1 and shall not be eligible for payout odds and Super Bonus odds as set out in rule 18.13, Table 1.
18.9.4 If the player controlling the playing area elects to double, player(s) with a wager on the same playing area shall also have the option to double on that hand before the additional card is dealt. If the other player(s) do not double, the condition that only one additional card shall be dealt to that hand remains unchanged and player(s) shall not be eligible for payout odds and Super Bonus odds as set out in rule 18.13, Table 1.
18.9.5 Subject to rule 10.5 a player who has elected to double, after receiving his/her next card (the card that constitutes the double) shall indicate whether he/she wishes to forfeit the original wager and retain his/her doubled portion. This shall be done before the next hand in turn is acted on.
18.9.6 Where the player(s) indicates that he/she wishes to forfeit the dealer shall return the double portion to the player(s), remove the original wager. If all bets on the playing area are forfeited the cards will be collected and placed in the discard rack.
18.9.7 Other player(s) with a doubled wager on the same playing area shall have the option to forfeit regardless of whether the player controlling the playing area elects to forfeit.
18.9.8 Subject to rule 10.5 and 18.104.22.168 if the dealer obtains pontoon after a player doubles, the dealer shall collect only an amount equivalent to the original wager and shall not collect the additional amount wagered in doubling.
18.10.1 A player splitting Aces or 10-point value cards shall not be capable of achieving a pontoon.
18.10.2 If the initial two cards dealt to a player are sevens of the same suit and the player elects to split to form two hands the “Super Bonus” payout as set out in rule 18.13, Table 1 shall not apply in the event that an additional seven(s) of the same suit is drawn to any of the split hands.
18.10.3 Subject to rule 10.5 and 22.214.171.124, if the dealer obtains pontoon after a player splits a hand, the dealer shall only collect an amount equal to the player’s original wager.
18.10.4 Subject to rule 12.5, a player splitting aces shall receive one, and only one, additional card on each ace which shall be dealt face upwards and placed sideways on the layout.
18.11 Additional Cards to the Dealers Hand
18.11.1 Except as provided in rule 13.4, a dealer shall draw additional cards to the dealer’s hand until a hard total of 17,18,19,20 or 21 or a soft total of 18, 19, 20 or 21 is attained, at which point no additional cards shall be drawn.
18.12 Final Settlement
18.12.1 Settlement of wagers remaining on the table after the completion of the dealer’s hand shall be as follows:
126.96.36.199 a player having pontoon shall win and be paid at odds of 3 to 2 regardless of the point total of the dealer;
188.8.131.52 a player having a point total of 21 shall win and be paid in accordance with rule 18.13 Table 1 regardless of the point total of the dealer;
184.108.40.206 a player having achieved the Super Bonus shall win and be paid in accordance with rule 18.13 Table 1, regardless of the point total of the dealer. All other players who wagered on the round of play shall be paid a bonus payment of $50;
220.127.116.11 a player having a point total of 20 or less shall win and be paid at odds of 1 to 1 if the dealer’s hand has a point total in excess of 21;
18.104.22.168 a player having a point total of 20 or less shall win and be paid at odds of 1 to 1 if the point total exceeds that of the dealer’s hand;
22.214.171.124 an insurance wager made under the provisions of rule 8 shall win and be paid at odds of 2 to 1 if the dealer achieves a pontoon;
126.96.36.199 a player having a point total of 20 or less shall lose an amount equal to their original wager if the dealer achieves a pontoon;
188.8.131.52 a wager, other than a player’s original wager, made in accordance with rules 11, 18.9 and/or 12, 18.10 shall constitute a stand off if the dealer achieves pontoon;
184.108.40.206 a wager on a hand having a point total of 20 or less shall lose if the point total of the dealer exceeds that of the player without exceeding 21;
220.127.116.11 a wager on a hand having a point total of 20 or less with the same point total as that of the dealer’s hand shall constitute a stand off;
18.104.22.168 the non-surrendered portion of a player’s wager, made in accordance with rule 18.6, shall be called a stand off, where the dealer achieves a point total other than pontoon. Where the dealer achieves pontoon it shall lose.
18.13 Payout Odds.
18.13.1 Winning hands as specified in rules 18.7 and 18.12 shall be paid in accordance with the payout odds and bonus odds as set out in Table 1.
Table 1 PAYOUT ODDS
Pontoon 3 to 2
5 Card 21* 3 to 2
6,7,8 mixed suits* 3 to 2
7,7,7 mixed suits * 3 to 2
6 card 21* 2 to 1
6,7,8 same suits (except spades)* 2 to 1
7,7,7 same suits (except spades)* 2 to 1
7 or more card 21* 3 to 1
6,7,8 all spades* 3 to 1
7,7,7 spades* 3 to 1
All other winning wagers 1 to 1
Super Bonus ** $1000 if player bet is $5 to $24
7,7,7 same suit and dealer first card any 7 pays $5000 if player bet is $25 or greater
All other players who wagered on the round of play in which there is a Super Bonus winner shall receive a Bonus payment of $50
* All winning double wagers shall be paid at the odds of 1 to 1 and shall not be eligible for payout odds as displayed above.
**Super Bonus does not apply where hands have been split or doubled.
18.13.2 The payout schedule listed above shall be shown on a sign on the table.
18.14 Pontoon Pandemonium (Optional)
18.14.1 The casino operator may at its discretion offer players the opportunity to make Pontoon Pandemonium wagers in accordance with this rule.
18.14.2 Where the Pontoon Pandemonium wager is offered, and the game of Pontoon is played at a table with a layout cloth marked in a manner substantially similar to that shown in diagram E, a player may elect to place a Pontoon Pandemonium wager before the round of play commences. The Pontoon Pandemonium wager shall be placed in the appropriate playing area of the layout corresponding to the area where the initial wager was placed. Up to three Pontoon Pandemonium wagers shall be allowed per playing area.
18.14.3 The amount required to make a Pontoon Pandemonium wager shall be shown on a sign at the table, and a player wishing to make a Pontoon Pandemonium wager must first have placed an initial wager in one or more playing areas.
18.14.4 A Pontoon Pandemonium wager shall win if the player(s) hand is pontoon as defined in rule 22.214.171.124.
18.14.5 A Pontoon Pandemonium wager shall lose if the player(s) hand is not pontoon as defined in rule 126.96.36.199.
18.14.6 The bonus prize for a winning “Pontoon Pandemonium” wager is determined by random selection, initiated by the pressing of the jackpot button. The possible bonus prize will be one of the possible prize outcomes shown below. The possible bonus prize outcomes shall be shown on a sign on the table. Possible prize awarded for each $1 wagered on Pontoon Pandemonium:
18.14.7 Losing Pontoon Pandemonium wagers shall be collected, by the dealer, after the initial deal and prior to the subsequent deal.
18.14.8 Where a player achieves pontoon and has placed a valid Pontoon Pandemonium wager the dealer shall pay the pontoon wager in accordance with rule 18.7.1 and shall place the cards face up under the Pontoon Pandemonium wager(s) and continue the round of play until each wager for that round of play has been settled.
18.14.9 After the dealer has completed the round in play the dealer shall for each box with a winning Pontoon Pandemonium wager offer the jackpot button to eligible player(s) starting from the dealer’s left until all Pontoon Pandemonium wagers have been decided and settled.
18.14.10 When more than one player wagers on a Pontoon playing area, the player who controls the playing area according to rule 5.5 shall be entitled to press the jackpot button first, providing they have also placed a valid Pontoon Pandemonium wager. The result shall be determined and the wager paid prior to offering the jackpot button to the next player wagering in the same playing area.
188.8.131.52 The second player, whose wager is directly behind the wager of the controlling player, shall be entitled to press the jackpot button next, providing they have also placed a valid Pontoon Pandemonium wager. The result shall be determined and the wager paid prior to offering the jackpot button to the next player wagering in the same playing area.
184.108.40.206 The third player, whose wager is directly behind the wager of the second player, shall be entitled to press the jackpot button next, providing they have also placed a valid Pontoon Pandemonium wager.
18.14.11 A player with a valid Pontoon Pandemonium may nominate a person to activate the jackpot button on his or her behalf.
18.14.12 Where a player with a valid Pontoon Pandemonium declines to press the jackpot button, or to nominate a person to activate the jackpot button on his or her behalf, a casino supervisor shall activate the jackpot button.
18.14.13 Subject to rule 18.15.4 the jackpot button may only be pressed once for each winning Pontoon Pandemonium wager.
18.15.1 A player who refuses to accept the card referred to in rule 16.2 shall not receive any additional cards during that round of play provided that a player who has less than two cards on his/her hand shall be required to receive an additional card until his/her hand has two cards.
18.15.2 Subject to rule 5.5, where a player makes a wager in accordance with rule 5 and is not present to make decisions with regards to the cards dealt to the playing area containing the wager, no further cards shall be dealt to that playing area.
18.15.3 A card found in a shoe that does not form part of the 48 cards that make up a deck will result in the following:
220.127.116.11 the result of any rounds of play previously completed shall stand;
18.104.22.168 the round of play where the foreign card is found shall be declared void and all monies returned for that round of play;
22.214.171.124 the remainder of the shoe shall then be declared void and the deck checked for any further foreign cards.18.15.4 If, during the course of offering the jackpot button to a player with a winning Pontoon Pandemonium wager, the button is activated by a person not entitled to do so, the player who was so entitled to press the jackpot button in accordance with rule 18.14.10 shall be given the option of accepting the result that eventuated or pressing the jackpot button again.
18.15.5 Subject to 18.15.4 in the instances where the jackpot button is activated at a time other than in the course of offering the button to a player with a valid Pontoon Pandemonium wager, the result shall be void.
18.15.6 In the event of an electronic failure, the Pontoon Pandemonium wager will not be offered to patrons and the regular game of Pontoon shall be conducted.
18.15.7 If, during the round of play, the Pontoon Pandemonium equipment malfunctions or an electronic failure occurs the result shall be void and winning Pontoon Pandemonium wagers shall be settled with a payout of $25 or an amount equivalent to the Pontoon table minimum, whichever is the greater.
- General Provisions
19.1 A person shall not, either alone or in concert with any other person, use or control at or near a gaming table or location related to the playing of a game a calculator, computer, or other electronic, electrical or mechanical apparatus or device that is capable, with respect to a game or a part thereof, of recording, projecting, analyzing or transmitting an outcome or the changing probabilities or the playing strategies to be used.
19.2 Rule 19.1 shall not apply to use or control by an agent or employee of the casino operator or an inspector where such person is acting in the course of their duty.
19.3 Where a casino supervisor is satisfied that a person has contravened any provision of rule 19.1, he/she may:
19.3.1 declare that any wager made by the person is void;
19.3.2 direct that the person shall be excluded from further participation in the game;
19.3.3 exclude the person from the casino in line with the provisions of section 79 of the Act;
19.3.4 cause the person(s) in possession of a prohibited device to be detained until such time as an inspector or a police officer has attended and assumed responsibility for the situation.
19.4 A casino supervisor may invalidate the outcome of a game if:
19.4.1 the game is disrupted by civil commotion, fire, riot, brawl, robbery, an act of God; or
19.4.2 any fraudulent act is perpetrated by any person that, in the opinion of the casino supervisor, affects the outcome of the game.
19.5 Where the outcome of a game is invalidated under rule 19.4, all wagers made by the players for that particular result may be refunded provided that a casino supervisor may direct that the wager of any player referred to in rule 19.4.2 be forfeited.
19.6 A player shall not be advised by an employee of the casino on how to play, except to ensure compliance with these rules.
19.7 No spectator or any player wagering at any table may, unless requested by a player, attempt to influence, influence or offer advice to that player regarding that player’s decisions of play.
19.8 A casino supervisor may close a gaming table at which players are present provided a sign showing the proposed time of closure has been displayed at the table for at least 20 minutes before the closure.
19.9 A player who abstains from placing any wagers for three consecutive rounds of play, while all other seats or positions at the table are in use, may be required to vacate his/her seat or position.
19.10 Players and spectators are not permitted to have side bets with or against each other.
19.11 Any dispute or complaint concerning a casino game shall be referred for decision in the first instance to a game supervisor, subject to a review (if requested) by a casino supervisor. In the absence of a game supervisor the matter shall be referred in the first instance to a casino supervisor. The decision of the casino supervisor shall be final, subject to rule 19.12.
19.12 Complainants in all unresolved disputes shall be advised of the presence of, and their right to consult, an inspector. Where a complainant requests review of the decision by an inspector, the inspector shall investigate the complaint in accordance with section 110 of the Act.
19.13 A copy of these rules shall be made available for inspection upon request.