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Official Rules of Pontoon

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  1. Opening of Table for Gaming

 

6.1 After receiving the designated number of decks of cards at the table, both the dealer and the game supervisor shall sort and inspect the cards independently of each other, ensuring the removal of all tens (10s) from the decks.

6.2 After the cards have been inspected they shall be spread out face up on the table for visual inspection by the first player(s) to arrive at the table. The cards shall be spread out in horizontal fan-shaped rows by deck according to suit and sequence. The cards in each suit shall be laid out in sequence within the suit.

6.3 After the first player has or players have had an opportunity to inspect the cards visually, the cards shall be turned face down on the table and then:

(a) chemmy shuffled (washing of the cards);

(b) stacked; and

(c) riffle shuffled.

6.4 Notwithstanding rule 6.2, when an automatic shuffler is used, each set of four to eight 48 card decks of cards may be loaded into the automatic shuffler without visual inspection by any player, after having first been:

(a) chemmy shuffled;

(b) stacked; and

(c) riffle shuffled.

 

 

  1. Shuffle and Cut of Cards

 

7.1 The cards shall be shuffled so that they are randomly intermixed:

(a) immediately before the start of play;

(b) when the cutting card or the first of the cutting cards, as the case may be, is drawn as the first card of the new round;

(c) at the end of the round during which the cutting card or the first of the cutting cards, as the case may be, appears otherwise than as the first card;

(d) at the discretion of the Togel Hongkong casino supervisor following any period during which the table has been vacant;

(e) at the direction of a game supervisor or casino supervisor where there is reason to suspect that the randomness of the shuffle has been compromised; and

(f) if any card has been exposed prior to the cards entering the shoe.

7.2 After the cards have been shuffled they shall be cut. The dealer shall offer the stack of cards, with the backs facing away from him/her, to the seated players for cutting.

7.3 The player to cut the cards shall be seated and be:

(a) the first player to the table immediately before the start of play; or

(b) the player on whose box the cutting card or the first of the cutting cards, as the case may be, appeared during the previous round of play; or

(c) the player at the farthest point to the right of the dealer if the cutting card or the first of the cutting cards, as the case may be, appeared in the dealer’s hand during the previous round of play; or

(d) the player at the farthest point to the left of the dealer if the cards are being shuffled and cut as a result of having been introduced into the game under rule 7.7.

7.4 If the player designated in rule 7.3 declines to cut the cards the cut shall be offered to each other seated player, moving clockwise around the table, until a seated player accepts the cut. If no such player does so a casino employee shall cut the cards.

7.5 The person designated by rule 7.3 or 7.4 shall cut the cards by placing the cutting card or one of the cutting cards, as the case may be, into the stack at least one deck in from either end.

7.6 When the cutting card has been inserted into the stack the dealer shall take all of the cards in front of the cutting card and place them at the back of the stack, and then insert the cutting card into the stack no more than half way in from the back of the stack. If two cutting cards are being used the second shall be placed at the back of the stack. The stack of cards shall then be placed in the card shoe for the commencement of play.

7.7 The casino operator may, after any round, direct that the cards be replaced, in which event the new cards shall be checked, shuffled and cut in accordance with sections 6 and 7.

 

 

  1. Dealing of Cards

 

8.1 After the cards have been shuffled the dealer may, at the option of the casino operator, draw and discard face down the first card of the shoe before the start of the first round. Players may upon request view the card that was drawn and discarded.

8.2 Before the start of each round the dealer shall call “No more bets”, and then, starting on the dealer’s left and continuing clockwise around the table, deal the cards in the following order:

(a) one card face up to each box on the layout containing a wager or wagers;

(b) one card face up to the dealer;

(c) a second card face up to each box containing a wager or wagers.

8.3 After the initial deal the dealer shall, starting with the player at the farthest point to the dealer’s left and continuing clockwise around the table, announce the player’s point total and allow each player in turn to indicate whether he/she wishes to double down, split pairs, stand (i.e. have no further cards) or draw (i.e. take further cards).

8.4 As each player indicates his/her decision or decisions the dealer shall deal face up whatever additional cards are required to give effect to the decision and shall announce the point total of the player’s hand after each additional card is dealt.

8.5 After the decisions of each player have been completed and any additional cards required have been dealt, the dealer shall deal a second card face up to his/her hand. Any additional cards to the dealer’s hand shall then be dealt face up, after which the dealer shall announce his/her point total.

8.6 At the end of a round the dealer shall collect all of the cards remaining on the layout in order and in such a way that the hands can readily be reconstructed in the event of a question or dispute, and place them face down in the discard rack.

8.7 Subject to rule 8.8, whenever the cutting card or the first of the cutting cards, as the case may be, is reached during a round, the dealer shall continue dealing the cards until that round is completed, after which the cards used in the game shall be reshuffled.

8.8 Whenever the cutting card or the first of the cutting cards, as the case may be, is drawn as the first card of a new round, the cards shall be reshuffled immediately.

8.9 Each player at the table shall be responsible for computing the point total of his/her hand correctly and no player shall be entitled to rely on the point total announced by the dealer.

8.10 No player or spectator may, at or near a pontoon table, use any writing implement except with the consent of the casino operator.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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