Blackjack Switch

Blackjack Switch

05 Aug 2016 | 08:34 Author:

Blackjack Switch is played very much like a regular game of blackjack but with some significant differences: first of all, you must play at least two hands at a time, and you are allowed to switch the two top cards between your two hands.

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In other words, if you are dealt one hand containing a 10 and a 6, and another hand with a 5 and a 10, you are allowed to switch the 6 and the 10, creating two new hands: 10, 10 and 5, 6.

Another important rule of blackjack switch is that a dealer's 22 doesn't bust - instead it automatically ties with all player hands except for a natural blackjack. And speaking of naturals, in a normal blackjack switch game they only pay 1:1 instead of the standard 3:2 in regular online blackjack games.

Blackjack Switch Strategy

As in our example above, the switch decision is quite easy, but in most situations the decision whether to switch or not is less obvious. One basic strategy often applied by first-time switch players is to swap cards in order to create one strong hand, a move that most of the times will result in a push, one winning and one loosing hand against the dealer.

There are however certain situations that indicates that this might not be the best strategy, at least not at all times.

If you are holding an ace in one hand for example, you might even be holding a natural 21 in one hand but a weak second hand, let's say a hard 13. Depending on the dealer's card, a switch decision that would break up the natural blackjack might be the right move here. A, 3 and T, T might be two more playable hands in this situation.

You can improve your soft 14 hand by drawing another card without risking going bust at the same time as your 20 hand very well might stand against a dealer's 6 through 9 hand.

Blackjack Switch Strategy Chart

This chart shows the mathematically correct ways to play after the switch decision. The reason it differs from the regular blackjack chart is because the dealer must hit on soft 17 and has already checked for a natural blackjack when the game continues.

Therefore, there are not as many occasions where splitting and doubling is beneficial for the player. Also, since the dealer can't go bust on 22, there are more situations where it's mathematically correct for the player to hit, even if risking going bust. 

Switch Side Bets

Many online casinos of today (and live casinos too for that matter), offer different variations of the blackjack switch game.

In these games, players are often offered side bets where they will be rewarded further for three- and four-of a-kind hands, small pairs et cetera.

Often there are progressive jackpots connected to hands like four 7's and so on, but with the exception of the obviously incorrect play to draw another card on 21, these side bets are only increasing the casino edge.


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