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Blackjack Switch

Ever play two hands of poker and wish you could switch a card from each hand to improve them both? Well that’s the long and short of it at Blackjack Switch. The game was first introduced on Playtech software online casinos like Jackpot City and Casino.com to great success, and no wonder. The game is fast, easy, and a kick to play!

Blackjack Switch is played from a shoe of standard 52-card decks (usually eight decks). No bonus cards or jokers are used. The first variation of this game from regular blackjack is that players must wager on two hands, so you place a bet from your chips on two betting circles and wait for the dealer to deliver the cards. Then the fun begins.

As with regular blackjack, each player and the dealer gets two cards to start, and one of the dealer’s cards will be face-up. If the up-card is an ace, the dealer will offer insurance. Other rules are standard too, such as the dealer hitting a soft 17 and standing on a hard 17. And, some of the rules at Blackjack Switch are different, such as actually being allowed to switch cards between your two hands to improve them.

Since the rules allow you to switch the second card of each hand, suppose you are dealt a six and a 10 on the first hand, and an ace and a five on the second hand. Those two 16’s would look pretty bad on a regular game of blackjack, but with the game’s best option you can switch the five on one hand for the 10 on the other, which creates two hands that go from 16 and 16, to 11 and 21.

Players are allowed to double down on any two cards, so you can double your wager on the first hand of 11. As for the second hand, which became a 21 – the rules state that you are paid even-money on all blackjacks. So, while you do win automatically and you can’t be tied if the dealer makes a multi-card 21, you don’t get 3 to 2 on any two-card 21 at Blackjack Switch. That’s a tradeoff.

Unfortunately, there is one other tradeoff at this game:  anytime the dealer makes a 22 (a bust on a regular game) the remaining player hands are a push. That’s what you get for being allowed to switch cards. Fortunately, as with Freebet Blackjack where that 22 is a push, that dealer total doesn’t come up very often.

Rules for Blackjack Switch

  • Blackjack pays even money
  • Pairs may be split up to four times
  • Aces receive only one card
  • Players may double down on any two cards
  • Players may double down after a split

Super Match Side Bet

Players may make a Super Match side bet prior to cards being dealt each round. The wager is made once for a player’s two hands, and pays if the player is dealt at least one pair (at 1 to 1). Three of a kind pays 5 to 1; two pair pays 8 to 1 and four of a kind pays 40 to 1. The Super Match has a low 2.55% house edge, and you’ll win something about 40% of the time, so you’ll get plenty of action on the bet.

Double Down and Split Strategy

Because you can lose on a double down as well as have the dealer push when they make 22, you should only double down on 10 or 11 against a dealer 2 through 8 up-card. Only double down on soft hands of A-6 and A-7 against a dealer up-card of 5 or 6.

As for splitting hands, only split 2’s and 3’s against a dealer up-card of 4, 5 or 6. Split 6’s, 7’s and 9’s against a dealer up-card of 4, 5, 6 or 7 only. Split 8’s against a dealer up-card of 2 through 9. Always split aces.

Switching Cards Strategy

If you already know how to play blackjack, you’ll recall that players always assume the dealer has a 10-value card under their up-card. You’ll want to switch when you can improve both hands, making a split, double, or improved hand on each. When the dealer has a 7 showing, switch to make two hands of 17 or higher.

When the dealer has an 8 showing, switch to make two hands of 18 or higher. One hand higher with a double or split is almost always a good switch.

Sometimes you’ll only be able to increase the value of one hand and then hit the other hand to try and increase its total. Practice is the only way to improve your switching ability, but common sense about making one hand a near-lock winner and being happy to win one- lose one is a start.

Increasing the total of one hand and lowering the second may seem counter-intuitive, but more cards will improve a 13 than a 15, right? Of course, because you won’t bust a 13 with an ace-through 8, while only an ace-through 6 fit that 15 total without busting.

Another counter-intuitive move would be to switch one ace from an ace-ace hand, but what if it is to make both hands better? For instance, suppose the dealer’s up-card is an 8 and you are dealt an ace-ace and a 7-8. Your 15 is pretty bad, but moving the ace and the 8 makes an ace-8 (19) and an ace-7 (18). You don’t risk any more money by splitting the aces and you have a great chance to win one and push one.

By using this type of thinking you will learn more moves that can make you a Blackjack Switch master. Remember that practice makes perfect.

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