Guide to Playing Blackjack Switch

Blackjack is by far the most popular of all casino games among serious gamblers. Only the slots get more action, and that is easily attributed to the fact that most casinos house a few thousand slot machines, but only 5 to 20 blackjack tables on average, and also because casual gamblers prefer the cheapness of slots, where a game can be played for as little as one cent. As blackjack became so widely popular among strategic players, casinos started devising new variations of the classic game of 21.

Blackjack Switch is one of those variations, and has become fairly commonplace at many online casinos. The concept of the game is the same. Players are attempting to get as close to 21 as possible on each hand without going over. However, players are given two hands to work with, and are initially given the option to switch the second card dealt to each hand with that of the other hand.

The ability to switch the second two cards gives players a much higher rate of achieving a natural blackjack. That alone is a high incentive to play Blackjack Switch. However, with the good comes the bad. There are two distinct disadvantages to playing Blackjack Switch. The first is that a natural blackjack is only paid 1 to 1, rather than the standard 3 to 2 payout awarded at classic blackjack tables. The second, and perhaps most detrimental of all to a player’s win percentage, is that when the dealer busts with a hand of 22, it is not considered a bust, but an automatic push on all player hands outside of a natural blackjack.

The remaining rules of the game are standard at most online casinos. The dealer will always hit on Soft 17 (any hand of 17 that involves an Ace counted as 11); doubling is allowed on any two cards, including after a split; splits are allowed up to four times; insurance bets are permitted; dealer will peak for blackjack when an Ace is showing.

Blackjack Switch generally provides a special side bet that players can make if they wish. Deemed the Super Match side bet, a player will win this bet if there is at least one pair of matching cards dealt to him. Since the player receives four cards, the chance of receiving a pair isn’t all that unlikely. A single pair pays 1 to 1 on the side bet. A three of a kind pays 5 to 1, two pair pays 8 to 1 and a four of a kind is worth a 40 to 1 payout.

The game of Blackjack Switch is most commonly found at online casinos powered by PlayTech software. Because of the switch ability, and the dealer’s advantage when hitting to 22, the use of a traditional blackjack strategy chart is not recommended. There are special Blackjack Switch strategy charts that can be found on the internet to advise players whether or not to switch their cards, and how to play out each hand after the potential switch in order to have the best possible odds of making a profit.