Blackjack Switch is an increasingly popular variation of Blackjack, where the player is dealt not one, but two hands, and is allowed to ‘switch’ the top card from each hand to improve the chances of beating the dealer.
Like regular Blackjack, the objective of the Blackjack Switch is to get your hand of cards to a total closer to 21 than the dealers, without going ‘bust’, or over 21.
Blackjack Switch gives you a greater chance of getting a good hand. If, for example, you are dealt 11+5 in one hand, and 6+10 in the other, you can switch the top cards to create 11+10 (Blackjack), and 6+5.
You can see that it becomes much easier for the player to get Blackjack, and because of this, the rules and payouts are slightly altered. Blackjack now pays out at 1:1, not 3:2, and if the dealer gets a Hard 22 (not using an Ace), it becomes a Push, or Tie, against anything but a Natural 21.
The dealer will also Hit on a Soft 17, i.e. when he has a total of 17, with an Ace counting as 11.
To start your game, click ‘Bet’. Two equal bets will be placed, one on each hand, and the cards will be dealt to the player, face-up. You then need to decide whether to Switch any cards, to make one hand a high-scoring hand, by clicking the ‘Switch’ button, and you can then double, or split the hands independently. You can also Hit, Stand or Double Down, as in the regular game. The dealer then reveals his cards, and the outcome of the game is decided.
Blackjack Switch tables usually have a ‘Super Match’ side bet on offer. If you place a bet here, it pays out 1:1 for a pair, 5:1 for three of a kind, 8:1 for two pairs, and 40:1 for four of a kind. Note that the house edge on the Super Match bet is high.
Blackjack Switch strategies are notoriously difficult to summarise, there are so many combinations that it is best left to the players judgement, there are a few online calculators out there, but their usefulness is limited.