If you want to play Blackjack but are tired of the traditional game, we recommend that you try one of its many variants, the Blackjck Switch. The similarities to the traditional game are many, however there are several differences that make it even more exciting. Before betting we recommend that you read this article about Blackjack Switch: rules and strategy.
Who created the Switch variant
The creator of the Blackjack Switch variant is Geoff Hall who patented this variant in 2009. This American was a regular Blackjack player who did not like to lose. In a game in which he lost, he realized that the classic version of the game could be improved and be much more attractive to the user if the game allowed the first two cards to be exchanged. The idea was developed by Hall himself and finally in 2001 it was installed in the Harvey Casino in Iowa. Currently some online casinos have this variant that only the games provider Playtech offers.
Blackjack Switch: rules and strategy
If there is something that makes Blackjack Switch special, it is the possibility of changing cards, since instead of dealing one hand, two hands are dealt. And that is when the player has the possibility of exchanging the top card of each hand for another card. It is necessary to mention that each hand is played separately and that they must be placed based on the order in which the cards have been dealt.
The advantage of exchanging cards is a positive factor for the player of this variant of Blackjack. However, this advantage brings its own disadvantages. And the thing is that Blackjack Switch has two additional rules that make the system even more exciting and complex at the same time.
- The first rule is related to payment. And it is that in traditional blackjack you pay 3: 2, on the other hand in Blackjack Switch the payment is only 1: 1.
- The second rule that modifies the game is that if the dealer gets a hand of 22 points, it is considered a tie. And it is considered a tie as long as the player does not get 21 points. That is, if the player has stood with 20 points and thinks he has won the game when he sees that the dealer has 22 points, he is wrong. It is considered a tie and the amount wagered is returned to you.
These are the main differences compared to the traditional game. Regarding the dealing of cards, there is no difference. In Switch blackjack the dealer deals the cards first to the players starting from the left. And the dealer is always the last to get the cards and play.
Other strategies to consider
- It is recommended to separate the Aces if you have two.
- In the case of having 17 points or more, it is advisable to stand and wait for the dealer to play his cards. The odds of overshooting are high. In this blackjack it is impossible to count the cards, since the number of decks used is 6.
- You always have to ask for a letter when you have two 4, 5, 6, or 8.
Hit, fold, split or pass
After the cards are dealt, the player must decide whether or not he wants, depending on the cards that have touched him, to change the top card or play with the ones that have touched him. And on the Switch the player has the complete freedom to check, double, split or ask. Once the players have finished it is dealer time. As you can imagine, the dealer has very strict rules of what he can and cannot do. The rules are actually the same as in traditional blackjack. The dealer must stand whenever his cards add up to 17 or more points. And in the case of having 16 points, he is obliged to ask for a letter, running the risk of going over. Although as we have explained before, one of the differences that toughen this variant is that the dealer with 22 points, has not passed.
Notes to keep in mind
- The number of drops that are used are 6.
- The minimum bet is 1 euro and the maximum is 5,000 euros. However, it is not 100% true, since when playing double hand, the minimum bet is 2 euros, and in this case, the maximum is not 10,000, but 2,500 per hand.
- The house edge is only 0.13%.
- There is a Super Match side bet that pays 40: 1 for pairs, three of the same and four of the same. The rules allow you to change cards as many times as you need.
- By having two hands, the chances of winning are higher. The odds of getting 21 points in both hands are low. However, if it is true that you can win one hand and lose another. In this case, the benefits of winning one hand will outweigh the losses of the other hand.
- Game provider is Playtech.