Trying Blackjack Switch For Your Table

The casino game of Blackjack Switch allows you to make a maneuver that would have gotten you escorted to a dimly lit back room in the old days while playing in a Vegas casino. This table game sanctions you to play two hands at once, and switch cards between hands for a better Blackjack hand result.

If you’re a seasoned Blackjack player that sometimes plays multiple hands at one time you probably had this scenario: After placing your wagers you were dealt two terrible hands, perhaps a fifteen (5,10) and sixteen, (10,6) against a dealer 9 up-card. You would love to switch the top cards from each hand to make a strong 20 (10,10) and an 11 (5,6) for an opportunity to double down. Of course this is cheating.

Well, now it’s legal because Blackjack Switch is here. This game is available in casinos everywhere. House rules may vary between jurisdictions.

How Blackjack Switch is Played

Six or eight decks are used in a continuous shuffle machine. Players must play two hands at once with an equal wager on each hand. Two cards are dealt face up on each hand as in regular Blackjack. The dealer shows one up-card.

Players then have the option to switch the top card in each hand to create a better hand. (As explained in the aforementioned.) After the switch is made the dealer checks his or her hole card for a Blackjack when a ten or ace is showing.The hands then play out as in regular Blackjack.

Most casinos hit soft seventeen. In some jurisdictions casinos stand on soft seventeen.

A player Blackjack is paid immediately on the original and only. A hand switched to make an ace/ten is counted as Twenty One. All doubling and splitting is allowed including double after split. Double down bets must be equal to the original wager.All pairs except aces may be re-split once.

House Rule Changes

As in every casino table game that offers more exiting player friendly options, a casino will change some rules to maintain a house edge, and Blackjack Switch is no exception. Here they are:

  • All Blackjacks pay even money instead of the usual 3/2. Also keep in mind that any hand switched to make an ace/10 is not a Blackjack.Therefore, the hand will not be paid out until the round is played out.
  • If a dealer draws to a 22 all remaining hands at the table push instead of a bust as in regular Blackjack.

Super Match Side BetThis is an optional side bet based on your four initial up-cards. A winning wager will be paid the following even if the player loses the hand:

  • One Pair – 1/1
  • Three of a Kind – 5/1
  • Two Pair – 8/1
  • Four of a Kind – 40/1

The House Edge for Blackjack Switch is 0.6% if the dealer hits soft seventeen, and a very low 0.3% if the dealer stands on soft seventeen. If you play the Super Match Side Bet, the edge jumps to 2.5%

When You Got Double Attack Blackjack

Double Attack Blackjack is another variant of this popular table game. During recent years alternates have been appearing (and disappearing) from the casino pits. The most active variants today are Blackjack Switch, Spanish 21, Free Bet Blackjack, and Three Card Blackjack.

Blackjack rules for Double Attack Blackjack gives the player the opportunity to double the play bet if he or she thinks the casino dealer has a weak up card.

How the Game is Played

A Spanish Deck s used which has 48 cards instead of the usual 52. The four 10’s are removed. Ace through 9, and J, Q, K, are all in play. Eight 48 card decks are used. Insurance pays 5/2 but a player blackjack pays even money instead of the usual 3/2 or 6/5 in some jurisdictions.

After all players place their initial wager the dealer will reveal his or her up-card. It’s important to note that this is done before any cards are dealt to the players.

Based on the value of the dealer up-card, players then have the option to Double Attack the dealer’s hand by placing an additional bet in the appropriate position. The amount must be equal to or less than the initial wager. After two cards are dealt to each player the following options are playable:

  • Double Down – on any two cards on the initial and double attack wagers up to the original bet.
  • Split – any pair. Players must place an equal amount for both the initial and double attack bets.
  • Surrender – When the dealer does not have a blackjack players can surrender one half of their wager(s) including after hitting, splitting, or doubling down.

Optional Bust It! Side BetThis optional side bet pays if the dealer busts with exactly three cards. Otherwise the bet loses.Players can wager as little as one dollar up to their initial bet but not mor than $50. Here is the winning pay table:

Third Card Bust

  • J, Q, K – Pays 3/1
  • Nine – Pays 6/1
  • Eight – Pays 8/1
  • Seven – Pays 10/1
  • Six – Pays 15/1
  • Bonus 8-8-8 Same color – Pays 50/1
  • Bonus 8-8-8 suited – Pays 200/1

Things to Consider When PlayingAccording to simple blackjack basic strategy:

  • If a dealer’s up-card is a 2 or 3, he or she is considered neutral
  • If the dealer has a 4,5, or 6, the dealer is considered weak
  • If the dealer has a 7 through ace, he or she is strong

Remember that players do not have any cards when choosing to attack or not.The insurance payout of 5/2 (for the few players that take this option) is more than double the standard 2/1 however when taking insurance players are betting that the dealer has a blackjack. With 32 10’s removed from an eight deck game, there are fewer blackjack possibilities for the dealer and player. Doubling down is also less effective in that there are fewer 10’s.

Here’s a recommended strategy when deciding to double attack or not:

  • If a dealer’s up-card is 2 or 3, make your minimum attack bet
  • If the up-card is a 4,5, or 6 make your maximum attack bet
  • If the up-card is 7 through Ace, do not make an attack bet

The game is not as prevalent in brick and mortar casinos as the aforementioned blackjack variants. For you readers in or near Niagara Falls, Canada, the game is at the Fallsview Casino. It is also available online for free and real play.Good Luck!