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%

Avoid Being Bad Luck On Blackjack

Most blackjack games in casinos today offer optional bonus or side bets. Once rare at a basic blackjack table they are becoming more and more widespread. The rational is simple because they carry a huge house edge. Anywhere from 3% to 20% or more compared to the 0.5% edge when playing straight up blackjack while using correct Basic Strategy. The bigger the edge, the more money the house makes.

The side bets do have an upside for the player in that all winning bonus wagers will pay out even if the player loses the original hand, and the large payouts are tempting. If you care to venture in, here are some of the most popular ones:

Twenty-One + 3

This side bet incorporates a little 3 Card Poker excitement into the mix in that your first two cards and the dealer’s up card are the determining factors. After you’ve made your BJ and optional Twenty One + 3 wagers, the combination of the three cards must equal a flush, straight flush, any straight, or three of a kind. The bet wins 9 to 1 on a six or eight deck game. The house edge is about 3%.

Royal Match 21

This one is based on your first two dealt cards:

Any two suited cards pay 2.5 to 1

A suited King & Queen (Royal Match) pays 25 to 1

A player Royal Match & dealer Royal Match in any suit pays 1000 to 1

The maximum bet allowed will vary between casinos. With the outcome based on your first two cards, the house edge is about 6%.

Bet the Set 21

This side bet focuses on your first two cards after you’ve made you’re blackjack wager and a Bet the Set wager. In some jurisdictions this bet is also known as Pair Square. If you are dealt any pair you are paid according to a pre-determined pay table based on the number of decks in play:

Single deck – pair pays 15 to 1

Double deck – pair pays 10 to 1, suited pair pays 25 to 1

Four, six or eight deck – pair pays 10 to 1, suited pair pays 15 to 1

Depending upon the number of decks in play and the pay table which varies between jurisdictions, the house edge varies between 5 & 6%.

Dealer Bust 21

Player wins if the dealer busts with various up cards showing. The winning payouts are paid according to the following table:

Bust with Ace up – Pays 10 to 1

Bust with 10 to K – Pays 4 to 1

Bust with 7 to 9 – Pays 2 to 1

Bust with 2 to 6 – Pays 1 to 1

The house edge is about 10% if the dealer stands on soft seventeen, about 8% if the dealer hits soft seventeen.

Over/Under 13

A player can wager on whether the total of his first two cards will be over, or under, 13. An exact 13 total always loses and Ace always counts as 1. The house edge for the Over 13 wager is 6.5 %, and for the Under 13, it’s 10 %. The side bet is usually offered on six- and eight- deck games.

Pair Square

A player wins if his or her first two cards are the same rank (such as a pair of 8’s). An unmatched pair (like an 8 of Clubs and an 8 of Hearts) pays 10 to 1. A matched pair (like a pair of 8’s of clubs) pays 15 to 1. The house edge is 10.6 %.

Super Sevens

In addition to your blackjack game bet, wager $1 that you will be dealt from one to three sevens resulting in the following payouts:

One seven pays 3 to 1

Two unsuited sevens pay 50 to 1

Two suited sevens pay 100 to 1

Three unsuited sevens pay 500 to 1

Three suited sevens pay 5000 to 1

The house edge is about 12% with no third card dealt and about 11% when a third card is dealt.

Lucky ladies

Here is a bet where any hand totaling 20 wins something. If you’re lucky enough to have a pair of Queens, you’ll win more, as the following pay table shows:

Pair of Queens with a dealer Blackjack – pays 250 to 1

Pair of Queens – Pays 25 to 1

Any suited 20 – pays 9 to 1

Any unsuited 20 – pays 4 to 1

The house edge is between 17 & 20 % depending on the jurisdictions pay table.

Always keep in mind that your bankroll is at a greater risk of a quicker depletion while playing blackjack games and making these tempting side bets.

Good Luck!