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Switch Blackjack - Game Guide
Switch Blackjack switches it up to put the odds in your favor by allowing you to exchange cards between two separate hands. You can only switch the top two cards from the first draw between both hands, but Switch Blackjack still allows you to create two strong hands! The goal is still to get to 21 or to at least have a higher number than the dealer. Face cards count for 10, and the Ace can be a 1 or 11.
In Switch Blackjack, the dealer has to hit on a “soft” 17. Because you’re allowed to switch cards between hands after the first draw, a natural blackjack only pays 1:1 or even money, you can’t buy any insurance on the dealer having a blackjack and the dealer wins on a tie.
Switch Blackjack - How to Play
A dealer hard 22 pushes all player hands except a natural blackjack.
As in any game of Blackjack, the goal is to reach 21 or get as close to 21 as possible without going over. In Switch Blackjack, you can switch your top two cards between hands. That’s where you get the edge, but the trade-off is that a natural 21 pays even money in Switch Blackjack.
The minimum bet amount in Switch Blackjack is $1. After making your wager, the dealer deals your first card up while dealing her first card down. Once you’ve received your two cards, you can Stand or Hit. If you hit, you get another card, and you keep getting cards until you are satisfied with the number you’ve got. Remember that if you bust, if you go over 21, you lose.
If you’re closer to 21 than the dealer, though, you win. You don’t get a bonus for hitting a natural 21 in Switch Blackjack because of the edge that you get with being able to switch cards.
Switch Blackjack almost becomes a Single Deck Blackjack game except the dealer has to hit on a “soft” 17.
Switch Blackjack - Bet Types
There is only one bet per hand in Switch Blackjack and you must place a wager on both hands. You can make the minimum bet all the way up to the maximum bet before any cards are dealt. The key is to switch your cards appropriately after the draw to maximize the best chance of winning both hands.
Switch Blackjack - Minimum and Maximum Bet Amounts
The minimum bet in the online casino for Switch Blackjack is $1 per hand.
The maximum bet in the online casino for Switch Blackjack is $50 per hand.
Switch Blackjack – Payouts
You win what you bet. If you bet $50 per hand and you win both hands, you win $100 profit. If you win with a natural blackjack, you show exactly 21 on your first 2 cards, you win even money in Switch Blackjack
Switch Blackjack - Strategy/Tips
The strategy in Switch Blackjack is to create the best possible hands by switching the top two cards. As with other Blackjack games, you should strategize around the upcard, the card that you can see, but in Switch Blackjack the strategizing starts before you decide to hit or stay. See an exmaple
Dealer’s upcard is a 5 and you have an 8 and your top card is a Jack (10) for one hand and a Queen (10) with your top card a 4 for the other hand.
What you should do in Switch Blackjack is trade the Jack and 4 so that you have one hand with a Jack and Queen (20) and the other hand with an 8 and 4 (12). You’ve just created an exceptionally strong hand, the Jack and Queen, and you’ve put yourself into the game with the 8 and the 4.
Blackjack – Glossary
blackjack – A total of 21 in a hand played in Blackjack.
bust – Exceeding the total of 21 in a single hand played in Blackjack resulting in a loss.
deck – A deck of cards. There are 52 cards in a deck.
double deck – Playing with 2 decks, 104 cards as opposed to 52.
double down – Doubling your wager for only one more card.
hard 17 – Any combination of 17 that doesn’t contain an Ace.
high limit – Playing in a game with a high minimum, usually at least $50, and a high maximum, usually at least $500.
hit – To “hit” simply means to ask for another card.
insurance – Insurance is a side bet that pays 2:1 on half of your wager. You will only be offered insurance if the dealer shows an Ace. If the dealer gets a natural blackjack, you lose your original wager, but you win the insurance bet.
multi-hand blackjack - - A variation of Blackjack where 3 to 5 decks are used and the player can play from 3 to 5 hands per deal.
natural blackjack – Hitting a blackjack with a 10 or face card and an Ace
push – A push is a tie. Example: you show 16 and the dealer shows 16.
shoe – A box on an incline from where the dealer draws cards.
soft 17 – In Blackjack a 17 that’s created with an Ace. For example: Ace, 6 or Ace, 3, 3. It’s called a soft 17 because no matter what card is received next, the hand can’t bust.
split – Creating two separate blackjack hands from the first two cards dealt.
stand – Not accepting any more cards from the dealer.
switch – In Switch Blackjack trading your top cards between two separate hands.
upcard – The card that the dealer shows off the draw.