Blackjack Switch (Playtech) Rules & Strategy Card - How To Play

Preview Blackjack Switch

Blackjack Switch is the modification of the card game that uses 6 decks of 52 cards, allows you to trade cards between 2 hands and follows the "Las Vegas Strip rules" with some exceptions. The object of Blackjack Switch is for the your cards' total in either hand to be closer to 21 than the dealer's cards, without exceeding 21. Card values are the standard: Aces count as either 1 or 11, face cards as 10, and number cards as their face value.

The rules are basically the same as in standard blackjack. Except you have 2 hands, which you play in turn - first the right and then the left one, then the dealer plays his hand. You may split, double, take insurance just like in standard blackjack. The only exception is that the dealer always hits soft 17, so he always draws one more card when he has 17 with an Ace counted as 11. Also, "Blackjack" pays only 1:1 instead of 3:2 although more "Blackjacks" are created due to the hand "switching" option. Another exception is that Blackjack rule no. 5 (If the player doubles and the dealer's first card is of value 10, and the dealer gets blackjack, the player loses only the initial bet.) does not apply in Blackjack Switch.

Blackjack Switch Rules in Brief:
  • 6 card decks
  • Dealer Hits Soft 17
  • Blackjack pays 1:1
  • Switch top cards of your 2 hands
  • All doubles and splitting allowed
  • You may only split once per hand
  • You may double after a split
  • Dealer peeks for Blackjack
  • Dealer pushes on 22 (except Blackjack will still wins)
  • Optional Super Match side bet
  • One bet position

Peek Rule
This is an American hole card game, e.g. the dealer peeks for Blackjack. If the dealer's up card is an Ace or a 10-card, the dealer will peek at his cards to check for Blackjack before the player makes his moves. If the dealer does have Blackjack and the player doesn't, the dealer will win and the game round will be over. If either of the player's two initial hands makes up Blackjack, that hand pushes against the dealer and the bet for it is returned to the player.

Prior to any hits, you may switch the top cards of your 2 hands.

Push 22
Dealer will "push" on a total of 22 (except Blackjacks will still win). Whenever the dealer's hand total reaches 22 then all bets are 'pushed', regardless of their total except if a player either has a 'Blackjack', which will still win, or has Bust, which will still lose.

Super Match Bet
There is a small "super bet" circle between the standard bet areas. The super bet wins if your initial 4 cards contain 2 or more matching cards. For example, if your right hand is a Queen and a Seven, and your left hand a Queen and a Jack, you have a pair and your super bet wins. The win ratios are written on the table - your payout will be from 1:1 for a pair up to 40:1 for 4 of a kind.

Splitting Rules
If your first 2 cards have the same value, you may split them into 2 separate hands by placing a second bet equal to the original bet. You'll then draw additional cards to each hand. You may draw as many cards as you like on each split hand, but you'll receive only one card if you split 2 Aces. If you receive an Ace and a 10-value card in a split hand, it is not considered Blackjack, just 21-value hand.

Double Down
If, after you are dealt your first 2 cards, you think that the third card will allow you to beat the dealer's hand, you can double your bet. Another bet (with the same amount as your original bet) is taken out of your balance, and you are dealt one more card.

If the dealer shows an Ace in his initial hand, you are given a chance to insure your bet against him having a Blackjack. If you get Insurance, an amount equal to half your original bet is placed separately on the table. If the dealer does have Blackjack, you are paid 2 : 1 on your insurance bet. This way you do not lose your original bet (you get the 2x half your original bet, plus the insurance bet back). If the dealer does not have Blackjack, you lose the insurance bet.

Blackjack Switch Strategy

If played correctly this can lower the house edge to 0.58%. You can easily find an online casino offering such a good blackjack odds. There is also a Super Match side bet based on the player's initial 4 cards. The analysis of the Super Match paytable, probability, and return of each hand shows the house edge of 2.55% for the side bet - that's relatively good odds. The optimal strategy card is as follows:

Blackjack Switch strategy card

The strategy card is printed as table with the Dealer's up card the first row and player's 2-card combination the second column. The letters tell you what to do (Hit, Stand, Double Down or Split) depending on the different combinations of dealer's and player's hands. Optimal Blackjack Switch strategy tables for Playtech's rules are shown above for player's hard totals, soft totals, and pairs along with a legend.

Where to Play?
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