Specific features of Blackjack Switch
Blackjack Switch has practically all basic features of classical blackjack game. However, it has a certain specific feature that puts it apart from the rest of blackjack variations. According to the rules of Blackjack Switch, it is possible to trade cards between two different hands. This would be considered cheating in any other blackjack variation, but in Switch it is part of the legal game procedure.
The aim of Blackjack Switch remains the same as in regular blackjack: the player is supposed to get a total hand value higher than that of the dealer's without exceeding 21, or going bust. Blackjack Switch offers a favorable improvement to the regular blackjack probabilities as it allows switching cards between two hands in order to get better hands.
The game of Blackjack Switch is played with 6 or 6 decks of 52 cards. The cards get the same value as in classical variant of blackjack. But the overall process of the game differs from that in the classical blackjack:
- The game begins with the players making two Blackjack Switch bets of equal amount. After this the player gets two hands of two cards each. Like in regular blackjack, the dealer gets only two cards, one dealt face-up and the other face-down.
- The player plays both hands in turn from the right to the left. The player can only switch the second card dealt to his or her hands. This card can be switched only before the player makes any decisions like hit or stand.
- The player can make all decisions of the classical blackjack, even split pairs. In such case the cards will be split into four different hands.
Blackjack Switch rule variations
- The dealer always hits on "Soft 17" and draws another card if he or she gets an Ace counted as 11.
- "Natural blackjack" pays even money instead of the 3 to 2 payout in regular blackjack, due to the fact that the player's odds are higher in Blackjack Switch.
- With total hand value of 22 the dealer doesn't actually go bust in Blackjack Switch. In fact, such hand makes a push whatever the player's total hand value. But if the player gets a "blackjack", he or she still wins.
- The rule of "Ace Face". If the player's face-up card is an Ace or a picture, the dealer is supposed to check his or her cards for a "blackjack" prior to all players' decisions. In case the dealer has "blackjack" and the players don't, the dealer wins. If the player gets "blackjack" prior to switching cards, the hand makes a push and the player gets his or her bet back.
Different casinos offer some extra variable rules. For instance, in some casinos the player is able to make an early surrender and lose one of the bets or surrender both hands. Sometimes, if the player gets "blackjack" after switching cards, it is considered a 21-valued hand.
House edge for Blackjack Switch ideally makes about 0.16% in 6-deck games and about 0.18% in games with 8 decks in play in case the player uses perfect basic blackjack strategy and chooses the location with most favorable rule variations.