Over the years, many different variants of blackjack have been created to give players exciting new dimensions to this classic, enjoyable game. One version that has really taken off in the industry is known as blackjack switch. As the game’s name implies, this game involves a procedure found similar to players who cheat and switch cards between two hands – only this time it is totally legal!
Essentially, blackjack switch involves the player being dealt two hands of cards, instead of the one hand traditionally dealt in classic blackjack. The main idea of blackjack switch is that the player can make two bets of equal size on each hand and is allowed to switch the second card dealt in each hand.
Being able to make a switch in this game obviously creates much better odds for the player. As a result, casinos have had to counter this advantage with rules that differ to classic blackjack, to bring themselves a house edge once again. For example, a dealer 22 results in a push in the game, and a blackjack only pays even money, compared to higher payouts in the classic version.
So what are the basic rules of switch blackjack?
Firstly, the cards are all dealt face up, after the player has made two bets of equal sizes. Secondly, according to the rules of the game, the player is allowed to switch the second card dealt in each of these hands. So, for example, if a player gets dealt a 5 and a 9 in one hand and a 10 and 5 in another, he or she could effectively switch the 9 and the 6 to create two different hands of 11 and 19.
Blackjack switch is traditionally played with 6 decks of cards. The general rules state that the dealer hits on a soft 17. Regarding doubling rules, the player can double on any two cards and can also double after a split. However, resplitting is not allowed (ie. the player is only allowed to split once).
As stated, a dealer 22 will push against any player card total of 21 or less. However, it is important to note that a player blackjack beats a dealer 22. A player’s winning blackjack hand pays 1:1 even money.