A friend of mine recently told me about Blackjack Switch. My friends rarely tell me about a casino game that I don’t know about. That sent me into research mode. I had to find out what this game was all about. I think I like what I found.
Explanation of Blackjack Switch.
- The player makes two bets on two hands of blackjack. The cards are all dealt face up. The player is allowed to switch cards between those hands. For example; if the player is dealt a 10-5 and A-5, the player can switch the hands to have 10-A and 5-5.
- Blackjack is paid 1:1 instead of 3:2 like the normal game or even 6:5 like we’re seeing more often and dealers hit on soft 17.
- If a player switches cards and get’s 21 it is not blackjack and will push against 21 or 22 by the dealer.
- The dealer plays until 22. If the dealer gets 22 then the hand is a push.
- There is also a bonus bet. The bonus bet pays anywhere from 1:1 for a pair all the way to 40:1 for four of a kind.
Blackjack Switch sounds like fun to me, but what seals the deal is the house advantage
Default House Advantage for Blackjack Switch is .58%. That can be lower depending on the house rules. The bonus bet has a house edge of 2.55%. Normal blackjack has a house edge of approximately .63%, depending on the rules.
Blackjack switch seems a lot more fun then some of the other carnival type games that I’ve tried in the casinos. I will give it a shot on my next trip to Vegas, but won’t likely go out of my way to play it. No game really makes me do that.
Wizard of odds: Blackjack switch