How To Play Switch BlackJack

How to Play Blackjack Switch

How do you like the sound of a Blackjack game where play features two hands? That's twice the excitement, right? Well, yes it is and twice the chance to win too. We are, of course, talking about Blackjack Switch, a game that requires its players to bet on two hands at the same time, each completely independent of each other, just like in most multi-handed games.

What's Behind the Name

Sure, but why call it switch? The simple answer is that this game permits players to trade the top cards between their two hands once each round, lowering the casino's edge at the same time. Other than that, the game follows the standard rules of Blackjack but with a few tweaks that you will need to be aware of.
The game dates back to 2009 and was originally intended to take the rules of Blackjack but create a variant where players have the option of optimizing their starting hand while retaining the usual options to split, double down and take insurance. In that, it has successfully achieved its mission statement and today can be found at some live casinos and all Playtech powered online casinos too.
It will obviously help if you have some experience with traditional Blackjack because this is essentially the same game but with several differences to its newer variant. For starters, as we have already noted, there is the requirement for players to make two wagers to start of the hand. Then there is also the allowance for a player to swap the second card dealt from one hand to the other.
Another new rule is that the dealer must hit on a soft 17 and push on a total of 22 against all players, except those that have a Blackjack. Also, note that if the dealer's show card is an Ace or 10, then, before you take your turn, they may peek at their hole card to see if there is a Blackjack, in which case the game ends. The dealer can only bust on 23. A switched hand that creates an Ace and a 10-value card counts as 21 but is not paid as a Blackjack and insurance is not offered in Blackjack Switch.
But, what if the dealer does not have a Blackjack? In that case, this is where the switching comes into play. When playing online, inform the software of your intention to switch by clicking the switch button.
To play at your chosen online casino, pick a Playtech powered room and choose your stake and drag it into one of the betting circles and the second bet will be automatically placed simultaneously. You are then ready to receive your cards. As with Blackjack regular, players receive two cards per hand, while the dealer also has two, one showing, one not.

Payouts are Different

Blackjack Switch plays in turn from right to left and pays evens whereas traditional Blackjack normally pays at 3/2. However, do not let that put you off as all the card swapping will only enhance your chances of getting a Blackjack. An RTP of 99.87%, the highest RTP of any Blackjack game out there, should provide ample proof of this. This is why of all of the Blackjack variations, Blackjack Switch is the best of all of them.

Check out the revamped BetUS Casino and the brand new Slots Zone, that are open for your entertainment. With over 30 brand new slots games, it's time to play and win!