How To Play
In most ways, Blackjack Switch follows the standard Blackjack rules. The aim of the game is to form a hand as close in value to 21 as possible but without exceeding 21, which is called going bust. If your hand is closer to 21 than the dealer’s is then you have won.
In Blackjack Switch the numbered cards are worth their face values, the face cards (Jack, Queen and King) are all worth 10, and Aces are worth 1 or 11. This means that you can make 21 with just two cards, a ten card and an Ace. This is called Blackjack and it is the strongest possible hand.
At the start of a round you need to place your bet. Remember, you will always be playing two hands so your bet will be doubled. At this point, you can also place the Super Match side bet. After placing your bet, click on ‘Deal’ to receive two face up cards to each hand. At the same time, the dealer receives one face up card and one face down.
If the dealer’s face up card is an Ace or a 10-card then the dealer will peek at his cards to check for Blackjack before you play your hands. If the dealer has Blackjack he will reveal it and collect the winnings, thereby saving time.
Furthermore, if the dealer’s face up card is an Ace you will be offered the chance to take out Insurance against him having Blackjack. Insurance costs half of your original bet and if the dealer does have Blackjack you are paid at 2:1 on the insurance, thereby ensuring that you do not lose the original bet.
You then have a number of options for each hand. The first one to be aware of is ‘Switch’. This will swap the top two cards of each hand. Play then continues as it does in a regular Blackjack game. You have the option to Hit’, ‘Stand’ and ‘Double’. Choosing ‘Hit’ will deal another card to the hand, if this card doesn’t send you bust then you will have the chance to Hit again. Choosing ‘Stand’ leaves the hand as it is and allows play to move on. You should choose ‘Double’ if you think that one more card will allow you to beat the dealer. You will receive one more card to that hand and the game then moves on to the next hand or dealer.
If the two cards in a hand have the same value then you can choose ‘Split’. This separates the cards into two hands and you can play them individually. However, you cannot switch cards between a split hand.
The dealer will always draw cards until his hand is worth at least 16. If the dealer has a hard 17 then they will stand, but they will hit on a soft 17. A hand is considered soft if it contains an Ace.
Blackjack Switch offers slightly different payouts to regular Blackjack. All winning are paid at 1:1, including Blackjack. If your hand is worth the same as the dealer’s then the bet is returned as a push.
The game also has a special Push 22 rule. If the dealer’s hand is worth 22 then your bet is returned as a push, unless you have Blackjack, in which case it wins at 1:1.
At the start of a round you have the chance to place the Super Match side bet. It pays out if your initial 4 cards contain 2 or more matching cards. It pays 1:1 for one pair, 3 of a Kind pays at 5:1, two Pairs pays at 8:1 and Four of a Kind pays 40:1.