How to Know When to Switch in Playtech’s Blackjack Switch Game
April 18, 2014
Playtech is pretty good about coming up with new variations on classic games, and their Blackjack Switch title is a good example of that idea in action. This game forces you to play two hands at a time, and you are given the option to switch your back two cards before you start playing the set of hands. The normal blackjack portion of the game doesn't require much in terms of adjustments, but being able to switch correctly is a bit tricky because it's not something that blackjack players tend to have an intuitive feel for.
To this end, we want to give you a strong strategy to follow that's pretty easy to remember and that will have you correctly switching a very high percentage of the time. To start out with, you'll need to learn what the strongest hands are in blackjack because you're going to be aiming to either create one of these hands or balance the strength of your hands as much as possible based on these rankings. In order of strength, the top seven hands are 21, 20, 19, AA, 11, 10 and 9. From there, an 18 or 8 is tied for being the next strongest hand.
The vast majority of the time, you're going to follow the same basic thought process. The first thing you should do is identify your strongest hand of the two in front of you using the above rankings. Then you need to see if switching would change one of your hands to be stronger than that. If it would, then switching is the correct way to play most of the time. There is an exception to this rule, but this is the basic idea you're going to follow in almost every hand you play.
The exception to this rule is when you are facing a dealer card of 7 or 8. These are the most neutral and mid-strength cards that the dealer can have, and it requires you to have a change in strategy. Instead of maximizing the value of one of your hands, you should look to balance your hand strength between the two hands you're playing. If switching will put your two hands closer together in strength, then you should do it. If it will not, then you should avoid switching. This is a balanced approach that is better against these two particular dealer cards.