When to Correctly Switch in Playtech's Blackjack Switch GameBy: Ryan Alders, Wednesday January 1st 2014
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Playtech is known for having a lot of blackjack variations which provide players with new rules to try and new challenges to overcome. Blackjack Switch is a game that's based on a way of cheating in live blackjack when you're playing multiple hands. In short, you'll be able to switch your second cards between two hands before taking any other options in playing your hand. You don't have to switch, and it doesn't cost anything to do so. However, learning when to correctly switch can be difficult because it's not entirely intuitive. Here we want to give you some simple ideas on what to look for when switching.
In blackjack, you can rank your starting hands from strongest to weakest. The strongest few hands, in order, are: 21, 20, 19, AA, 11, 10, 9, 18 and 8. Your goal when switching will almost always be to create as strong of a hand as possible. In short, you'll want to increase the value of your strongest hand, according to these values, as much as possible. This strategy is based on trying to guarantee a win with one hand so that you're running on a sort of freeroll with the second hand.
There is one major exception to this switching strategy. If you're facing a dealer with a seven or eight, then you have to alter your strategy to try to balance the value of your two hands as much as possible. Sevens and eights are very neutral hands that don't often make strong hands but also don't often go bust when compared to other dealer cards. To this end, you have to play a sort of neutral strategy as well.
When you're facing a strong dealer card, you want a strong hand to go up against it. When you're facing a weak dealer card, you can make one of your hands exceptionally weak as an expense to get one of your hand exceptionally strong since the dealer has a large chance of busting overall. This is why against both weak and strong dealer cards, you should try to maximize the strength of one of your hands. However, against sevens and eights, this strategy doesn't quite work. Instead, you have to try to make your hands fairly even since that is the match-up that performs the best against these two particular dealer cards.
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