For BlackJack players - what do you think?

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This is a special question for skilled BJ players. I'm asking about BJ Switch. Does player able to receive any advantage playing this game?
Rules:
Blackjack Switch is an unusual version of blackjack. It allows the player to switch the last cards dealt to his two hands. For example, if one hand has 610 and the other has 95, the player may switch the 10 and 5 to get two hands of 11 and 19 points.
Main Features
The player must place at least two bets on any pair of neighbor boxes. If the player wants, he can play on two pairs of boxes. On each pair, the bets must be equal but on different pairs they dont have to be.

On each pair, the player may make an additional bet on the bonus that is called Super Match.

The player may switch the last card dealt to each paired hand.
If the player switches to a blackjack, it is treated as an ordinary 21 points.
A player blackjack pays even money.

When the dealer has a total of 22, he will push against any player total of 21 or less. However, a player blackjack will still win.

Any two cards can be doubled, including after a split.

Hands can be split no more than three times, meaning the maximum number of combinations on a single box is four.

The player cannot surrender.

The dealer does not take a hole card. The dealer stands on soft 17.
If the dealer has an Ace, the player can purchase insurance against the dealer getting a blackjack. Insurance costs one-half of the bets size. The player is offered a chance to purchase insurance before the play on the relevant box.

The game uses six decks and the cards are shuffled before every hand.

BetVoyager features our conventional version of this game and a version with no house edge. In the version with no house edge, blackjack with an AceKing of spades pays 2:1, eliminating the house edge on the basic bet. All other forms of blackjack pay even money. Please note that the casino retains its advantage for any bets on the bonus.
 

EasyRhino

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BJ Switch can have a somewhat lower house edge than regular BJ, depending on rules. It also typically has lower volatility per dollar wagered. It can even be card-counted.

But no, there's no obvious way to get an advantage online playing it. It also suffers from having to force both switching decisions AND somewhat different basic strategy play.
 

Grey

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It looks very pleasant.
I didn`t see anywhere BJ with such possibilities.
Maybe someone know anything like this?

I prefer more their BJ Diamond with equal odds ( blackjack with an Ace-King of spades pays 5:2).
 

aka23

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BJ Switch can have a somewhat lower house edge than regular BJ, depending on rules. It also typically has lower volatility per dollar wagered. It can even be card-counted.

But no, there's no obvious way to get an advantage online playing it. It also suffers from having to force both switching decisions AND somewhat different basic strategy play.
Agreed. I estimate a small house edge between 0.0 and 0.1% with optimal strategy. However, I've never seen optimal strategy under these rules, so I expect that hardly anyone will use it.
 

funky_seagull

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I have noticed quite often, at least with the playtech version, I often get 2 weak hands, which makes no difference if swapped, and occasionally you get an advantage being able to swap, but most of the time, you don't get anything special, and the dealer can often get 22 and push your winning hands away, and the dealer can often get stronger hands than yours and no matter what you do, you can't win.... not saying they're cheating, it can feel like it at times. But I think maybe it is due to cards being shuffled after every hand, this can result in long losing sessions depending on what order the cards are randomly shuffled in... this can sometimes work the other way, and long winning sessions can occur..

But my experience following the optimal strategy for online blackjack switch has been a long term loss, so I don't really rate it that much... but I could just be deeply unlucky....
 

aka23

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Let me link to the excellent BJ switch strategy page at
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written by one GM. :)
Note that this is a S17 game, rather than a H17 game like the one with the listed strategy and switch decisions. I have no idea how much HE would change by using the standard strategy instead of one optimized for these rules.
 
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