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For BlackJack players - what do you think?

Discussion in 'Online Casinos' started by SlotMonster, Feb 8, 2009.

    Feb 8, 2009
  1. SlotMonster

    SlotMonster SoftSwiss Representative webmeister

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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:
     
  2. Feb 9, 2009
  3. EasyRhino

    EasyRhino Dormant account

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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.
     
  4. Feb 9, 2009
  5. Grey

    Grey Dormant account

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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).
     
  6. Feb 9, 2009
  7. aka23

    aka23 Dormant account

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    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.
     
  8. Feb 10, 2009
  9. GrandMaster

    GrandMaster Ueber Meister CAG

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    Let me link to the excellent BJ switch strategy page at You must register/login in order to see the link. written by one GM. :)
     
  10. Feb 11, 2009
  11. funky_seagull

    funky_seagull Dormant account

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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....
     
  12. Feb 11, 2009
  13. aka23

    aka23 Dormant account

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    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.
     
  14. Feb 11, 2009
  15. Jasminebed

    Jasminebed Closer to 100 than Birth

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    Thanks a lot GM. This game is offered at a nearby B&M and I've been wanting to try it...you can usually get a seat, which you can't always at the regular BJ tables, at least the low limit ones.
     

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