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aceofspades
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May 24th, 2015 at 3:27:38 PM permalink
New game I was just watching called SWITCH HANDS BLACKJACK - have to pay a 20% ante on your bet - you get two hands - one hand of two cards dealt face down that you can't look at - another hand face up - you can switch to the hand you can't see if you want or keep your hand and play it out - seems idiotic -- you could have a 16 and switch to another 16 - you don't get to see your cards until the dealer takes away the face up hand
texasplumr
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May 24th, 2015 at 5:48:10 PM permalink
If you play one hand what happens to the ante? is it in play, or do you lose it?

I'm not really understanding. But I am intrigued.
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aceofspades
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May 24th, 2015 at 5:54:57 PM permalink
The ante is the ante is the ante - the house takes it every hand - switch or not
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texasplumr
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May 24th, 2015 at 6:08:04 PM permalink
That's like the .50 ante in the indian casinos in Oklahoma then. I don't play them and I wouldn't play this then. Just to take a chance on another hand? I don't think so. But plenty of people play them in the indian casinos. So they will probably do well.

I wasn't really sure what you meant, but I do now.

Thanks for the explanation.
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rudeboyoi
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May 24th, 2015 at 6:43:33 PM permalink
Surrender is for suckers anyways.
aceofspades
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May 24th, 2015 at 6:45:36 PM permalink
Quote: rudeboyoi

Surrender is for suckers anyways.




Had a dealer tell me to "man up" earlier when I surrendered a Q6 v dealer Ace
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May 24th, 2015 at 8:15:45 PM permalink
Quote: aceofspades

Had a dealer tell me to "man up" earlier when I surrendered a Q6 v dealer Ace



I would have said the count dictates I surrender, and you are part french
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May 26th, 2015 at 6:36:08 AM permalink
Without doing a whole lot of math, a 20% ante makes that game just sound awful. Something new and different is always interesting to read about though, thanks for the post!

p.s. on the surrender bit, I pretty much never get chastised by dealers, except for surrendering. Are they taught to berate surrender players?? They must be, because even some 'nice' dealers I've played with will AUTOMATICALLY and ROBOTICALLY say "Oh you don't want the 5 that's coming?" or "I'd never just give up half my money" when I want to surrender. Of course I let them know if they can guarantee me a 5 is next I'll always hit.
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May 26th, 2015 at 9:33:46 AM permalink
This game was at the Table Games Conference last November and took 3rd place as I recall.
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May 26th, 2015 at 11:18:07 AM permalink
I like the "Only blackjack sidebet that increases your chances of winning." line. It's like the discussion about hit rate vs net win rate.
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May 26th, 2015 at 11:53:44 AM permalink
Does the dealer check for blackjack prior to player making the decision to switch hands?

Just wondering, if I'm dealt a non blackjack, and dealer is dealt a blackjack, can I switch hands and hope to get the push
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May 27th, 2015 at 6:27:21 AM permalink
Quote: Romes

Without doing a whole lot of math, a 20% ante makes that game just sound awful. Something new and different is always interesting to read about though, thanks for the post!

p.s. on the surrender bit, I pretty much never get chastised by dealers, except for surrendering. Are they taught to berate surrender players?? They must be, because even some 'nice' dealers I've played with will AUTOMATICALLY and ROBOTICALLY say "Oh you don't want the 5 that's coming?" or "I'd never just give up half my money" when I want to surrender. Of course I let them know if they can guarantee me a 5 is next I'll always hit.



Yeah, the 20% ante seems a little excessive. Perhaps if they took that away and replaced it with "regular" Blackjacks paying 6 to 5, this might be interesting.
With regards to the surrender criticism: usually, when a player surrenders the cards are put in the discard rack before hands that are stood on. This "ruins the order of the cards" on the next shoe. I hate it when a dealer (or player) criticizes anything that I do...especially if I end up winning the hand. If another player makes a "stupid" play that works, I say "congratulations" even if I end up losing my hand because I know that how another player plays does not cause other players to lose.
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June 6th, 2015 at 10:27:38 AM permalink
43% of the time your 2 face-up cards will be a "stiff" hand (12 to 16) and the odds of winning are terrible. By being able to discard a KNOWN bad hand, you decrease the odds of a "stiff" hand from 43% to 18.5%, meaning you increase your chances of winning. In addition, colored or suited blackjacks pay 2 to 1 instead of 3 to 2 or 6 to 5. Also, dealer/player blackjack (naturals) ties pay 1 to 2. Of all the blackjack-variant games out there, this game has the lowest house advantage of about 0.75%. Using basic strategy, you can stay on the table much longer. I've played it, and I have won. Never buy insurance and never surrender again. I love it.
gdavidson
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June 6th, 2015 at 10:30:41 AM permalink
The dealer does not check for blackjack until all "Play" or "Switch" decisions have been made since dealer/player blackjack ties pay the player 1 to 2.
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January 8th, 2016 at 1:26:41 PM permalink
I played this at Sands Bethlehem and it was fun. Does anybody know if it's anywhere else?
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July 19th, 2016 at 1:58:01 PM permalink
For anyone still watching this thread, search for "Switch Hands Blackjack" in the Google Play Store, the iOS App Store, or Amazon to download and play the Mobile version of this game. Global Innovation Gaming has partnered with Shiba Games, LLC to produce this.
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July 23rd, 2016 at 1:29:48 PM permalink
I went up to Sands last week and it seems this game isn't doing too well. It looks like it's only open weekends after 8. I played for a half hour. I like it though it's kind of a bummer when you push. You still lose the ante.
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