S.D. Admin. R. 20:18:15:30.09 - Variations of the play - Blackjack Switch

Blackjack switch is a blackjack variation of the game of blackjack. Blackjack switch shall be dealt and played following the standard rules of blackjack, except as follows:

(1) Blackjack switch may only be played on tables displaying the blackjack switch table layout. Six or eight decks of cards shall be used. In blackjack switch each player plays two hands of blackjack. The rank of hands in blackjack switch, from highest to lowest, are: four of a kind, two pair, three of a kind, and pair;
(2) Each player must make an initial wager within the limits specified at the table by the licensee, and must place equal wagers on both wagering areas, with an optional super match wager in the wagering areas in front of the player's position. The super match wager is placed to play for hand value only and the initial wagers are placed to play against the dealer;
(3) Any dealer tip delivered as a wager may be placed on either of the wager areas or super match wager or both, provided that the player has placed a personal wager on the same hands. If a player continues to play with any subsequent wager, the dealer's tip on the wager area or super match wager may remain in play whether or not the player adds a subsequent and corresponding wager for the dealer;
(4) An incorrect number of cards dealt to a player constitutes a misdeal to that player only. The player receiving the misdealt cards retains the player's wager and super match wager. An incorrect number of cards dealt to the dealer constitutes a misdeal for the hand, and each player retains the player's wager and super match wager;
(5) Wagers are collected or paid in this order: super match wager and wager;
(6) The following hands are always paid a bonus on the super match wager as it does not play against the dealer, but is based on the player's initial four cards: four of a kind, two pair, three of a kind, and pair;
(7) Immediately prior to the commencement of play the dealer shall shuffle the cards. Following shuffle and cut, the dealer deals out two hands of blackjack to each player and one for the dealer;
(8) After each player and the dealer have received the cards, the dealer will resolve the super match wager. The dealer shall offer all standard play options for each hand beginning with the player to the dealer's left;
(9) If the dealer has been dealt an ace face up, the dealer shall call for insurance and each player may place an insurance wager on any one or two of the player's wagers;
(10) Each player has the option to switch the second card of each hand. If the player does not switch the card the player shall continue play as in standard blackjack. If the player does switch the second card a switched blackjack is considered a 21, not a blackjack. Blackjack pays 1 to 1 and pushes if the dealer has blackjack;
(11) The player has the option to split both hands. If a player wishes to split cards of the same value, the player must place an additional wager equal to each initial wager made on that wager area;
(12) A player may double down on any one or two of the player's wagers;
(13) If a player has a blackjack, and the dealer does not have a blackjack, the player is paid at odds of 1 to 1. If a dealer draws out to a total of 22, all remaining wagers push. If both the player and the dealer have blackjacks, the hand is a push. If the player has a switched blackjack which is considered a 21, the player loses against a dealer blackjack and pushes against a dealer's drawn out 21 or 22;
(14) If a player chooses to draw to the hand, for each wager position the player uses the same first two cards dealt and combines the two cards with separate hit cards. The draw continues until the player chooses to stop or until the value of the hand exceeds 21. Each wager position is treated as a separate hand and with respect to each wager, a player may elect to draw, or stand;
(15) If a player draws to an amount over 21 at a wager position, that one wager and cards are immediately collected by the dealer, leaving the player's other wagers on the table until such time as the dealer has taken action on all other wagers and hands in play at the table, including the dealer's hand, and has evaluated the winners and losers;
(16) When the dealer and a player have completed action on a player's hand, the dealer shall then move to the next player in rotation, offering each player all appropriate choices, until action on each wager position has been taken;
(17) When the dealer has acted on all players' hands, the dealer shall play out the dealer's hand in the same manner as in standard blackjack and shall determine winning and losing hands, paying the winning wagers and collecting the losing wagers;
(18) The retail licensee may offer the game using the following super match pay schedule. The pay schedule in use, or payouts derived from the pay schedule, must be displayed on the table layout or on signage at the table:

Pay Schedule



First 4 cards

6 decks

8 decks

4 of a kind

40 to 1

50 to 1

Two pair

8 to 1

7 to 1

Three of a Kind

5 to 1

5 to 1


1 to 1

1 to 1


S.D. Admin. R. 20:18:15:30.09
37 SDR 70, effective October 20, 2010.

General Authority: SDCL 42-7B-7.

Law Implemented: SDCL 42-7B-4(3), 42-7B-7, 42-7B-15.

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