Blackjack Player Two-Hand Switch

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In any blackjack game a player is allowed to play more than one hand. However, since single-deck games are dealt face-down, the player is allowed to look at his/her second hand only after the first hand has been played out. To further insure that players follow this procedure, the dealer will deal the second hand face-down over the insurance line (not as shown in this video clip). Another reason for dealing the second hand away from the first hand's position is to ensure that players don't get any funny ideas about doing precisely what happens on this video.

Since casinos do follow this strict security procedure, this switch is not workable in any regulated casinos. At least not as shown in this video. However, the same switch can still be worked by two players working in tandem. (I don't know if the state of Nevada ensures that such players share the same room for five years, when they relocate to a facility financed by enthusiastic taxpayers.)

For clarity only two hands were dealt out. However in a real game this switch would rely on distractions and would most likely be worked by a small team of cheats, each playing a role, to steer the dealer into looking elsewhere at the opportune moment.

In this video a player places a small bet in the first spot, and a larger bet in the second spot. He first looks at his first hand. If he notices a 10-card or an ace (in our case the JC) he places it down separated from the other card. Then he looks at his second hand, and in our case spots and Ace, and an irrelevant card. He must then position the unwanted card at the face of the hand (if it is not already there) and perform the switch as seen in the video. The switch is performed as a showdown (after all he is holding a natural). The natural is placed over the bigger bet (pays 3 to 2) and the other hand is played out.

Although the dealer may miss the switch, the eye in the sky will still clearly see it. But the eye in the sky is just a camera, someone still has to look at the monitors (that's the guy with the exciting job of looking at 35 monitors at the same time, all day). Furthermore, the switch may somewhat be camouflaged by momentarily leaning over the action, but I guess it depends how well the cameras are positioned.

 


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