When playing blackjack at a casino, you may be offered to play side bets. One side bet that is typically offered in single deck blackjack games is royal match.
In a single deck blackjack game, royal match pays:
- 3 to 1 if your first 2 cards are suited
- 10 to 1 if your first 2 cards are the suited King and Queen (Royal Match)
The house advantage for this side bet is approximately 3.7%. You should not play this side bet, as the house advantage is extremely high.
However, there is one advantage to playing a game that offers side bets. Blackjack games with side bets are dealt fewer hands per hour. Fewer hands per hour, translate to losing less per hour.
At a full table of 7 players, with 6 players betting royal match, each player will need to show their hand if they have won the royal match side bet. The dealer will then need to spend time to pay out the side bet. This is great for you, as long as you are not the one betting the royal match side bet.