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Last Updated: September 13, 2016

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Mega Match

Introduction



The Mega Match is a side bet available in the Side Bet Blackjack game by Pala Interactive, a provider of software to Internet casinos. It is a side bet that wins if the player's initial two cards are suited, more for a suited king-queen, and even more if the dealer also has a suited king-queen. It would be easy to make comparisons to the Royal Match.

Rules



Following are the rules for the Mega Match side bet. A "Mega Match" is defined as a suited king and queen.

  1. If the player's initial two cards are suited, other than a Mega Match, then the Mega Match bet shall pay 2 to 1.
  2. If the player has a Mega Match and the dealer does not, then the Mega Match bet shall pay 50 to 1.
  3. If both the player and dealer have a Mega Match, then the Mega Match bet shall pay 5,000 to 1.

Analysis



The following table shows my analysis of the Mega Match bet, assuming eight decks of cards. The lower right cell shows a house edge of 7.17%.

Mega Match — Eight Decks

Event Pays Combinations Probability Return
Dealer Match 5000 61,696 0.000008 0.041802
Mega Match 50 21,824,000 0.002957 0.147867
Suited 2 1,809,673,488 0.245227 0.490454
Loser -1 5,548,023,936 0.751807 -0.751807
Total 7,379,583,120 1.000000 -0.071684


The next pay table shows the house edge only for various numbers of decks.

House Edge

Decks House Edge
2 9.11%
4 7.84%
5 7.58%
6 7.40%
8 7.17%



Written by: Michael Shackleford

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