How To Play
The basic aim of Majority Rules Speed Blackjack is the same as nearly every other form of the game, to form a hand of cards that is closer in value to 21 than the dealer’s hand is but without exceeding 21. As long as your hand is closer to the 21 than the dealer’s is then you have won.
As is usual in Blackjack, the numbered cards are worth their face values, the face cards are all worth 10 and Aces can be worth 1 or 11. This means that you could have 21 with just two cards, an Ace and a ten card. This hand is called Blackjack and it is the strongest possible hand.
When you start the game, you will be asked to choose whether to accept a vote or the best strategy decision automatically on Split and Double actions as both of these require additional bets. You can then place the main bet and any of the optional side bets that interest you.
You are shown how many players have bet on a seat and whether it is enough players to trigger the Majority Rules mode. If it has been triggered, then after the cards have been dealt you will get to vote on the hand actions (Hit, Stand, Double, etc.). If it hasn’t been triggered then the game is played in Best Strategy mode and the game actions are decided automatically based upon best blackjack strategy.
If a hand has been Split and you have not agreed to automatic Split then you will automatically follow the right hand. In the case of a Double when you have not agreed to automatic play, then you will automatically Hit and then Stand.
When the players’ hands are over, the dealer will play. The dealer will always draw more cards until the hand is worth at least 16 and they will stand as soon as the hand is worth 17 or more.
After the dealer has finished playing, you are paid out if you have a winning hand. All winning hands pay at 1:1, except for Blackjack, which pays out at a more generous 3:2.
If the dealer’s face up card is an Ace then you can take out insurance against the dealer having Blackjack. Insurance costs half of your initial bet and if the dealer does have Blackjack then it pays out at 2:1.
To be in with the chance of winning even more you can make use of two side bets, Player Pairs and 21+3.
The Player Pairs side bet pays out if your first two cards form one of three kinds of pairs, a Perfect Pair, a Coloured Pair or a Red/Black Pair. A Perfect Pair is two identical cards and it pays out at 25:1, a Coloured Pair is two cards that have the same colour and value but come from different suits and it pays out at 12:1, a Red/Black pair is two cards that have the same value but different suits and colours and it pays out at 6:1.
The 21+3 side bet is on the two cards dealt to you and the dealer’s face-up card combining to form a poker hand. It pays out as follows: a Suited Three of a Kind pays out at 100:1, a Straight Flush pays out at 40:1, Three of a Kind pays out at 30:1, a Straight pays out at 10:1 and a Flush pays out at 5:1.