Natural (gambling)

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A natural is a term in several gambling games; in each case it refers to one or two specific good outcomes, usually for the player, and often involves achieving a particular score in the shortest and fastest manner possible.[1]


In blackjack, the best possible hand for the player is to reach a score of 21 with exactly two cards, which necessarily involves an Ace and a ten-valued card (a 10, jack, queen, or king).[2] This hand, which usually defeats any other hand of 21 and carries a higher payout of winnings, is referred to as a "blackjack", or a "natural".[3][4] Traditionally, a natural in blackjack pays 3:2. In recent years, however, some casinos have used the payout ratio of 6:5 for a greater house edge.[5]

In craps, a natural is a roll of two dice with a score of 7 or 11 on the come out roll. This will lead to a win for the players who wagered money on the Pass or Come bet, but a loss for players betting Don't Pass, or Don't Come.[6]

In baccarat, a natural is a two-card hand totaling 8 or 9, for either the player or the banker. Natural 9 beats natural 8.[7]


  1. ^ Mark Bollman (13 June 2014). Basic Gambling Mathematics: The Numbers Behind The Neon. CRC Press. pp. 216–. ISBN 978-1-4822-0893-1.
  2. ^ "Casino Online". Retrieved 11 August 2017.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ Thorp, Beat the Dealer, 1st edition, New York 1962.
  4. ^ Beat Multiple Deck Blackjack. Cardoza Publishing. pp. 13–. ISBN 978-1-58042-421-9.
  5. ^ William N. Thompson Ph.D. (10 February 2015). Gambling in America: An Encyclopedia of History, Issues, and Society, 2nd Edition. ABC-CLIO. pp. 25–. ISBN 978-1-61069-980-8.
  6. ^ Craps A Smart Shooters Guide. Cardoza Publishing. pp. 25–. ISBN 978-1-58042-576-6.
  7. ^ "How To Gamble: Baccarat". Retrieved 2016-03-29.