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]

Examples[edit]

At 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). 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".[2][3] A natural in blackjack pays 3:2, however in recent years some casinos have changed the payout ratio to 6:5 for a larger house edge.[4]

At 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.[5]

At punto banco, a natural is a two-card hand totaling 8 or 9, for either the player or the banker. Natural 9 beats natural 8.[6]

References[edit]

  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. ^ Thorp, Beat the Dealer, 1st edition, New York 1962.
  3. ^ Beat Multiple Deck Blackjack. Cardoza Publishing. pp. 13–. ISBN 978-1-58042-421-9. 
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ Craps A Smart Shooters Guide. Cardoza Publishing. pp. 25–. ISBN 978-1-58042-576-6. 
  6. ^ "How To Gamble: Baccarat". VEGAS.com. Retrieved 2016-03-29.