Value of a Natural Blackjack

Blackjack is not just the name of the game, but also the name of a hand of cards you can receive. As you might imagine, the hand that the game is named after is a pretty important one. A “natural blackjack” is the most powerful hand in the game, and it plays the biggest role in the house edge.

A natural blackjack is when you draw a hand of 21 in your first two cards. That means you drew an ace and a ten-value card. The hand is so powerful because it can’t lose. At worst, you tie. But it gets better. A natural blackjack has an added payout as well.

Aside from some side bets that might be in the game, winning any hand of blackjack pays out 1 to 1. That means if you wager $10 on the hand and win, you win $10 (in addition to keeping your original bet). A natural blackjack pays 3 to 2. That means if you wager $10, you win $15. At least, that is the case with the standard rules.

The problem is that some casinos, both online and on land, have decided that the game of blackjack has rules too friendly to the player. To tilt the scale more toward the house, they change some of the rules. One of the common changes is to make a natural blackjack pay only 6 to 5. With that payout, a $10 bet wins you only $12. That may not sound like a big deal, but in the long run it makes a big difference in your winnings. For that reason, just say “no” to blackjack games with a 6 to 5 payout.

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