What is ‘Natural’?
In craps, ‘natural’ refers to the opening roll by the shooter landing either a seven or an eleven. ‘Natural’ is also used to describe the seven or the eleven when it is rolled at this point in the game. Natural seven and natural eleven rolls are wins for the opening pass line bets, and also for subsequent come bets.
In craps, one player acts as the shooter and rolls the dice. The other players bet on the outcome of those dice. If a craps player is the shooter, they are aiming to make a point (roll one of a set of numbers) while avoiding other numbers, such as the seven and the eleven. Seven signifies the end of the shooting period in most situations, so shooters hope to avoid this. However, it is a likely roll to make and other players at the table might choose to bet on the seven or the eleven for a win.
If a seven or an eleven is rolled on this first turn, it is usually referred to as a ‘natural seven’ or ‘natural eleven’ roll. There are other points in the game where this roll is also described as natural, such as after the initial roll but before a point has been established. Rolls after this that produce either seven or eleven mark the end of that turn.
The pass bets and come bets in craps are placed on seven and/or eleven, and they win if the shooter scores these values. However, the bets can also be flipped (‘don’t come’ and ‘don’t pass’ bets) so that the player is hoping for the alternate outcome. These bets are working bets, in that they remain on the table until taken down or amended by the player, and any wins will be left to ride unless otherwise stated by the player.
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