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Playing a five-number bet in roulette

Playing a five-number bet in roulette


The premise of roulette is that a dealer will throw a ball into a spinning wheel and your sole goal is to correctly anticipate what number the ball will land on in the wheel and bet accordingly. Of the multitude of ways that one can bet in roulette, one goes by the name of the “five-number bet”, or the “basket bet”.

The basics

As with any casino game, you increase your chances of success by knowing the fundamentals of the game you’re playing. The basic components of roulette are the wheel, the table and the ball.

The roulette wheel is composed of 36 numbers, including the number 0, and those numbers are reflected on the game table. In addition to the numbers, the table’s layout includes several other components for game play:

  • 19 to 36
  • 1 to 12
  • 13 to 24
  • 25 to 36
  • Odd
  • Even
  • 1 to 18
  • Black
  • Red

These components refer to the 36 numbers on the wheel individually as well as the characteristics that a number may have – odd, even, black or red. It is by using these numbers and their characteristics that a player can place bets.

What is the five-number bet?

There are two broad categories of bets that can be made in roulette: outside bets and inside bets.

Outside bets don’t involve specific numbers but rather make use of areas on the outside of the game table. They are easier to score a win on, so their payoffs are generally lower.

Inside bets, on the other hand, are those that rely on the actual numbers of the roulette table. Because it is less likely that one will succeed in correctly guessing the ball’s final resting place with such accuracy, these bets generally have a higher payoff.

The five-number bet – or basket bet – is an inside bet only seen on American roulette boards due to its inclusion of the American board’s double zero option. It involves betting on 0, 00, 1, 2, and 3 coming up consecutively, and the bet is placed by putting one’s chip on the corner shared by the zero box and the first line. Its use of this first – or top – line also affords it the title of the “top line bet”.

Many experts see the five-number bet as one of the worst that a player could make, due to the casino having an advantage over the player and the odds of winning being around 6-1. Bested only by a single-number bet, the five-number bet is the riskier of the bets, and is a move favoured only by a few.

How to play

First, find a table to play at and determine what the minimum and maximum bets are, and use this to decide on the table at which you wish to play. Remember that inside bets offer bigger payoffs, so don’t be deterred by a low maximum! Tables will also display previous numbers that the ball has landed on, but don’t let this dictate your own bets – there is no pattern to the game.

Once you’ve selected your table, hand your chips to the croupier (dealer) and tell them what denomination you want to assign to your chips. The croupier will place one of your chips on top of a rail with a market to indicate your selected value.

You and the other players will be given some time to decide on bets and then the croupier will throw the ball into the wheel and announce, “No more bets!” While there isn’t much strategy to roulette, you may notice habits used by the croupier that could help you anticipate to some extent what might happen. When the ball settles, the croupier will place a marker on the winning number (or chips), while losing bets are cleared off and winners are paid. The game then continues.

When you’re done playing, place your remaining chips on the table and tell the croupier that you’d like to cash out and they will replace your chips with regular casino chips. Your chips have no value outside of the roulette table, so don’t forget to do this!

Playing online

Playing a game of roulette online is very similar to that of its traditional casino counterpart.

As long as you have set up your account and deposited currency (such as Bitcoin), you simply need to select your roulette game of choice to begin play. The approach looks very similar, with most games displaying the roulette table at bird’s-eye view on the screen to make it easy to select a bet and watch each spin unfold.

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Words: Sean McNulty
Images: Shutterstock and Bitcasino


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