What is Basket/First Four?
The basket bet or first four bet is a wagering option available in European roulette. It is a bet that covers the first four numbers of the grid – the 0, 1, 2 and 3. If any of those four numbers is selected by the wheel, the bet wins. To place a ‘basket’ bet or ‘first four’ bet, the player puts their chip(s) on the corner of either 0 and 1 or 0 and 3. In American roulette which has a zero and a double zero, the ‘basket’ is also referred to as the ‘first five’ bet, and covers the 0, 00, 1, 2 and 3.
Basket/First Four Explained
In roulette, players can make inside bets on the numbers called by the wheel, or outside bets on groups of numbers such as red/black or odd/even. Within the inside bet category, players can split their bet across a number of selections at once by straddling the lines between single numbers. To bet on 1 and 2 together, for example, a player bets on the line between the two numbers. A chip can also be placed on a diagonal connection, splitting two numbers or four.
The ‘basket’ bet or ‘first four’ bet (‘first five’ in American roulette) is a split bet that includes the first row of numbers (1, 2 and 3) along with the zero and if applicable, the double zero. To make a basket bet, players split their chip over the corner of the 0 and the 1 or the 3. If the wheel selects any of the numbers within that range, the player wins their bet at a payout rate of 8:1 (or 6:1 if there are two zeros to consider). The basket bet is not one of the most profitable on the roulette board, but it does have a 10.81% chance of winning on any given spin. If five numbers are included, those odds rise to 13.16%.
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