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Deal Me In: Several groups of numbers can be had on the inside

14 March 2014

Dear Mark: In your most recent column on roulette, you mentioned, “Your inside bets are the numbers, including groups like 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6.” I am confused. What do you mean by “including groups like 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6?” Sarah D.

I am sure, Sarah, you have seen what I wrote about countless times, so I most likely tangled you up with the wording “groups like 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6.”

With any inside wager, you can bet a number straight up, or multiple numbers by selecting a combination (groups) of numbers. Here, Sarah, are those bets, an example of each, and the payouts:

Straight Up bet is a wager on a single number (for example 22). It pays 35 to 1.

Split Bet is a wager that connects any two contiguous numbers (such as 22, 25) and pays 17 to 1.

Street bets or line bet (for instance 10, 11, 12) pays 11 to 1. Here, the chip straddles the first number in the row.

Corner bet or Quad bet (you might choose 1, 2, 4 and 5) pays 8 to 1. You make this wager by placing a chip, so it touches the four corners of the numbers you are betting.

Basket bet is a five number wager on 0, 00 and the numbers 1, 2, and 3. It pays 6 to 1, but Sarah, on a double-zero wheel, this wager has a house edge of 7.89%, making it the worst bet in roulette.

Finally, Sarah, the Double Street bet is a wager on this group of six numbers (e.g. 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, and 36), and it pays 5 to 1. As you would for the Street bet, you place your chip(s) on the line separating the outside and inside area, but make sure it also straddles the row above or below.

Dear Mark: I noticed on your twitter page (@markpilarski) that as a background photo, you prominently display Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall in Las Vegas. If I am not mistaken, it has been closed for some time now. Anyhow, besides your weekly column, I follow your tweets daily. Dave D.

It remains featured as my background image, Dave, mainly for sentimental reasons. A Caesars Entertainment property, I worked for then Harrah’s Corp. Bill’s Lake Tahoe in the 80’s and 90’s. To your comment, Dave, yes, Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall on the northeast corner of the Strip and Flamingo Road has been closed for about a year now for redevelopment.

Caesars Entertainment Corp is pouring in \$185 million renovations into an upscale boutique hotel-casino called The Cromwell. This is the same building that once housed the Barbary Coast and then Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall. Scheduled opening is May 21. Oh, and they are hiring more than 900 workers over the next few months. A welcome sight as unemployment is approximately 9% in Las Vegas.

The Cromwell was actually a second choice in names in that it was initially going to be called The Gansevoort Las Vegas, but a marketing deal with the New York City-based Gansevoort Group collapsed after Massachusetts gaming regulators raised questions regarding a Gansevoort investor.

Thanks, Dave, for following my tweeter-twatter in the twitosphere.

Gambling Wisdom of the Week: Remember that Fortune does not like people to be over-joyed at her favours, and that she prepares bitter deceptions for the impudent, who are intoxicated by success. – Andrew Steinmetz, The Gaming Table (1870)
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Mark Pilarski

As a recognized authority on casino gambling, Mark Pilarski survived 18 years in the casino trenches, working for seven different casinos. Mark now writes a nationally syndicated gambling column, is a university lecturer, author, reviewer and contributing editor for numerous gaming periodicals, and is the creator of the best-selling, award-winning audiocassette series on casino gambling, Hooked on Winning.
Mark Pilarski
As a recognized authority on casino gambling, Mark Pilarski survived 18 years in the casino trenches, working for seven different casinos. Mark now writes a nationally syndicated gambling column, is a university lecturer, author, reviewer and contributing editor for numerous gaming periodicals, and is the creator of the best-selling, award-winning audiocassette series on casino gambling, Hooked on Winning.