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#### Scarface

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##### The Basket Bet - any advantage?
« on: June 10, 2017, 10:59:35 PM »
In American Roulette, all bets have a house edge of 5.3%, except one....the basket bet is when one wager is made that covers 0, 00, 1, 2, and 3.  The basket bet has a house edge of 7.9%!

Now you could cover those same numbers individually and get the HE back to 5.3%.  In other words, you should never play the basket bet.

But I was wondering, is there anyway we could take advantage of the difference in payoff with this wager.  Any arbitrage opportunity here?

#### Sheridan44

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##### Re: The Basket Bet - any advantage?
« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2017, 02:56:24 AM »
Hi Scar.....
I've used the basket in the casino, but sparingly. I occasionally bet it for 1 or 2 pops now and then in lieu of a double street since it pays 6 as opposed to 5. But, I don't bet it repeatedly, as you mentioned....that 7.89% edge will eat you up. Some pundits like John Patrick have stated they use it as a "utility" bet, being a small part of a larger bet selection scheme.
« Last Edit: June 11, 2017, 03:07:38 AM by Sheridan44 »

#### Scarface

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##### Re: The Basket Bet - any advantage?
« Reply #2 on: June 11, 2017, 04:02:33 AM »
It would be nice if we could use something like the parrondo's paradox....where alteenating between two negative expectation games result in a positI've expectation

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#### mr j

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##### Re: The Basket Bet - any advantage?
« Reply #3 on: June 12, 2017, 06:36:33 PM »
You cant do anything smart with the basket bet and it should never be played.

Ken