The 5pt Slot

The 5pt slot is becoming very popular and is now starting to gain traction in cornhole leagues such as the up and coming American Tailgating League (ATL). For those of you who are not familiar with it yet, it is a rectangular slot located just above the 3 point hole and is worth 5 points. So why change a good thing? It adds an extra element to the game that is not there otherwise. When you knock down a 3pt shot, it’s no big deal because it is easy to do. When you hit the slot however, it is a whole different feeling. You get excited and people watching it get excited. It is similar to an airmail shot times 5.

The sanctioned boards for the ATL are BT2 boards from with a 5 point slot.

ATL Sanctioned Boards from BT2 with 5pt Slot

Pointing on these boards is 1-3-5. 1 point for getting a bag on the deck, 3pts for getting it in the hole, and 5pts for going slot. Cool. It makes sense, the slot is worth more, but not so much to drastically change the original game. The slot was sized so that a bag can jam it (cover it) to prevent other bags from entering.

The frequency of the 5 pointer is about:
Rookies: 1 in 40 bags thrown
Semi-Pros: 1 in 15 bags thrown
Pros: 1 in 5 bags thrown

Dropping the 5 spot is somewhat luck. You are generally not aiming for the slot unless you need to or you are really good. Pros will be focused on hitting the deck about 6-18 inches in front of the hole so that it slides in. But sometimes you are put in situations where you need a 5 pointer, and it is fun to go for it. I still think of the time when I had this opponent on the opposite side trying to distract me. I told him I play better under pressure but he kept going. I called my shot and swished a 5 pointer. The look on his face was priceless. Sometimes you have bags blocking the hole and you need to go over them. Trying to hit the hole with a direct shot can lead to a slot shot. That feels pretty good.

Anyways, if you are a diehard cornholer and play only the classic version, that’s cool, I love the classic version too. But if you want to try something a bit different you won’t be disappointed. My preference is Bag Toss 2 Tailgate Size (BT2-TG). It’s a fun game, give it a try.


  1. Stella says:

    I am addicted to perfecting the 5-point slot!

  2. Stacey Moore says:

    The 5 point slot is similar to the three point line in basketball. Both are excellent elements added after the sport was created that make the sport more enjoyable for players and fans. In addition to 5 point slot, the quality engineering and product design of Bag Toss products are the reason why they are to the ATL what Spalding is to the NBA.

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