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Roulette strategy: What is the Double Street betting system?

12 Dec | BY Betway | MIN READ TIME |
Roulette strategy: What is the Double Street betting system?

Want to cover the table and spread your bets in roulette? The Double Street system lets you minimise the risk in the long term.

We’ve talked about cover-the-table betting systems in online roulette before. The Double Street wager is another new staking plan that lets players spread the risk when playing the inside numbers.

If you want the excitement of hitting the numbers but are afraid of watching your bankroll vanish, the Double Street system might be for you.

How the Double Street roulette system plays

If you saw our guide to the Five Quads system, you might recognise the Double Street plan. It’s similar to the Five Quads system in that sets of numbers are bet on each spin.

The Double Street consists of four separate bets, two on separate streets, one on a corner bet (a ‘quad’), and one straight up number. A street is a group of six numbers that pays 5/1. We’ll assume stakes of £1.00:

£2/2 units: Street 1 (six numbers; pays 5/1)
£2/2 units: Street 2 (six numbers; pays 5/1)
£1/1 unit: Corner bet (four numbers; pays 8/1)
£1/1 unit: Straight up (one number; pays 35/1)

The six units are therefore spread across 17 possible numbers. It’s slightly riskier than a Five Quads plan that covers 21 numbers (five corners plus a single number).

Now you’re ready to watch the roulette wheel spin. Let’s see the plan in action.  

Trying the Double Street staking plan at the table

Let’s use a standard European Roulette game, as you will find online at Betway Casino. Again, our real stakes here are £1 per unit.

We decide to place £2 on the opening street (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6), £2 on the final street (31, 32, 33, 34, 35, and 36), and the corner bet covering 11, 12, 14, and 15. At random we pick our straight up number as 22.

One thing to note is that the stakes never change, regardless of our wins or losses. The total stake in units, however, is 6 – the same as in the Five Quads system.

In our table below, we have five winning spins and five losing ones. Only the winning Straight Up number saves our blushes. But over the long term we are relying on hitting the Double Street and Corner/Quad more often than not in order to earn a profit.

Advantages and disadvantages of the Double Street plan

Like all good roulette strategies, the Double Street is about patience. The system is about grinding out small wins over the long term. It’s also about riding out the losing streaks – and there will be many. As you are only covering 17 numbers, that 20 (on a European Roulette table) that aren’t being covered at all.

The benefit of the plan, however, is that the stakes never move. Your base unit is always 1, and the stakes never go up in the event of a loss. You can also bet fairly low amounts with this system. Inside bets in roulette always have smaller minimum limits than outside bets.

As with all betting systems, however, players have to factor in the house edge. In all casino games, the player is at a disadvantage due to the green zero pocket on the wheel.

It means that red or black, or odd or even, bets will never win if the zero appears. Also, the payouts for a win are always slightly less than the true odds of hitting a number. Players must ride out the house edge in order to win.

Try the Double Street system at Betway Casino

The Double Street system isn’t as risky as a Martingale system but doesn’t cover as many numbers as the Cover-the-Field or Five Quads systems.

But with some play money, you can get a good feel of how the Double Street plan works.