Corner Bet in Roulette
|Odds for 0 version||10.8%|
|Odds for 00 version||10.5%|
|Expected value ($1)||-0.75|
Now you know that you can bet on two numbers using split bets and three numbers using street bets. This brings us to the corner bet in which the roulette player can cover four numbers at a time. An example would be playing your chip at the intersection of 10, 11, 13, and 14. This would cover all of those numbers and would payout 8 to 1. Your chances of winning a corner bet are 10.8% in European roulette. It is also worth remembering that you can bet on four numbers not only in the standard way on the “cross” of the intersection of 4 numbers but also on 0,1,2 and 0,2,3.
Both methods are shown in the picture:
Testing Corner Bets
Now it’s time to put corner bets to the test. As we normally do, we used Google Sheets, win/loss probabilities, and a random number generator to simulate and graph the results over 1,000 moves. We will use four players who each have a $1,000 starting bankroll Players 1, 2, 3, and 4 will stick to wagers of $1, $2, $3, and $5, respectively. The chart below describes the results.
As expected, we see a general trend of bankroll decline, although it’s very gradual when compared to other bet types and betting systems. Player 3 saw the best results with a small profit which was bolstered by a couple of hot streaks. Player 1 also ended up earning a small profit after maintaining a steady bankroll throughout the session. The big bettor, Player 4, experienced the wildest fluctuations reaching a high of +$270 and a low of about -$300. A bad run of luck in the final rounds resulted in him finishing the day with a small loss.
Once again, we see a negative trend over the long term. However, we also see how placing corner bets for short periods can lead to a profit.
Tips and Strategies for Corner Bets
While placing corner bets for limited periods of time can work out, most roulette players like to combine them with outside bets. For instance, some players might wager $2 each on a corner or two while also wagering $10 on Odd/Even. Let’s go over a few strategies that can involve corner bets.
If you are unfamiliar with the Romanovsky system, you can check out our detailed tutorial. Unlike so many other systems, the Romanovsky strategy does not require players to increase their stakes after a losing round. Here’s how it works:
- Start by placing 3-unit wagers on each of any two of the Dozens
- Within the remaining Dozens, place two non-overlapping corner bets for 1 unit each.
- This will cover 32 of the 37 possible outcomes giving you an 86.48% chance of success.
- Continue using this pattern for as long as you wish. Feel free to change the Dozens and corners you wager on.
The Romanovsky system gives you a very good chance of winning. However, you need to be aware that those wins will be small; each win will bring a profit of 1 unit of the base bet while each loss will cost you 8 units. It’s also important to understand that this system is really only helpful in smaller doses. Even then, there are no guarantees.
The 4-corner system was brought to us by a fellow who goes by the alias Roulette Man. This method is a little more involved than your basic strategy, but it’s actually a lot of fun to use.
- We will start by dividing the inside betting board into four sections of nine numbers. For instance, your first section could be 1 through 9.
- Within one round, the bet will look like 4 corners around the central number. For example, if this is the first group, then it will be 3-2-5-6, 5-6-9-8, 1-2-4-5, 4-5-8-7
- For each of the four groups, a separate progression of this type is carried out: 1 - 1 - 2 - 4 - 7; with each loss, we shift by 1 step. Each level of the progression is the value of the base bet.
- In case of loss, we place the next bet within the quarter of the table in which the losing number fell out.
- When winning, we determine an arbitrary number, and the next round is played in the corresponding quarter.
If you think that this system will have a negative impact on your bankroll over the long run, then you thought right. The man that developed this strategy strongly recommends bailing out after 5 consecutive losses or a total loss of 60 units. As you may have figured, the central numbers in each quadrant are the key ones. They pay out at 32 to 1.
5 Quad System
This is a unique strategy that combines corner bets with straight-up bets. The principle of this strategy is quite simple:
- Start by placing 5 non-overlapping corner bets.
- We add a single straight-up to the combination, and it can be both at the intersection with the corners and separately - we can change the position every round.
Doing this allows us to cover a total of 21 numbers. If you hit on one of the corners, you’ll end up with a 3-unit gain, while a straight-up bet win will put you up 30 units on the round.
Of course, you don’t have to use the same pattern as shown above. There are several other ways to place your chips. Just remember that the corner bets can’t overlap.
The corner bet opens up a world of betting possibilities. We have covered just a few of the countless ways to make corner bets a part of your betting strategy or roulette system. Whether you want to run with only corner bets or use them to complement other bets is entirely up to you. Corner bets are certainly a great option for those who like to keep it simple and concentrate on having fun. Oh yeah, corner bets can be profitable, too, if your timing is right.