Sic Bo Money Management

Published: 22/05/2012
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When playing Sic Bo, players are faced with only two decisions: what dice combinations to bet on and how much to wager. For this reason, money management becomes the key to winning at the tables. Those who remain true to their financial objectives and commitments are much more likely to succeed than those who follow their emotions. With that premise in mind, the following recommendations should prove useful in making wagering choices and managing one’s money.

Bankroll – A “bankroll” is nothing more than the amount of money a player is willing to risk during a single session of play. It may be a large amount or a small amount, but it should never be more than a player can comfortably afford to lose. One good guideline is that the bankroll should be at least 50 to 100 times the table’s minimum wager.

Session – Like a piece of string, a session has no predetermined length. It is entirely up to the player how long to remain at the table. It is, however, a best practice to know in advance how long the session will be and to quit playing when it comes to an end, win or lose, whether it is defined as an hour, a day, a weeklong vacation, or any other chosen time period.

Limits –The bankroll is the absolute limit on what a player can use at the table, so avoid heading to the ATM for more money. Sticking to money and time limits is quite often the key to success. As the adage has it, “Bet with your head, not over it.”

Goals – Having a specific target for winning allows progress to be tracked. The best goals are very specific, such as “£zero” or “double the bankroll.” Without goals, it becomes far too easy to over-bet, over-play or over-stay. Goals let players know how near they are to winning and when to stop playing.

Pacing – Making big bets early in a session is the fast track to a depleted bankroll. A better approach is to begin by betting 2% or less of the bankroll on any individual wager. When winnings begin to mount, it may be possible to increase the size of the bets in proportion to the total amount of funds available.

Streaks – Sic Bo spins are completely independent events. The dice cannot remember what has been spun before. They have no way of knowing that a “4” is overdue. Similarly, they do not know they are not supposed to total 10 six times in a row. In Sic Bo, streaks are extremely common, for better or worse. Strings of losses often come up, which signal a good time to take a break and leave the table. On the other hand, tables get often get hot, too, and increasing wagers at such times can pay out handsomely.

Odds – The mathematics of Sic Bo tells no lies. Even-money bets, such as Big and Small or Single Numbers, carry a significantly lower House Edge than do wagers made on the long odds occurrences—Doubles, Triples, Any Triple, Three Dice Totals and Two Dice Combinations. High payouts are always attended by high risk.

Planning – Learning strategy or system well and applying it with consistency is one excellent way to gain a playing advantage. From betting progressions, such as Martingale, d’Alembert or Labouchere, to combinations of risk-hedging bets, it is best to play with a plan and stick to it.

Flexibility – As a corollary to having a plan, it also helps to be flexible. Stubbornness and tenacity are not the same, nor do they lead to similar results. When an approach is failing, switch to a different strategy. If that doesn’t work, don’t be hesitant to leave the table and find another place to play. Only by identifying when one gets stuck is it possible to adjust play and find the winning approach.

Trendsetters – Occasionally, one will notice several players stacking their chips on a certain number or combination, as if it were certain to come. Quite often, the entire table will jump on this action, and when that happens, it is best to wager with the heavy betting, not against. If the crowd’s choice prevails, the entire table will be happy. Should it turn out wrong, anyone betting the opposite may be accused of “jinxing” the bet. Like all table games, Sic Bo can be a lot more fun among friendly rather than hostile players.

Discipline – Playing a hunch now and then or taking an occasional big risk adds variety to the game. However, it is just as appropriate to walk away from the table after scoring a few quick wins. No rule says winnings must be reinvested. Stay focused and remember that good advice is worth nothing unless acted upon.

Published on: 22/05/2012

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