I’ve always been interested in gambling systems, but the problem is that when they fail you, they fail so bad that they wipe out all of your past profit. But some of them do work more often than when they fail.
Over the years, I’ve investigated and developed many different gambling systems. Some of them are fun, while others are simply terrible. Most of them have at least something to do with the Martingale system.
The exciting thing about the Martingale system is that you win more often than you lose. You still lose more payout than you win, but if you want to have the best chance to walk out of the casino as a winner on any individual casino trip, the Martingale is something to consider.
Because of this, I’m always looking for bets that work well with the system. Sic Bo isn’t a popular game in most western countries, but it has a unique bet that works well with the Martingale. Keep reading to learn more about the Martingale system and how you can use it with a particular Sic Bo betting option.
Martingale Gambling Systems
The Martingale system is simple. You start with a base bet amount and usually make a bet on an even money proposition. Continue, and when you win, you get your bet back and win an equal amount. The odd/even or black/red bets on the roulette wheel are common bets used with the system.
Every time you lose a bet, you double your next bet. You keep doing this until you win. Once you win a bet, you drop back to your original bet amount and start over. Every time you win, you cover all of your previous losses and end up with a profit equal to your original wager amount.
This sounds like a great system, and it works a lot of the time. But it eventually breaks down when you hit a run of losses that wipes out your bankroll or reaches the table limits.
You can win most of the time you go to the casino. However, when you lose, it’s going to cost you a large amount.
Sic Bo and Martingale
Sic Bo is a game that uses three dice and has a board with many different available wagers. It’s most popular in Asian countries, but it’s available in various casinos around the world.
The bet that I suggest using with the Martingale system is a single bet, also called a single dice bet or a single number bet. At the bottom of the betting table there are six options. You can place a wager on any of the six possible numbers on a dice, one through six. The payout is listed below the six betting spots.
The most common payout list is 1 to 1 when your number lands on one die, 2 to 1 when your number is on two dice and 3 to 1 when your number lands on all three dice.
You can find different payout amounts in both online and land-based casinos. A pay table that pays 1 to 1 for one die, 2 to 1 for two dice, and 12 to 1 for three dice has a house edge of 3.7%.
The probability of your chosen number landing on any single three dice rolls is 34.7% on one die, 6.94% on two dice, and .46% on all three dice. This is a total probability of 42.1% of your number landing on at least one of the dice.
The 42.1% chance of landing at least one number is not great, but it’s not terrible either. The chance to win more than even money when you do win is what I like about the single bet.
When you use the Martingale with an even money bet playing roulette, you only win even money every time you win.
The percentage chance of winning an even money bet on a single zero roulette wheel is 48.65%, and it’s 47.37% on a double zero wheel.
Now that you understand how the Martingale system works and know how to combine it with the single bet in Sic Bo, let’s look at using it in action.
The Sic Bo Single Bet System in Action
It’s best if you can find a game that uses the 1 – 2 – 12 payouts; but playing at a 1 – 2 – 3 table works almost as well. Three of the same number matching the number you bet on only happens 1 out of every 216 rolls on average, but when it does the extra you win from 12 to 1 over 3 to 1 can be significant, especially if you’ve doubled your bet a few times after some losses.
While you don’t have to add this extra step, I like to watch the results until a number hasn’t shown up two times in a row. If the last two results are 1 – 3 – 4 and 2 – 4 – 6, I’ll start my betting sequence on the 5.
I start with a base bet. In this case, I’m using $10 because it’s an easy number to work with.
If I lose the bet my next bet is $20. The sequence of bets continues after losses at $40, $80, $160, $320, etc.
Any time my number lands on at least one of the dice, I collect my winnings and reset my wager to the original $10. When my number lands on one die, my profit from the bet covers all of my past losses and leaves a profit of $10.
But what’s really nice is when you win 2 to 1, 3 to 1, or even 12 to 1. Here are a couple of examples after you lose a few bets in a row. As you will see, the profit increases when this happens.
You bet $10 and lose and make a $20 wager. You lose the $20 bet and bet $40 and then your number lands on two dice. You receive your $40 bet back, and a win of $80. The $40 you get back covers your $40 bet and the $80 cover your original $10 bet and your second $20 bet. This leaves a profit of $30 instead of $10.
In the next series, you bet $10, $20, $40, and $80, and then your number lands on all three dice. You get back your $80 wager and a win of $240 if the table pays 3 to 1. The return of your $80 bet covers the current wager, and you deduct $70 for your previous bets, leaving a profit of $170.
This means you win $960. The return of your $80 bet covers the last bet, and the previous three best cost $70. This leaves a profit of $890.
By this time you should understand why I like the Sic Bo single number wager with the Martingale system.
How to Use the System Without Going Bankrupt
Here’s how I use the Sic Bo single bet system for fun.
I set a total bankroll for the system and never go over it. I usually use $630 as my total bankroll. This covers bets of $10, $20, $40, $80, $160, and $320. If I lose five rolls in a row, I quit.
It’s rare to lose five rolls in a row, but it’s possible. If you play long enough, it will happen. By setting a total bankroll, I protect myself from chasing a losing streak only to lose more than I’m prepared to lose.
The truth is that unless you lose your first five rolls, even using my bankroll numbers, you’re going to walk away from the table with all of the profit from your winning sequences even if you eventually lose five rolls in a row.
It’s also not a bad idea to set a win limit.
With a $630 starting bankroll, a sensible win limit is to double your money. In other words, if you get to a total bankroll of $1,260, you quit playing.
Every time you’re able to double your bankroll this way it gives you two separate bankrolls for future play. The other thing you can do, if you double your bankroll, is to take your original stake off the table and continue playing with house money.
The casinos frown on this, so you might need to leave the table for a short time and then buy back in later.
If you’re looking for a way to win most of the time, consider the Sic Bo single bet system. Sadly, if you’re looking for a way to make long-term profits, this system isn’t going to work any better than other systems. But if you start with a set bankroll that you can afford to lose, and stick with your limits, this system is a fun way to gamble.