In the game of Sic Bo, the player really has only two decisions to make: what outcomes to bet on and how much. That makes the management of the player’s bankroll and chips the true key to winning. Even in the midst of an exciting game, it is important not to lose sight of objectives and commitments.
If money management is not uppermost in the mind of the player, emotions can overtake any strategy. Fortunately, there is plenty of good advice available to assist players in making their wagering decisions, including the following.
Establish the Bankroll
In the simplest terms, a Sic Bo “bankroll” is the maximum amount of money a player has available for betting. More specifically, it is the total cash that he/she is willing to risk during a single session of play, whether it is an hour, a day, a weeklong vacation, or any other chosen time period. A good rule of thumb is that a bankroll should never be less than 50 to 100 times the minimum wager allowed at the table.
As the saying goes, “Bet with your head, not over it.” Whether the amount is large or small, the bankroll should never be more than a player can afford to lose. Never run off to the bank for more funds. Also decide on a fixed deadline for ending play. Be ready to quit, ahead or behind, win or lose, when the designated time comes. Sticking to money and time limits is frequently the key to success. Resist any temptation to exceed them.
Have Specific Goals
A target for winning allows a player to gauge progress. It should be specific, such as “$300” or “double the initial stake.” A goal provides a measure of success, so that the player can know when it has been achieved. When a player has no goals, it is far too easy to over-bet or over-play. Goals tell players how close they are to winning or when to stop.
Big betting early is a quick way to deplete a bankroll. Instead, start out by wagering no more than 1%~2% of the bankroll on any single bet. As winnings gradually build, the size of the bets can be increased, proportionate to the total amount of funds held.
Every Sic Bo spin is an independent event; the dice have no memory and no idea how long it has been since a 2 was rolled. Streaks are very common, both good and bad. When runs of losses come up, as they often do, it is best to leave the table and take a break. It is easy enough to start again later. Then, when the table gets hot, be ready to wager accordingly.
Respect the Odds
The math of Sic Bo does not lie. The House edge is significantly lower on even-money bets, such as Big and Small or Single Numbers, than it is on the wagers with higher payouts—Doubles, Triples, Any Triple, Three Dice Totals, and Two Dice Combinations. Don’t be too tempted by long odds.
Follow a Plan
No matter what strategy or system is used, the greatest advantage is gained by learning it well and applying it consistently. This is true not only of betting progressions, such as d’Alembert or Labouchere, but also combinations of bets made to hedge risk. Inconsistency can defeat even the best system.
Stubbornness is not the same as tenacity. If an approach isn’t working, try another strategy. If that fails, leave and go to a different table. The key is to recognize being stuck and then adjust play accordingly.
Follow the Money
Whenever several players start piling their chips on a certain number or combination, it is a good practice to wager with them and not against. If the crowd is correct, everyone will be happy. If they are wrong, those who bet opposite may be seen as “jinxing” the wager. Sic Bo is much more fun when playing with a friendly group.
Advice is only as good as the actions taken. There is nothing wrong with playing an occasional hunch or taking a big risk once in a while. But it is just as okay to leave the table after several quick wins or with a little money left in a pocket that would soon be empty if the wagering continued. There is no shame in walking away a small winner.