The 1-3-2-6 system is set out to help you determine how much money to bet per hand. It is used for a wide variety of games such as roulette, sic bo, baccarat and sometimes even blackjack.
In any game you play, you have a unit that you bet, for example $1 would be 1 unit.
How it works
Let’s have a look at this strategy applied to baccarat.
Well, the 1-3-2-6 sequence is set out to show you the amount of units to stake on each hand at any given time. The sequence starts at 1, meaning you would place a bet of 1 unit. If you win, you would then place a bet of 3 units, if this bet wins, you then place a bet of 2 units. Then finally, if that bet is also a winner, you would finally place a bet of 6 units. If you are lucky enough to win four hands one after another, you would win 12 units in total.
To give an example of the amount you can win, if your single unit bet is $10, and you place this and win, you win $10. On the second hand you would have your original stake of $10, plus your profit of $10. You add $10 to this, and this time place a bet of $30. If this wins, you gain a further profit of $30.
This would mean you would have $60 now in total. So at this stage, you would place a bet of 2 units, which would be $20. If this wins, then your final bet would be $60, and if all four win, your profit would be $120.
If you lose a bet at any stage of the sequence, you start from the beginning again. So for example, if you had got to the 2 units stage and then lose, you would start again from the beginning by betting just one unit. This helps minimise your total losses, and when done correctly, the most you can technically lose per bet is two units.
What you need to keep in consideration
If you lose at any stage of the process, this determines how much you lose.
· If you lose the first hand, your loss is just one unit
· If you lose on the second hand, your loss is now two units
· If your third hand is the loser, then your loss would be two units
· If however, you lose on the fourth hand, then you would break even.
One thing that you need to factor in when implementing this system on baccarat is the 5% levy on banker bets. The house has a slightly higher edge on the player bet as opposed to the banker, but in return for betting on the banker, the house takes 5% of your winnings.
So, in practice the break even on the fourth bet is only applicable to the player bet. If you decide to opt for the banker, you will still stand a good chance of making money.
However, on the fourth bet, you wouldn’t break even, you’d lose 0.3 units.