The sabong fighting cocks are paired up based on similar weight
The day’s fights sabong are first prepped during the Ulatan phase.
Outside the arena, in the sabong holding-pen area.. the fighting cocks are paired up based on similar weight,
wing span, etc. so the matches are as fair as sabong possible.
Once this pairing has been established each bird is fitted sabong with a single, sharp blade.. usually on the left foot.
It is shaped like a small sickle or spur about 2 to 3 inches in length.
- The next step takes place inside the arena, known as the Ruweda.
There are four men in the arena with the fighting cocks; the 2 Owners of the birds,
the Announcer (known as the Casador) and the Referee (known as the Sentensyador).
The ruling of the Sentensyador is final and there is no appeal regarding the outcome of the fight.
Most often it is plainly obvious who the loser is by the end of the match.
Once inside the two cocks are held by each owner and allowed to get just close enough to peck at each other.
Give the gamblers an idea of which sabong bird seems the more aggressive
This is done to give the spectators and prospective gamblers an idea of which bird seems the more aggressive.
The two owners will then back away from each other and each cock is allowed a minute
or so to “strut his stuff”, again so gamblers can assess who to bet on.
However it is only once the Casador (announcer) shouts out, “Larga na!!” that all chaos breaks loose.
For it is at this point that the gamblers begin shouting in a mad frenzy to place their bets from the stands.
Within the stands are the person who take the bets, known as the Kristos.sabong
They get this name for having their arms spread out as they signal the bets with hand motions.sabong
There are other persons who act as ‘bookies’ who will combine your bet with theirs to get better odds,sabong
but most people make their bets directly with the Kristos. It is very loud and chaotic sabong
at this point because only about 3-4 minutes are allowed for betting prior to each match.sabong
Once the Casador announces the END of betting, the next stage begins and no more bets are taken.
How to bet on sabong, I will show you directly
Regarding the hand-signals for placing bets, a system is used to communicate
with the Kristos as to how much of a bet is being placed over the loud shouting that ensues.
First one must make eye-contact with the Kristos.
Then point to which side of the arena the bird he is betting on, the ‘favorite’ or the ‘underdog’.
Next the bet amount is indicated with hand-signals, which the Kristos repeats and points to you to confirm the bet.
By pointing fingers ‘UP’, it denotes a bet of each 10 Pesos. So.. one finger for 10P bet.
Pointing fingers to the side, sideways, indicates one finger per 100 Pesos.
So, 4 fingers sideways for a 400P wager.
Finally, ‘downward’ pointed fingers indicate the 1,000 Peso bet.
Seven fingers down for a 7,000P wager.