Cockfighting or sabong is a popular sport in the Philippines. It’s one with a long and distinguished history and according to historians, it even predates the arrival of the colonizers. The mechanics and the objective of sabong are simple. Two gamecocks are pitted against each other, and they are motivated in advance to fight until the finish. For some, cockfighting is a bloody and brutal sport. For others, this sport is exciting with many learning how to bet on sabong to fully enjoy the experience.Sabong - A Highly Regulated Sports Betting ActivityAs a sport, sabong has been the subject of many debates and regulations. The most important law that’s passed that covers sabong is Presidential Decree No. 449 or the Cockfighting law of 1974. Under this law signed by then-President Ferdinand Marcos, sports betting should be regulated and approved by the government. In the Philippines, sabong betting is popular and it’s practiced in different parts of the country, particularly in the countryside. During special occasions and festivities, sabong is hosted as approved by the local government units. Also, the country regularly hosts the World Slasher Cup, marketed as the ‘Olympics of cockfighting’. With the popularity of these regulated events, it’s not surprising why many still take part in sabong betting. If you’re a beginner or simply want to refresh your knowledge, here’s a short guide on how to bet on sabong.How To Bet on SabongYou don’t need to master the complicated sabong betting terms to fully enjoy this sport. Compared to other sports, there’s no complicated over and under or prop bets that you should worry about. When learning how to bet on sabong, the first thing that you should know is that there are two roosters in the middle. One is called the ‘llamado’ which is the crowd favorite, the rooster that’s tipped to win perhaps due to its form or breed. The other is called the ‘dejado’ or the underdog in the match whose chance of winning is lower. Just like in regular sports betting, putting your money on the “llamado” will give you more chances of winning the bet. However, the payout is much lower. So, if you’re looking for some risk but with better payouts, go with “dejado”.Your payout under the sabong betting system eventually depends on the odds. The odds in sabong starts with “sampu siyam” or ten percent, and it can move to “walo” or dyes which means twenty percent, then “anim” for thirty percent, and it can go all the way to “tress” or fifty percent. There are instances when the odds for the rooster can go “doblado” or 100 percent.