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ALL IN ON BETS: A guide to surviving Salty Bet

9/27/13 1:30pm

“One more bet. Just one more bet and I’ll stop,” I keep saying to myself as I place a bet on Salty Bet. Salty Bet has kept me entertained as I put off many duties such as washing the dishes, doing the laundry, and even writing news at times.

For those who are unaware of the Twitch scene, Salty Bet is a M.U.G.E.N “casino” streamed on Twitch where you bet fake money called “Salty Bucks” in a CPU-controlled match between two characters in a best-of-five match. Each new user is welcomed with a starting balance of $400, with the option of donating to the channel for “Illuminati” status, which bumps your minimum to $666 each bet.

You’ll never hit $0 on Salty Bet, so feel free to bet all in to your heart’s content! However, if you’re looking to climb out of the dreaded salt mines, I can help. As someone who’s been at the top, then back to the mines, then on top again, and never exiting the roller coaster of betting, think of this as a helpful guide to Salty Bet and surviving the upsets and dreams.

Put your fandom aside

I bet on Wing Zero and THIS is what I get...

Are you a fan of Superman? You’re going to be disappointed to know Batman is a lot stronger. Cardcaptors fan? Some of Salty Bet’s best characters are from that show. Dragon Ball Z? Possibly half of the roster contains DBZ characters, clones and duplicates, too. However, very few DBZ characters are actually worth betting on.

If you’re trying to gain more Salty Bucks, be sure to put aside you fandom for your favorite show or series.

Heck, I’m a very big fan of Mortal Kombat and even I know not to bet the digitized version of Sub-Zero. Why? Well, because the character’s AI isn’t all that great to be completely honest.

Get a feel for the large roster, as you’ll find to be upset if you’re playing the “homer” card.

Study small, win big

Who won this match? If you guessed Taki, I have bad news.

As I said not too long ago, the roster for Salty Bet is insanely huge. Some characters you think may be absolutely awful can turn out to be superior and maybe over-powered.

To get a feel for the roster, start off by betting small amounts, like $5 or $10. This may not sound like a lot of fun for most of you, but you never know when a potential upset will come along and wipe away your $10,000 you just accumulated. Trust me. I know from personal experience.

Some characters you’ll know right away to bet on, but not all of the time. More and more exhibition matches are starting to become a lot closer with a little bit of help from auto balancing. It’s a deep roster of crazy characters, so start slow and work your way to it.

Never listen to chat

Don’t. Just don’t.

Pay attention to Shaker Classics

Love tourneys? Then this is right up your alley.

Shaker Classics can be an absolute dream come true for salt miners and people looking to get rich quick.

Shaker Classics pit some good to great characters in a tournament, usually held on Thursdays, to see who would become champion. Exhibition matches on request usually happen afterward, so stick around for those, too.

The best matches are bound to happen on Shaker Classics, too, so don’t expect earth-shattering odds to be in your favor. The odds can be as high as 5:1 at best if you’re lucky.

Illuminati status can be worth it

Illuminati: Now with less conspiracy!

If you do happen to get stuck in the salt mines, however, and all has failed there is some hope. You’ll just have to spend a few bucks on Illuminati status is all.

What Illuminati gives you is a gold name, at least $666 each bet, access to statistics on tournaments and characters, and even your betting history to boot! If you’re worried about a monthly-based subscription, put those fears to bed. Salty Illuminati is a one-time payment that gives you access for a certain period of time you pay for it.

I can honestly vouch for Illuminati if you regularly use Salty Bet, as it can get you out of a jam in quite a hurry. Just don’t get confused with the Twitch TV subscription Illuminati. They are two different things, each with their own perks.

So there you have it, a basic guide to getting rich quick in Salty Bet. Sure, it’s not a comprehensive, complicated guide, but this isn’t a comprehensive, complicated thing. Salty Bet is mostly just for fun and shouldn’t be taken too seriously, as it is simply too random to make a solid, fail-safe guide.

The purpose of this guide was to help you reach the ranks a bit faster, and maybe help educate people interested in the fake-betting casino. So what are you waiting for? Pour the salt on your wounds and get ready for the next match!

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