Sic Bo is a dice game that originated from China and still very much popular with Asian players but also to many others as it is a game that doesn’t require much strategy and once you know the basics and odds you can start winning some money!
Sic Bo is played with 3 dice and the aim of the game is simple- to predict the outcome of the dice and place a bet on what you think it will be. So a win will be the result you bet on happening. The Sic Bo table looks quite complicated but these are simply your betting options laid out with the odds clearly displayed too. The areas that win after the dice are rolled- the numbers or bets that won will light up. With 3 dice used in this game this means there are more bets to choose from as you can bet on just 1 or all 3 of the dice. You place your bet on the table and wait for the dealer to shake the dice or if playing online you just need to click a button.
There are 7 different bets you can place in this game but the 2 most popular to make are the ‘small’ or ‘big’ wagers because they have the lowest house edges. This is a wager on a predicted outcome from all 3 of the dices in a specified range. Therefore the ‘small’ bet is that the 3 dice will roll and make up an outcome total of between 4 and 10. The ‘big’ wager is the same but only if the total is between 11 and 17. These bets do exclude an outcome of 3 of a kind so if all 3 dice have a face with the same number you would lose you bet but obviously this would be a rare occurrence. With 3 dices a bet can be made on any one of the 6 faces of each dice. So you can also place bets that a certain number between 1 and 6 will come up. The bet is paid at 1:1 if the one you chose is rolled on any and at 2:1 if you bet that it would come up on 2 of the dice and then again upped to 3:1 if you bet on it coming up on 3. These are known as dice face bets. Two face bets use the same principle but with 2 different numbers chosen by the player, if their combination of 2 numbers comes up they are paid off at about 5:1 as it is less likely than just 1 combination occurring. The big and small bets are on the totals and you can also make a harder bet with the same notion but with a specific total outcome predicted. The different total figures have different odds depending on which numbers you choose, for example if you choose a 10 or 11 its 6:1 odds whereas a 4 or 17- the maximum and minimum totals- have odds of 60:1. The last 3 bets are triple and pair bets. The triple is a bet that a specific number will come up on all 3 faces of the dice and a slight variation of this is the ‘any’ triple where it can be any number that comes up 3 times on the dice. These have worse odds than the other bets as they are the least likely to happen with a triple’s odds at 150:1 and any triple earning you 24:1 odds. The last and most unpopular bet is the pair at 8:1 if any 2 numbers come up at the same time.
As you can see there is a huge variety of bets you can place in this game and if you haven’t much experience then just stick to the lowest edges such as the small and big wagers. The worst bet to make is actually a pair as opposed to a triple so even pro players should try to avoid that bet unless you like seeing a casino taking your money! The best way to cover your back is to make a combination of bets so even if you lose one bet then you still might win on another. Like with all gambling games if you do want to play in a casino it is better to practice first on an online Sic Bo game so you get a feel for it before the real thing.