|Sic Bo is a dice game of
Asian origin. The name means "two dice" or "dice pair" and refers to
the some of the higher paying bets that a player can place. In fact the game uses three
6-sided dice and a variety of betting options are available as marked on the Sic Bo table,
all based on predictions of what dice combinations the throw will yield.
Players place their bets on the Sic Bo table, predicting
various outcomes, totals and combinations of the three dice. Multiple bets can be placed
and they pay off according to the odds indicated on the table.
Betting and the odds
There are seven different types of bets in Sic Bo:
Dice Face: players may bet that any one of the six dice
sides will show. If that number comes up on any one of the dice, the player wins even
money. If two of the dice show the selected face, the bet is paid off at 2-to-1. And if
all three dice show the same face, the bet is paid at 3-to-1. The house edge on this bet
is approximately 8%.
Two Faces: this is a bet that a combination of two
particular numbers will appear. If the player bets, for example, that a 1 and a 6 will
appear and it does, the house pays off at 5:1. The house advantage here is about 17%.
Totals: players can wager on the total of all three dice.
The player selects a specific total from 4 to 17. Since the combination of faces that can
result in the selected total varies, so too does the payoff (see chart). The chart gives
the corresponding house advantage on that particular totals bet.
|4 or 17
|5 or 16
|6 or 15
|7 or 14
|8 or 13
|9 or 12
|10 or 11
Small or Big: this wager is a bet that the
total of the three dice will fall in a specific range. A bet on "Small" is on
the total being between 4 and 10. A bet on "Big" is on the dice totaling between
11 and 17. But see the small print that says "Lose on any triple"? If any
three-of-a-kind comes up, the house takes your wager. Still, the odds of winning Small or
Big are by far the best on the table. Here the house holds about a 3% edge.
Triple: Here you're betting that all three faces will come
up with a specific number. The payoff is large, 150:1, but for good reason. The chances
are 215:1 against you, giving the casino a 30% advantage.
Any Triple: You're betting that all three faces will be the
same. This pays out at 24:1, but the true odds are 35:1. Again, you're fighting a 30%
Any Pair: Betting that a pair of any particular number will
come up pays 8:1. Believe it or not on this bet is one of the worst on the table. The
house holds a 33% advantage.
Payoffs in Sic Bo are marked right on the table and vary
according to the type of bet you place.
Because Sic Bo is a game of chance, the best strategy is to
stick with the best odds. Looking back over the numbers you'll see that the house edge on
Small and Big bets is a fairly reasonable 3%. If you're going to play smart, that's your
bet. If you feel lucky, the table is yours.