If you’re interested in playing a casino table game that’s diverse from the all too familiar games ala Blackjack, 3 Card Poker, Craps, and Roulette, you may want to try Sic Bo.
The game is very popular in Southeast Asia, Korea and in the world’s newest gaming destination, Macau, China. It is lesser known in the west, although it can be found in some upper end casinos in Las Vegas and Atlantic City, usually confined to areas designated for Asian games.
The Objective of Sic Bo
The objective is to wager on the outcome of various numerical groupings when three dice are rolled. Winning combination payouts from the fifty allowable bets range from 1 to 1 to as high as 180 to 1.
Sic Bo is played on a large rectangular table with a house dealer, although table layouts, components and payouts will vary slightly between jurisdictions. There are fourteen betting stations but there is no limit to the number of players. The table minimum is usually five dollars. Three dice numbering from one to six sit on a vibrating platform under a glass dome.
Bet options are shown in pictorial configuration with their payout amounts. Wagers are placed directly on the desired combination(s). The dealer initiates the first round of the table’s play by activating the vibrating platform. When it stops he will enter each die face number onto a keypad that lights up the winning combinations. Then rotating around the table, each player takes his/her turn at vibrating the dice in the electric cage shaker after placing their bets. The dealer will once again enter the die face numbers onto the keypad.
There are seven different types of bets in Sic Bo:
Small or Big Bet
Betting that the total will be between 4 and 10 (small) or between 11 and 17 (big). A win pays even money at 1 to 1. These are your best odds even though any combination of three equal numbers are a loss to the player, such as a combo of 2-2-2 equaling 6 on the small bet. This provides the house edge of about 3%.
Single Number Bet
Betting that a combination of two particular numbers will appear. Payout 5 to 1.
Three Number Total Sum
Betting on the combined total of all three dice from 4 to 17. Payouts range from 6 to 1 up to 60 to 1 as outlined on the table.
Betting that the resulting roll will contain two of any number. Pays 10 to 1.
Any Triple Bet
Betting that the resulting roll will contain three of any number. Pays 30 to 1.
Betting that the resulting roll will contain three of a specific number. The payout is huge at 180 to 1, but this is the worst bet in Sic Bo. There are 216 (6x6x6) possible dice combinations and only one can be a winner. True odds; 216 to 1!
You might find this game fun to play in that it’s unlike the other table games.