Sic Bo (sometimes written SicBo or Sic Bow) is a dice game which consists of many places on the table to place bets. Three dice are used to determine the outcome of the betting.
Sic Bo, meaning "dice pair" is an ancient Chinese gambling game. Today it is one of the lesser known casino games and is often confined to designated rooms for Asian games. The game uses three dice and a table with a variety of betting options on the roll of those dice. The odds and layout of the table do vary from place to place. If want to play Sic Bo I would suggest sticking to only the 'low' and 'high' bets as these offer the best odds and chances of winning.
Where to play
There are relatively few places that Sic Bo can be played. The only one that I am aware of is Players Club casino, which is a Swedish casino company now based in the Netherlands Antilles. They offer several Sic-Bo variations and a $100 match bonus when you join.
The bottom row of the Sic Bo table has six betting areas, called single number bets. If one of the three dice comes up as one the numbers bet on (from 1-6), you get paid out at 1 to 1. If two numbers come up you get paid out at 2 to 1 and if three numbers come up you get paid out at 3 to 1. So if you bet on the number 3 and you wagered $5.00 and 2 threes came up you would win $10.00.
The two number combination bets consist of placing a wager on any 2 dice combinations. If you wager on a 6,4 combination and the result of the dice roll was 4,7,6, you would win at 6 to 1 odds. You can only win on one instance of the two-number combination.
A three number total wager consists of combining the total shown on the resulting dice roll. Different totals have different odds. A result of 3 or 18 is always a loss. The payouts are as follows: 4 or 17, 50 to 1; 5 or 16, 25 to 1; 6 or 15, 15 to 1; 7 or 14, 10 to 1; 8 or 13, 6 to 1; 9 or 12, 5 to 1; 10 or 11, 5 to 1.
You can wager on whether the combined total of the dice roll will be either between 4-10 or 11-17. This wager pays out at 1-1 odds. All small or big wagers lose if the result of the dice is a triplet.
Triplets are when the dice roll are all one number. So if you wagered on three 6's and that was the dice result you would win at 150-1 odds. You can also wager on all six triplet bets at once, this is called "Any Triplet" and pays out at 25-1 odds.
Pairs are when the resulting dice roll contains a pair of the same number. Whether you have two fives or three fives you still only win once and you win at odds of 11-1.
Payoffs for the total bets are as follows:
- Total of 4 60 to 1
- Total of 5 - 30 to 1
- Total of 6 - 17 to 1
- Total of 7 - 12 to 1
- Total of 8 - 8 to 1
- Total of 9 - 6 to 1
- Total of 10 - 6 to 1
- Total of 11 - 6 to 1
- Total of 12 - 6 to 1
- Total of 13 - 8 to 1
- Total of 14 - 12 to 1
- Total of 15 - 17 to 1
- Total of 16 - 30 to 1
- Total of 17 - 60 to 1
There is no need to memorise the payouts above. They are always recorded on the table itself.