How To Play and Win at Sic Bo

We brought you a guide to beating craps last week, now it’s time for a Sic Bo guide.

You may not have heard of Sic Bo but that doesn’t stop it from being one of the most widely played casino table games in the world. It’s a dice game of unequal chance, much like craps, of ancient Chinese origin. The game is widely played in Macau casinos, but is also available in online casinos around the world.

The seemingly complex betting table is the first thing that stands out when you play Sic Bo. Don’t worry, it looks more complicated than it actually is. Some of the betting options have a large house edge, so you’ll probably never use them anyway.

Playing Sic Bo

The logistics of Sic Bo are extremely simple. Matters only become more complex when it comes to choosing which bets to make.

Sic Bo is played with three dice. Players place their bets and the dealer shakes all three dice in a tiny chest. Those dice are rolled onto the board and you win for every number or sum you correctly predict. Conversely, you lose if your predictions are incorrect.

Betting in specific dice outcomes is the main aim of Sic Bo. That’s what the crazy-looking betting board all boils down to when you strip it down.

The house edge varies greatly in Sic Bo games. It is as low as 2.78% but as high as 16.2%. Edges are even higher when playing Macau rules. The maximum house edge using Macau rules is a staggering 33.3% because of lower payouts.

How To Bet On Sic Bo

Sic Bo players have a wealth of betting options at their fingertips. Placing bets on Big or Small is the most common bet. Betting on Big means you predict the total of the three dice will be between 11 and 17. Betting on Small is predicting the total of the three dice comes to between 4 and 10.

Both options pay the same 1 to 1 odds and some with a house edge of 2.78%. These are the lowest payouts on the Sic Bo board, but they also have the lowest house edge.

You can also bet on the three dice landing Odd or Even. These bets also payout 1 to 1 and come with a 2.78% house edge.

Other common Sic Bo bets include betting on specific doubles. You guess if a specific number will appear on at least two of the three dice. This option pays out a juicy 11 to 1 and has an 11.1% house edge. Avoid this bet if playing in Macau, however, as it only pays out 8 to 1. This results in a whopping 33.3% advantage for the house. It’s simply not worth your time or effort.

Another bet that is a complete punt it betting on specific triples, or Alls. All three dice have to be the exact same number and you have to predict which number that is! House edge here is 16.2% in Australia and 30.1% in Macau. It does, however, payout 180 to 1 in Australian online casinos.

Three Dice Total Bets and Dice Combinations

Dice Combinations are another low house edge bet, despite paying 6 to 1. You’re betting on two of the dice showing a specific combination of two different numbers. For example, a 3 and a 4.

Those of you looking for Sic Bo bets that have decent payouts and not an outrageous house edge should look at Three Dice Totals. There are seven different options here, each betting that the dice add up to one of two numbers.

Betting on the dice adding up to 9 or 12 is a good option here. It pays 7 to 1 with a house edge of 7.4%. Betting on 7 or 14 is another good bet as it pays 12 to 1 with a house advantage of 9.7%. The other options pay between 6 to 1 and 62 to 1 with edges ranging from 11.1% to 12.5%.

A high risk-reward scenario comes from betting on the dice being 4 or 17. The Sic Bo dealer has a 12.5% edge, but it this option pays out 62 to 1 in Australia.