How to Play Sic Bo: Rules, Strategy & Odds

Posted By: Date: 06/15/2012 at 12:00 am Leave a comment

Sic Bo is not one of the most popular games in live and online casinos, but it has certainly gained its own niche of fans over the years. Sic Bo is kind of like a Chinese version of Roulette and Craps all rolled into one. The game rules are akin to Roulette, but it is played with three dice instead of a wheel.

The outcome of the roll of the three dice determines all winning (and losing) bets. The table depicts a large diagram of all betting options, each presenting a payout that reflects the difficulty of winning the bet.

There is a multitude of betting options in Sic Bo, ranging from the selection of a single number that the bettor hopes will appear on any one or more of the three dice, to guessing the exact outcome of all three dice. Sic Bo betting options, and their respective payouts, are as follows. Note that these are standard payouts and they may vary somewhat from one live or online casino to the next.

Sic Bo Single, Double and Triple Bets
1 of a Kind: This is a bet on a single number to appear on at least one of the dice. The payout for matching the number on one die is 1 to 1. Matching the number of two dice pays 2 to 1; all three dice pays 3 to 1.
Any Pair: This is a bet that two of the dice will match on any number, whether it be 1+1, 2+2, 3+3, etc. The payout for winning an Any Pair bet is 5 to 1.
Exact Pair: This is a bet on a specific number to appear on at least two of the dice. The payout for winning an Exact Pair bet is 10 to 1.
Any Trips: This is a bet on the same number to appear on all three dice. It can be any number, 1+1+1, 2+2+2, 3+3+3, etc. The payout for a winning Any Trips bet is 30 to 1.
Exact Trips: This is a bet on a specific number to appear on all three dice. The payout for winning an Exact Trips bet is 180 to 1.

Sic Bo Totals Bets
Total of 4: This is a bet that the total of all dice will add up to 4. The payout for a winning Total of 4 bet is 60 to 1.
Total of 5: This is a bet that the total of all dice will add up to 5. The payout for a winning Total of 5 bet is 30 to 1.
Total of 6: This is a bet that the total of all dice will add up to 6. The payout for a winning Total of 6 bet is 17 to 1.
Total of 7: This is a bet that the total of all dice will add up to 7. The payout for a winning Total of 7 bet is 12 to 1.
Total of 8: This is a bet that the total of all dice will add up to 8. The payout for a winning Total of 8 bet is 8 to 1.
Total of 9-12: This is a bet that the total of all dice will add up to 9, 10, 11 or 12. The payout for a winning Total of 9-12 bet is 6 to 1.
Total of 13: This is a bet that the total of all dice will add up to 13. The payout for a winning Total of 13 bet is 8 to 1.
Total of 14: This is a bet that the total of all dice will add up to 14. The payout for a winning Total of 14 bet is 12 to 1.
Total of 15: This is a bet that the total of all dice will add up to 15. The payout for a winning Total of 15 bet is 17 to 1.
Total of 16: This is a bet that the total of all dice will add up to 16. The payout for a winning Total of 16 bet is 30 to 1.
Total of 17: This is a bet that the total of all dice will add up to 17. The payout for a winning Total of 17 bet is 60 to 1.
Big Total (11-17): This is a bet that the total of all dice will add up to 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 or 17. However, a roll that results in any Trips will not win this bet. For example, a 4+4+4 total of 12 does not win. The payout for a winning Big Total (11-17) bet is 1 to 1.
Small Total (4-10): This is a bet that the total of all dice will add up to 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 or 10. However, a roll that results in any Trips will not win this bet. For example, a 2+2+2 total of 6 does not win. The payout for a winning Small Total (4-10) bet is 1 to 1.

Sic Bo can generally be found at all Microgaming, PlayTech and RealTime Gaming (RTG) powered online casinos.

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