Getting Sic With It: A Player's Guide to Sic Bo

Getting Sic With It: A Player's Guide to Sic Bo

Sic Bo is a dice game which originated in China (introduced in the 20th century) and is known by such names as dai siu or tai sai, hi-lo or big and small. This game is very popular in Asian countries such as the Philippines and the game is known there as hi-lo. Sic bo is also widely popular in Macau.

This game is also very popular with the Americans and is consistently played in almost all American casinos.

So how do you play Sic bo? The player needs to bet on various dice combinations. Three standard dice are then shaken into a plastic cup or bowl. In the traditional way, in Asia, these dice are shaken into a small covered plate, in which the cover is lifted up to reveal the outcome of the number in the dice. Nowadays, the dice are shaken mechanically and the results are revealed via computer. The winners of the wagers get their winnings according to the fixed odds of the dice.

There are several ways to make a Sic bo combination. The first one is called the triple, in which the player bets that the dice will come out with the same specific number. For example, betting a 2-2-2. The second combination is called any triple – a combination in which the dice will come with the same number. For example, betting 333, 444, 555, or 666. The third combination is called the double, in which a player bets that two of the three dice will show the same number. For example, betting 5-5-6, or 2-2-3, or 4-4-8. The next kind of combination is named as big or small. In betting for the big combination, the total number of dice should equal 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, or 17, but the result of the dice shouldn’t come out with triple, like 5-5-5 or others. If the player is going to bet the small combination, the total of the dice must equal to 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, or 10, and again the dice shouldn’t come out with a triple combination, like 2-2-2 or others.

Another Sic bo strategy is the combination of dice totals, on which the player can bet on the total sum of the three dice. The combination 4-17 plays big in this round. And these are the following combination that has big pay-offs – aside from 4-17, there is the combination of 5-16, 6-16, 7-15, 8-13 and 9, 10, 11-12. There is also the two-dice combination, in which the player bets on two different numbers which would appear on two or the three dice.

There is also the single number combination, in which the player bets that a single number would appear on at least one among the three dice shaken – the more dice the single number appears, the higher the pay off is. If one number appears on one dice, the pay off is even. If the number appears on the two dice, the pay off is 2:1. If the chosen number appears on all three dice, the pay off is 3:1.

Sic bo can be played online at U.S. Friendly Casinos such as Casino Classic and Zodiac Casino.
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