Sic Bo is an ancient Chinese dice game still played in many Southeast Asian Countries. It is also known as High Low or Hi Lo. In a live Casino it is played on a brightly lit table and as with Roulette there are many people playing at the same time which can give rise to a lot of noise. In on line version you can normally choose to play on your own and switch the noise off if you so desire. Regardless of whether you play on line or live the rules are the same.
The tables for Sic Bo can have a slightly different layout between Casinos but all the same bets will appear somewhere and it will not take long to figure out. A typical layout is shown here.
The game is played with three dice which are shaken by the dealer. In a live casino this is done by a vibrating platform under a glass cover.
There are a lot of different combinations of three dice (216 actually, being 6x6x6). The table which at first glance looks incredibly complicated allows you to place a bet or bets on any outcome. Although looking complicated it really is not and you will quickly learn.
After all bets are placed the dice are rolled and the winning segments of the table light up. Any money on those winning segments pays out according to the odds for that bet which are shown on the table. In some ways it is similar to Roulette in that different bets pay out at different odds.
Each Casino has its own graphics and methods of placing bets so we recommend that you read the instructions for the particular casino in which you wish to play. The basic principles however remain the same. Most Casinos have a “Free Play” option that will enable you to practise placing bets.
First select the stake that you wish your chips to represent, then place your chip or chips on the table in the segments that you think will represent the result of the dice roll.
Despite the apparent complexity of the table there are only 7 types of bet that can be made.
• Starting at the bottom of the table there are six areas numbered 1 through 6 also shown in Domino format. If the number on which you bet comes up on one of the dice you will win at odds of 1:1. If the number on which you bet comes up on two of dice you will win at odds of 2:1. If the number on which you bet comes up on all three dice you will win at odds of 3:1.
• Next up there are 15 dominoes showing two number combinations. These are all the combinations possible without the two numbers being the same. Two numbers the same is a different bet that we shall get to shortly. A bet on any of these combinations usually pays at odds of 5:1 (but check what is shown on the table). To win, both the numbers in your combination must appear on the rolled dice.
• Next up is a series of numbers from 4 to 17. If you bet on these segments you are betting on the total of the three dice. You will notice that the odds are different for different numbers. To win the total of the three dice needs to equal the number on which you have placed your bet.
• We are now on the top line of the table and in the left and right hand corners are segments labelled “Big” and “Small”. If you place a bet on “Big” you are betting that the total of the three dice will be 11, 12, 13, 14 ,15, 16, or 17 but, if the dice fall 4,4,4 or 5,5,5 you will not win with this bet. You will also notice that 18 is missing. If you place a bet on “Small” you are betting that the total of the three dice will be 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, or 10 but, if the dice fall 2,2,2 or 3,3,3 you will not win with this bet. You will notice that 3 is also missing. A winning bet pays 1:1.
• Just in from the Big and Small bets are 6 segments showing doubles. Double 1,2 and 3 are on the left and 4,5 and 6 are on the right If you bet on these segments you are betting that two of the three dice will be the number on which you have placed your bet. The odds for this bet can be 8:1 or sometimes 10:1 so check what it says on the table you are playing.
• Moving further inwards along the top line we have 6 segments that show triples from triple 1 to triple 6. If you place a bet in these segments you are betting that all three dice will be the number on which you have placed your bet. The odds for these bets are 150:1 or even 180:1 on some tables. Again we advise you to check what is stated on the table.
• Finally in the centre of the top row is a segment showing all the possible triples (sometimes labelled as any triple). If you place a bet on this segment you are betting that the three dice will all come up with the same number but any number will win the bet. Odds for a win in this segment are 24:1 or sometimes 30:1. Again check the table.
What appears to be a complicated game is really quite simple. Give it a go and see
The Best of Luck