Sic Bo is an ancient Chinese dice game that offers a ton of fun and opportunity with just three dice. The name refers the dice used in the game and, given its history and its origin, it is understandably a huge draw in Asia.
From Macau’s world-famous casinos Sic Bo has spread in popularity to the best online casinos around the world, sometimes being called Hi Lo, or Tai Sai. It has been played in North America since the early 1900s, and now it is a big draw in online gaming.
In the casino setting, Sic Bo can seem fast-paced and a little intimidating. However, the truth is that it’s easy to understand and even easier to play. You make a bet on the table, then the dealer shakes a small box containing three dice, before opening it to reveal the final numbers on the dice. It doesn’t have as much strategy as craps and is entirely a game of luck.
Sic Bo’s Big or Small Bets
All the possible bets for a game of real money Sic Bo are laid out in a table. At first glance they may seem a little complex, however it is actually fairly simple. Once you are clear on what each section means, the bets are obvious. The easiest bet is betting what sum the three dice will add up to be. If you bet Big or High, you are betting the dice will add up to a number from 11 to 17 (inclusive) and will not be a triple number.
If you are betting Small or Lo, you are betting the sum will add up to a number between 4 and 10 (inclusive). These bets are even chance bets, like betting on black or red in roulette. These are the low risk bets. First-time Sic Bo players and patient players should stick to the Small and Big bets. The only thing to keep in mind is that if the dealer rolls a triple, these bets will lose. That is why the numbers of 3 and 18 are not included in Big or Small bets.
Sic Bo also has several other bets. You can bet on the appearance of any two specific numbers. For example, you could bet on the combination of 1 and 5, and if the final roll was 1, 3, and 5 you would win. These bets also have a low house edge. Generally, the odds against a combination bet are roughly 6 to 1.
You can bet Odd or Even, guessing the final total sum of the Sic Bo dice will be an odd number or an even number (and again excluding a triple number roll). In Sic Bo you can also make bets on any single number, double number combinations, and triples of any specific number, which of course are the hardest bets to win and offer the biggest payout in the game.
Playing Live Sic Bo
Today, real money live Sic Bo games are offered by some online casinos, giving you the feel for a real casino in Asia. Live cameras bring you the action, and live chat functions allow you to talk to the dealer and other players. Sic Bo is a very fast live game, with most live games being offered every minute, with just seconds between games.
This means you can play roughly 35 to 40 games an hour. Some Sic Bo games can even speed up to allowing you to play up to 60 games per hour. You will see a timer on screen for you to place your bets. Make sure you check out the table limits and the payout limits before you start to play.