Sic Bo Rules
An Introduction to Sic Bo
The game of Sic Bo is said to have originated in China. It was initially thought to be a game that required the player to shake a pair of dice between a bowl placed upside down and a plate. The current form of the game has undergone some modification since, and now you are required to tumble three dice packed into a cage.
The game is not very difficult to learn and fun to play. It is a game of chance, so the element of luck plays a crucial role. The purpose of playing Sic Bo is to predict what numbers of the dice would land face up once the tumbling stopped. You can play the game at traditional as well as online casinos, though its popularity is seeing a surge in the online casinos more than in the traditional ones.
There are a huge number of ways to bet in Sic Bo, as many as 50 different ways, and the payouts also vary hugely. Now that you have a brief background of Sic Bo, we will discuss the rules associated with playing the game and also briefly touch on the different kinds of bets available.
Basic Sic Bo Rules
To play Sic Bo for money, you first need to buy chips at the casino. Once you have bought your chips, you need to place your bets. At a traditional casino, you can place the bets only in the designated areas on the table. You are allowed to place multiple bets when you play this game. At an online casino, the process is the same, but the way of doing it is quite different.
After you have bought your Sic Bo chips online at the casino, they line up at the edge of the table, from where you would need to choose the denominations you wish to bet. To place a wager, left click the mouse on the specific areas designated on the table for placing wagers. If you feel the amount you have wagered is high, you can remove a chip by right clicking on the chip at the betting location.
Once you have placed your bets, you are ready to play the game. In a traditional casino game of Sic Bo, the dealer throws the cage with the three dice inside. In the online version, you click the Spin button on the table, causing the dice to tumble. The results are easily seen and according to it, the winners and losers are determined.
Sic Bo Rules – Bet Types
There are seven major types of bets in Sic Bo, and there are rules governing how and when to use each of these bets.
Dice Face: This is the first type of bet in the game. As the name suggests, the betting is done only based on the six sides of the dice; so you basically bet on which side of the dice would land face up. Since the game involves three dice, the payoff and odds get a bit complicated.
You get even money if the number you selected appears on the face of one of the dice. If the number appears on two of the three dice in the game, the odds jump up to 2:1. And in the event, though it doesn’t happen frequently, that the number appears on all three dice, the odds jump up even higher, to 3:1.
Two Faces: This bet is based on the premise that two numbers can appear in combination. The odds for this bet are slightly higher than for the dice face bets, at 5:1.
Totals: This bet is based on the total number of the face up sides of the three dice together. You would use this bet if you wanted to bet, for instance, that the sum of the face-up sides of the three dice would be 14. As a rule, you cannot choose a number less than 4 or greater than 17.
Small or big: You can use the small bet if you are considering the possibility that the total of the face-up sides of the three dice falls within a specific range of numbers that are divided into two slots – 4 through 10 and 11 through 17. The range marked ‘small’ counts for the smaller numbers, i.e. 4 to 10, and the ‘big’ range counts for the number set of 11 to 17.
Triple: This is a unique bet that you would not want to use too often. As the name suggests, this bet considers the premise that the faces of the three dice would be the same number. Because of the rarity associated with this bet, the odds and the payoff are high as well, standing at 215:1 and 150:1. Also high is the house edge, at 30%.
Any triple: This bet also has a 24:1 payout and odds of 35:1. The house advantage is huge for this bet as well, standing at a whopping 30%.
Any pair: This is the seventh major bet in Sic Bo. You basically bet that the face-up side on at least two of the dice would have the same number. The payout is high at 8:1, with the house advantage being the highest among all the bets, at 33%.
You may want to read out Sic Bo strategy guide prior to hitting the tables.