How to play sic bo

Master Macau’s favourite dice game with RightCasino’s sic bo guide.

Sic bo (pron: ‘see-bow’ trans: ‘dice pair’ ) is a fast and furious dice game from East Asia. The game is superficially similar to craps and roulette, with players laying bets on a board and pay-outs determined by the outcome of rolled dice. However, sic bo is simpler than craps and far friendlier to newcomers. This introductory lesson will teach you the rules and show you the betting options in sic bo so you can roll with the experts.

The sic bo board

Where the action happens. As in casino craps, the sic bo board is segmented into different sections that correspond to different bets. Players place their chips in these sections to indicate their wagers.

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The rules of sic bo

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The dealer rolls

Unlike craps, there is only a single ‘dealer’ who handles the dice in sic bo. Three dice are thrown after players set their wagers.

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Did you win?

Betting options include the total result of the thrown dice, any single number appearing, two specific numbers appearing or a given combination of numbers appearing. Chips are placed in betting squares on the board to indicate wagers.

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Pay-outs distributed

Each bet has a different pay-out, based on the probability of the elected outcome. The dealer distributes winnings and collects losses based on the outcome of his/her roll, then players select their bets in preparation for a new round.

Sic bo bets

There are several betting options in sic bo, corresponding to segments of the board.

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Total

A bet on the total face value of the three rolled dice, placed in the middle strip of the board (ranging from 4 to 17). Pay-outs are displayed in the betting squares.

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Small and big

Players bet on the total value of three dice being ‘small’ (between 4 and 10) or ‘big (between 11 and 17). Chips are played in the upper right and upper left betting squares. Wins pay even money.

Combination

This is a bet on any two specific numbers appearing on the three dice. Chips are placed in the second lowest strip on the board and the pay-out is always 6/1.

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Single

A bet on any specific number appearing on any three of the dice. These bets pay even money on one dice, 2/1 on two dice and 12/1 on all three. Chips are placed in the lowest strip on the board.

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Double

This wager supposes that two of a particular number will show on any of the three dice. Chips are placed in the second-right and second-left corners of the board. Pay-out odds are 10/1.

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Triple

The player bets that a chosen number will appear on all three dice. Chips are placed on the upper centre betting square and wins pay at 180/1.

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