How to Play Sic Bo

  • Sic Bo is an ancient Chinese gambling game
  • It is played with three dice
  • The Sic Bo table is very similar to the one of Roulette

With this article you are going to learn how to play and get the best odds to win at Sic Bo

Sic Bo in a Nutshell

What is Sic Bo? It’s a game of chance played with three dice. It’s originally from China and sometimes gets referred to as Dai Siu, Tai Sai, Hi-Lo, or the Big and Small game.

Did you know there are only two Casino games including dice? And Sic Bo is one of them.

The original Sic Bo game is most popular in Asia and Macau Casinos.

This Sic Bo guide will help you to start playing the game.
And to avoid common mistakes that beginners make.

If you take a look at a Sic Bo table for the first time in your life, you will feel very lost.

If you thought Craps and Roulette table layout was complicated, you should look at this beauty.

It may be frustrating at first but it’s not that difficult to learn the Sic Bo rules

The main goal of this game is not that different from other Casino games.
It involves betting on specific dice outcomes.

The gameplay goes like this:

  • you place your bets by putting chips on areas depicting outcomes you want to bet on
  • the dealer shakes three dice closed in a tiny chest (or the game software “rolls” the dice and shows their random outcomes)
  • you win for every number or sum you have predicted and lose if your predictions were wrong

Sic Bo Betting Options

As you can guess, the betting options are the important (and fun) part of the game. And you can see from the Sic Bo table, there are plenty of those.

Small and Big Bets

The most basic ones you need to know are the Small and the Big bets.

  • The Small bet is when you bet on any dice sum between (and including) 4 and 10.
  • The Big bet is when the sum is between (and including) 11 and 17.
Sic Bo Big and Small bets

They usually pay 1 to 1 and have the smallest house edge. Thus, these are the best odds you can have in a Sic Bo game.

But you may notice the sums of 3 and 18 are missing. That’s because when you bet Small or Big, any triple sum (three dice with same numbers, e.g. 1-1-1, 6-6-6) makes you lose.

Thus, these bets are not exactly 50/50 but have a probability of 48.61 percent.

Other Sums Bets

Don’t feel like betting on specific dice numbers and their combinations? You can always choose one specific sum and bet on it.

It can be anything between (and including) 4 and 17.

Sic Bo sums bets

But different sums have a different amount of winning possibilities.

For example, you can get the sum of 4 only three ways: 1-1-2, 1-2-1, and 2-1-1. Same goes for 17. Thus, these sums have the biggest payouts and the biggest house edge.

You can see the payouts of sum bets in the table below:

BetPayout BetPayout
460 to 1 116 to 1
530 to 1 126 to1
617 to 1 138 to 1
712 to 1 1412 to 1
88 to 1 1517 to1
96 to 1 1630 to1
106 to 1 1760 to 1

Single Dice Bet

If you make Single Dice Bet, you predict that a specific number will appear on one, two, or all three dice.

Sic Bo Single Dice Bets

You can choose any single number - from 1 to 6. If it appears on one dice, the payout is 1 to 1. If it appears on two dice - 2 to 1, on three - 3 to 1.

Double and Triple Bets

You will want to make a Double Bet when you have a strong feeling that two of the dice will come up having the same number.

Sic Bo Double Bets

This bet pays 10 to 1 but you have only 7.4 percent chance to predict it right.

Like the double, there are triple bets, too. You can bet that all three dice will have the same numbers. And if you are right, it pays 30 to 1.

You can also bet on a specific set of triples — but your odds are worse here.

Sic Bo Triple Bets

Two Dice Combination Bets

If you look further Sic Bo table layout, you’ll see 15 domino-like areas for different two dice combinations, e.g. 1-2, 2-3, 3-5, etc.

That’s another thing you can bet on. Sometimes it’s called Domino bet, or simple Two Dice Combination bet.

Sic Bo Domino (two dice) bets

It predicts the outcomes of two dice at once rather than all three or their sum. This bet pays 5 to 1.

Betting Options Recap

To make it even less confusing, here’s a table with all the bets, payouts, possible winning combinations, and house edge.

Make sure to use if the first times you play Sic Bo. Later on, you’ll get a hold of your odds for different bets and have a better understanding of which bets are better to make.

BetPayoutWinning CombinationsHouse Edge
Small or Big Bet1 to 11052.78%
Sum of 4 or 1760 to 1315.28%
Sum of 5 or 1630 to 1613.89%
Sum of 6 or 1517 to 11016.67%
Sum of 7 or 1412 to 1159.72%
Sum of 8 or 138 to 12112.50%
Sum of 9 or 126 to 12518.99%
Sum of 10 or 116 to 12712.50%
Single Dice Bet1 to 1, 2 to 1, 3 to 175, 15, 17.87%
Double Bet10 to 1618.25%
Any Triple Bet30 to1613.89%
Specific Triple Bet180 to 1116.20%
Two Dice Combo5 to 13016.67%

How to Get the Best Chances to Win at Sic Bo Casino Game

Finding ways how to play optimal Sic Bo may be what led you to this article in the first place.

Then I have good news and bad news for you.

Bad news first: there is not a single solid Sic Bo betting strategy that would help you to win every single time.

I know, I know, that’s unfortunate.

But it’s a game of chance, after all. And there is nothing you can do to predict the exact outcomes of the dice.

Yet (the good news) if you want to play better get the best chances to win that the game allows, you CAN count on some Sic Bo strategy tips.

1. Don’t Get Tempted to Bet on Too Many Areas

When playing Sic Bo online, you can place multiple bets at once. Online Casinos usually allow betting on up to 16 areas per one roll. But I wouldn’t recommend betting on that many.

Sure, you’ll win multiple bets. But how many will you lose in the process?

Instead, analyze all the betting options.

  • What are the chances of winning for each of them?
  • Are the payouts even worth it?

Then you’ll have your own Sic Bo strategy. And you'll manage your bankroll better than when playing the game randomly.

2. Place Most Bets on Big or Small Area

This may be an obvious choice by now. The Big and Small bets have the best odds and the smallest house edge.

If you play at land-based Casino, you can find some players betting only on Big and Small bets.

But betting only on those would be pretty boring, don’t you think?

And the fun element in Casino games is more important than the prizes you win. Thus, don’t forget to explore other betting options while still keeping most (and highest) bets on the Big or Small areas.

3. Don’t Fall for the Gambler’s Fallacy

Gambler’s fallacy is a common myth in gambling. It states that if something happens more frequently at some point, it will occur less frequently later on.

As in if the dice have been rolling Big sums for a long time, it will definitely roll a lot of Small ones now.

False.

The outcomes of the dice are not dependent on what happened before. So, don’t follow this blindly. Not in Sic Bo, not in Craps, and not in any other game of chance.