Sic Bo Dice Game

This Sic Bo dice game lesson, part of the Learn Craps Games program includes rules, strategies and 2 betting charts for big bet and small bet.
Sic Bo is a dice game that began with two bricks amidst two plates, and an inverted bowl in ancient China. Today, the skill game of Sic Bo is played at casinos online and land-based worldwide. 
The modern version of this game is played with three dice and a cage shaker, played on a table depicting a pictorial representation of the 50 possible bets and their associated payouts.
Sic Bo dice game literally stands for dice pair but there is an element of intrigue here in the form of the third die. As the Chinese migrated to different parts of South Asia and then around the world, they carried their traditions and games with them and that is how we have this interesting game.

Sic Bo Dice Game: Rules
The goal of the game is to bet on the possible results or a combination of results based on the three dice. Players bet their chips on any of these pictures on the table. The dealer then shakes the dice in the basket and rolls them out. If a winning combination is hit, the picture square lights up and the player is paid accordingly.
The odds and accordingly the house edge are calculated based on the complexity of the prediction or bet.
Here is a brief and easy explanation for a few of the popular odds calculations.

Bet Type
 Sic Bo
Dice Game


Probability of Occurrence


House Edge

Big ()

Total score will be between 11-17 (inclusive) Exception is a triple.




This implies that if a player places his/her bet on the sum total of the result being between the numbers 11 and 17, considering all possible combinations of numbers on the three dice. Adding up to these digits turns out to be almost 50%, thus, the odds are 1:1 or hit or miss.
Therefore, the payout would not be profitable as the chances of getting it right are very high.
Clearly, unless you stick to the small odds, it definitely is not your average strategic game.

Similarly, the small odds are calculated as follows:

BetType Sic Bo
Dice Game  


Probability   of Occurrence


House Edge

Small ()

Total score will be between
4 - 10 (inclusive)  Exception is a triple.




Sic Bo Dice Game: Bets

Bets can be placed on the result of a single die with low odds of 1:1

  • even scores (even sum)
  • odd scores (odd sum)
  • specific doubles or two of a kind (the given number showing up on 2 dice with the exception of triplets)
  • any triples (no need to specify the number as long as all dice turn up with the same number)
  • specific sum totals dice combinations (any two given numbers)
  • four number combinations
  • three single number combinations
  • specific double
  • single number combinations

The odds fluctuate between 1:1, 1:1, 10:1, 30:1, 60:1 to 6:1, 6:1, 7:1, 30:1 and 50:1 respectively.
The odds listed here might not be the same in every casino as individual casinos set their own house edge based on the skill level of the game.

Sic Bo Dice Game: Strategy
Strategizing on an unequal game of chance like Sic Bo is a task in itself. The best strategy is to know when to increase your bet and when to decrease it.
If you are adept at playing such unequal dice games, you would know that you increase the bet by a small amount when you win and decrease it by a similar amount when you lose. This way, losses are minimized.
Also, help is also at hand if you know how to read between the lines. The odds are already pictorially depicted on the table; therefore, all you have to do is calculate the house edge on every bet according to the worst possible outcomes and you will get the actual house edge.
Of course, the higher the house edge, the higher the payout but if you want to play safe, try to bet against an average house edge odds.
Try out the big house edge odds only if you are on a profitable trip down lucky lane. 

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