How to Play Sic Bo
There are various bets you could make, attempting to predict the outcome of each shake of the three dice. These include high/low totals, odd and even totals, specific doubles or triples, specific totals of the spots on the dice and different number combinations. We are going to discuss the following: how you place the bet, the odds (displayed on the layouts most of the times) and the house edge.
Nearest to the dealer is a series of Proposition Bets. These include the Small/Big Bets, Double Bets or Triple Bets.
On the far left and far right-hand sides are the Small and Big Bet boxes. A bet in one of these boxes is betting that the total value of the spots on all three dice will either be high or low. A bet in the Small box covers the totals 4 to 10; a bet in the Big box covers the totals 11 to 17.
In the event all three dice match, a Triple, then all Big/Small Bets are lost. Hence the absence of totals of 3 and 18 for the betting boxes. Any dice combination of 222, 333, 444 and 555 also loses. These bets pay even money since all Triples lose; the house edge is just under 2.8 percent.
Odd/Even Total Bets
Some tables offer a bet that the spots on the three dice will add up to an odd number, or an even number. Once again any Triple thrown and all the bets are lost.
These “even money” propositions pat 1 to 1 and carry a house edge lower than 2.8 percent. Along with the Small/Big Bets, they are the best bets on the table.
Divided into blocks of three, adjacent to the Big/Small Bets, you can wager on any two dice matching their score and that forms a Double.
A bet in any of the following boxes pays 10 to 1: Double 1, Double 2, Double 3, Double 4, Double 5, and Double 6. The house edge on these bets is a massive 18.5 percent.
If you believe that the dice might all roll the same number, forming a Triple, there are two ways to back this outcome:
- Individual Triple Bets: these betting areas are located next to the Double Bets, towards the centre and back of the layout. You may bet on the roll that the following outcomes occur: 111, 222, 333, 444, 555, and 666. A bet on these boxes attracts a breathtaking 180 to 1. However, the house edge is a whopping 16.2 percent.
- Any Triple: this betting box is located in the middle of the back section, nearest to the dealer. It shows all six triples possible and a bet here wagers that the next roll will produce one of the six possible triple outcomes. A winning bet on the box will attract a payout of 30 to 1, but the house edge is still an excessive 13.9 percent.
Dice Totals Bets
Displayed across the middle section of the layout are boxes representing the numbers which the values of the three dice might total. You’ll notice various elements here:
- There is no total of either 3 or 18. These numbers are covered by the above Triple Bets.
- Working from the outside inwards, the totals-both high and low match one another in terms of likelihood of appearing and payout odds. This is the same as the two-dice totals at Craps, where 4 and 10, 5 and 9, and 6 and 8 are the same.
4 and 17
Located at the far right and far left of the line, these totals are the rarest, requiring two dice rolling 1 and the third a 2 or two dice rolling 6 and the third a 5. For this reason, if you bet on this outcome and the dealer does indeed roll it, you will be paid an impressive 60 to 1. You should note that the house edge on this bet is 15.3 percent.
5 and 16
These are difficult totals to roll, requiring all high or all low scores on each dice. If you bet on these boxes and win, the house pays 30 to 1 and the house edge stands at 13.9 percent.
6 and 15
Winning bets on the boxes yield a payout at 17 to 1, and the house edge is 12%.
7 and 14
Winning bets on these boxes pays out 12 to 1, with a house edge of 9.7 percent against the player.
8 and 13
Winning bets on these boxes pays out 8 to 1, with a house edge of 9.7 percent.
9 and 12
Coming into the area of totals likely to be rolled (which occur between 11 and 12 percent of the time), winning bets will be paid at 6 to 1, with a house edge of 7.4 percent.
10 and 11
Located in the centre two positions of the middle betting section, these are the totals most likely to be rolled by three dice (in the same manner 7 is the most likely total with two dice). Bets on these boxes yield a payout of 6 to 1, with the house holding an edge over the player of 12.5 percent.[addtoany]