The rules and bets of Sic Bo explained
The Sic Bo board can look complex at first, but once you understand the layout, the game is very simple to play.
Three dice are tossed in a small cage by the dealer, and you bet on the results of the throw.
You have many different betting options eg the total of the three dice, any single number, two specific numbers, or a combination of numbers.
Each bet has a different payout, and you can place as many bets as you like.
To help you understand the game, each bet is explained below.
Two of the most popular Sic Bo bets are the bets on Small and Big. These bets predict that the total of the three dice will be Small (4 to 10) or Big (11 to 17).
If these bets win, you win 1 unit for every unit staked, so they are evens chance bets, just like Red / Black in Roulette.
Big and Small both lose if the result is a Triple (three dice all showing the same number).
Small and Big are used by every Sic Bo player, from beginners to High Rollers, but because they are nearly evens chance, we use them as part of our Lower risk Sic Bo strategy.
A Double bet is a bet that the same number will show on two of the three dice.
You can bet on any double from 1 to 6 and the payout is 8 to 1, so you win 8 units for every 1 unit you stake.
Unlike the Triple bet (see below), there's no option to bet on ANY double - you have to bet on a specific double, though you can bet on as many doubles as you like. You can also combine your Double bets with as many other bets as you choose.
If the dice spin results in a Triple, all double bets lose.
A bet on a Triple is a bet that all three dice will show the same number.
You can bet on any specific triple from 1 to 6 and you can also bet that ANY triple will occur. This bet is also known as 'The House'.
The payout on Any Triple is 24 to 1 so you win 30 units for every 1 unit staked. The payout on a specific triple is 150 to 1, making it the biggest payout on the board.
You can bet on the total number shown by the three dice. Although the total can range from 3 to 18, you can only bet on a Total of 4 to 17, because 3 and 18 are covered under Triple 1 and Triple 6 - see above.
The payout on each total is different, based on probability, and these are clearly displayed on the betting squares.
For example, a total of 4 pays around 50 to 1 (so win 50 units per 1 unit staked) and a total of 8 or 13 pays out at 8 to 1.
The Total bet is used as part of our Sic Bo strategies.
The Combination bet is a bet that two specific numbers will show on the three dice.
The payout on a Combination bet is 5 to 1 (so win 5 units for every 1 unit bet, total return of 6 units).
This is the same no matter which combination you bet on.
You can use the Combination bet as part of a Medium Risk Sic Bo strategy.
The Single bet is a bet that a certain number will show on any of the three dice.
The Single bet is different because one bet can win different amounts - the amount you win depends on how many times your chosen number appears.
If your number appears on one dice, you get paid 1 to 1 (1 unit won per unit staked). If it appears on two dice, you get paid 2 to 1 and if it comes in on all three you get paid 3 to 1.
This last payout is very different from a winning Triple bet (see above, which pays 150 to 1. But these different betting options are what make Sic Bo so fascinating!