Sic Bo – Playtech

Sic Bo is a Chinese word for “dice pair”. The game itself originates in ancient China. In spite of the name, three dice are used in the game. The idea of the game is simple – you make a bet on a certain kind of a dice roll result. Then the dice are rolled. If the result you bet on does appear, you win; if it does not, you lose your bet.

  • Click on a chip of desired value to select it. Then click on any bet area on the table to place your bet there (a list of available bets is shown in the Sic Bo Bets section). Every click on the area adds one chip to the bet. Select another chip if you wish to increase the bet by some other amount. Right clicking on the area removes one chip. You can place several chips into several areas at the same time.
  • Click the Roll button.

Dice are now rolled and you will see the game result. Place your bets as described above and click Roll. You can also click Rebet to place the same bet as in the previous round.

Buttons:

Roll Roll the dice.
Clear Bets Clear your bets on the table.
Rebet Place the same bets as in the previous round.

Return to Player

The maximum theoretical percentage return to player (RTP) is 97.22% and the minimum is 81.02%.

Casino toolbar

The lower and upper edges of the game window hold the casino toolbars. These toolbars contain a number of menus and buttons that allow you to change client settings or take advantage of the various features available in the casino client.

The bottom toolbar contains the following:

Your game window balance. This is the total money which you can use to play the current casino game, consisting of your Real Money balance as well as all the bonuses available for this game. Read more about the display of game-specific bonuses here.
Clicking this button opens the Cashier window, where you can make deposits and withdrawals, see your transaction history, etc.
This button appears only in Fun and Anonymous modes. Clicking it will take you to the Real Money account creation page. If you already have a Real Money account, it will take you to the Play for Real Money login screen.
This icon is displayed only in games in which you have bonus Free Spins available. Clicking this icon opens the Free Spins Bonus Panel. Read more about the display of game-specific bonuses here.
This icon is displayed only in games in which you have the Golden Chip bonus available. Clicking this icon opens the Golden Chip menu. Read more about the display of game-specific bonuses here.

The top toolbar contains the following:

Next to this icon is the quick launch menu. Mouse over any category to see the available games in that category. Click on any game to launch that game.
Game Master is a feature that enables you to find your next game adventure! It contains various game categories from which you can choose games to play.

To open the Game Master window, click on the . If the Game Master promotion banner is displayed, click on the banner to open the Game Master window.

If a category contains more games than can be displayed at once, arrow buttons will appear when you hover over the category. Click on the arrow buttons to navigate through the games.

When you have found your desired game, click on the appropriate game icon to start the game.

Click the ‘X’ icon to exit the Game Master window.

Mouse over this icon to open the Favorites menu. The menu contains the following:

  • Download – Opens the URL where you can access the downloadable version of the casino client.
  • Gadget – Opens the URL where you can download the casino widget for your Windows Vista or Windows 7. Click here to learn more about the gadget.
  • Mobile App – Opens the URL where you can download the game to your mobile phone. This option is available only if the mobile version of the game exists.
Clicking this button will disable/enable sound effects.

Mouse over the sound icon to slide open the sound volume slider, where you can adjust the volume.

Mouse over this icon to open the Tools menu. The menu contains the following:

  • History – Opens the game history window, where you can see the details of recent game rounds. Note that the history is unavailable in Fun and Anonymous modes.
  • Options – Opens the options dialog, where you can change various gameplay settings. Click here to learn more about the options.
  • Help – Opens the help article that you are reading right now.
Clicking this button changes the game to full screen.
Clicking this button closes the game window and takes you back to the Menu.

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If multigame view is enabled for this game the top toolbar also contains the following buttons:

Clicking this button opens the 2-game view.
Clicking this button opens the 4-game view.
Clicking this button closes the multigame view and takes you back to the regular view.

Please note that it is not possible to open more than one copy of the same game in multigame view.

Gadget bar

The Gadget opening bar is displayed on the right side of the game window when at least one gadget is enabled. Clicking on the opening bar opens the Gadget bar menu. The Gadget bar can contain mini games and various special offers. Only one gadget can be opened at a time. Clicking on another Gadget closes the previous one.

Note on malfunctions: A malfunction voids all pays and plays.

Note on disconnections: If you are disconnected from the Internet in the middle of a game while playing for Real Money, please re-establish your Internet connection and log back into the casino. You can then click the History button to see the outcome of your previous round.

About Payouts

The payouts of games can be given in a number of different formats. To help you understand how to read the different payouts, each format used in our games is explained here.

1 to 1

If you bet on a position that pays 1 to 1, then this means that when you win, you get your bet back and the casino will also pay you exactly the same amount that you bet. For example, if you place 5 chips as a bet and win on a position that pays 1 to 1, then you first get back the 5 chips that you bet and you also receive 5 chips from the casino, for a total of 10 chips in that round.

2 for 1

If you bet on a position that pays 2 for 1, then this means that when you win, the casino will pay you an amount that is twice your bet, but your initial bet is not returned. For example, if you place 5 chips as a bet and win on a position that pays 2 for 1, then you receive 10 chips from the casino.

1 : 1

This format is equivalent to 1 to 1.

Sic Bo Bets

You may place multiple bets at the same time. You can identify the different bet areas on the table by placing the cursor on an area and reading the info text on the status bar (the low edge of the screen). Sic Bo features the following betting options:

Small/Big Bet:

Status bar info text on these areas is “Small” or “Big”. Small Bet wins if the total sum of the three dice is 4 to 10. Big Bet wins on a total of 11 to 17. Neither Small nor Big Bet wins if the three dice are of the same number (three of a kind).

The Small and Big Bet payoff ratio is 1 to 1.

Number Bet:

Placing a number bet means you want a specific number to appear on as many dice as possible. Select a number from 1 to 6 and place your chip(s) on the corresponding area. Status bar info text for these areas is “One”, “Two”, “Three”, etc.

If the chosen number appears 1 time your bet pays 1 to 1, if it appears 2 times your bet pays 2 to 1 and if it appears 3 times your bet pays 3 to 1.

Pair Bet:

Make a bet on any of the 15 possible two dice combinations (for example 3 and 4; 2 and 5 or 2 and 6). Status bar info text for these bets is “Pair”.

If both numbers appear, your bet pays 5 to 1.

Total Bet:

Placing a total bet means you want the total sum of the three dice to be a certain amount. Possible totals are from 4 to 17. 3 and 18 (which are also possible with three dice) are excluded. Status bar info text for these bet areas is “Total of 4”, “Total of 5”, “Total of 6”, etc.

The pay ratios for the total bet depends on the sum:

Total of 4 60 to 1
Total of 5 30 to 1
Total of 6 17 to 1
Total of 7 12 to 1
Total of 8 8 to 1
Total of 9 6 to 1
Total of 10 6 to 1
Total of 11 6 to 1
Total of 12 6 to 1
Total of 13 8 to 1
Total of 14 12 to 1
Total of 15 17 to 1
Total of 16 30 to 1
Total of 17 60 to 1

Double Bet:

You bet on a specific pair to appear (for example, two 3’s). Status bar info text for these areas is “Double One”, “Double Two”, “Double Three”, etc. If at least two of the number chosen appear, you win 10 to 1.

Triple Bet:

You bet on a specific triple to appear (for example, three 2’s). Status bar info text for there areas is “Triple One”, “Triple Two”, “Triple Three”, etc. If the chosen triple appears, you win 180 to 1.

Any Triple:

You win if all three dice have the same number (any three of a kind). Status bar info text for this area is “Any Triple”. Payoff ratio for this bet is 30 to 1.

Your No-Nonsense Guide to Playing Real Sic Bo Games Online

Sic Bo is predominantly played in Asia and including the casino haven of Macau, but has gained fans around the world via online casinos.
If you want to know more about this fast-growing game, our expert team has created this guide to teach you everything you need to know about Sic Bo and where best to play it.

Sic Bo Basics

The name means ‘precious dice’. This game is predominantly played in Asia and in the casinos of Macau, but has gained fans around the world through online casinos.

The gameplay is similar to craps, where the dice is rolled and the players bet on the outcome.

There is a betting table, just like craps, with different types of bet and the odds listed.

Instead of throwing the dice, the dealer places them in a small chest, shakes it, then opens the chest to reveal the result.

This is strictly a game of chance, as the player has no decision-making input. There is also less strategy than craps.

The main two bets are ‘big’ and ‘small’. A big bet is for a score of 11-17 and the small bet is for a score of 4-10. Neither includes a result of a triple.

How to Play Sic Bo Like an Expert

Stick to these simple principles and you will be playing blackjack like a pro in no time:

Know which bet to place

The main way to master sic bo is through knowing the various bets available. The big and small bets are the most common, as they give the player a neat almost 50/50 chance.

A triple result is a loss

A pro must also realise that a triple result is a loss, which is where the house edge comes from. The actual probability is therefore 48.6%.

Watch out for a triple

A triple is simply a result of three matching numbers, such as 3, 3, 3. Players can earn the biggest pay out, around 180 to 1, to bet on a specific triple appearing at a likelihood of around 0.46%.

Win at Sic Bo – Our Top Tips

“Sic Bo has no skill element so players can only make smart bets.”

“In casino Sic Bo, the player must not touch the dice.”

“The most common bets are big and small at almost 50/50.”

How to Improve Your Chances of Winning

Sic bo does not allow players to conduct a strategy, so the simplest way to improve your chances is by observing the nature of the various bets in the game.

The best bet in terms of chances is by far the big or small bet, or alternatively odds or evens, at a probability of 48.6%.

The house edge on triples prevent this from being a straight 50/50.

Those looking for bigger pay outs may want to consider a bet on dice combinations, i.e. for two of the dice to show a specific combination, such as 5 and 6, which has a 13.9% chance.

This is low still but pays 6 to 1 at most casinos. There is still a 2.8% house edge.

Players may also consider strategies for smart betting, such as the Martingale strategy of increasing the bet amount with each winning bet, but these are not fool-proof and merely represent a way to monitor how much is being wagered or won overall.

Sic Bow Rules

The rules are very simple, they operate a lot like craps.

In a casino, the dealer takes bets from each player as they place their chips on a certain part of the table. For online play, the player just clicks chips to wherever they want to bet.

Once all bets are in, the dice are shaken in a chest and revealed. Players cannot touch or use the dice at all, unlike craps.

The results are then checked and bets paid out as necessary. There is no second round, as seen in craps, so sic bo is a much faster game.

History of Sic Bo

An ancient game, with its origins largely unknown. The original Chinese names for the game are dai siu or tai sai.

This is likely one of the first betting games ever invented, far back in Chinese ancient history.

The game was introduced in America by Chinese immigrants in the 20th century, but only in the last decade has it gained legal status as a casino game in other areas like the UK.

The game has gained some following online since then, especially thanks to live dealer games which allow a mixture of cultural icons from across the world to be seen anywhere.

Types of Sic Bo

Sic bo has a few variants which have either pre-existed it or sprung up around the world as it gained popularity.
Grand Hazard is an English dice game, not to be confused with ‘hazard’, which was a precursor to craps. Grand hazard uses three dice like sic bo, but throws them from a cup or down a surface called a ‘hazard chute’. Three of a kind in this is called a ‘raffle’.
Chuck-a-luck is an American variant, where the dice are instead kept in a small cage which can be rotated end over end. This is also known as ‘birdcage’ or ‘sweat cloth’. This version tends to just use single number wagers. However, standard Asian sic bo is becoming more popular now.
Yee Hah Hi is a variant of sic bo played with symbols on the dice, instead of numbers. Players bet on colours, as each face has a different coloured animal.
Players should also be aware of slight variances in the pay out amounts from one sic bo game to the next, which can specifically happen between Atlantic City, Australian and Macau rules.

Advanced Tips

Don’t bank on your betting strategy, while strategies can be used on Sic Bo they do not guarantee success.
Know the bets that will pay-out, the big or small best is by far the best odds.
Avoid specific triples, They pay out 180 to 1< and have the worst odds of any bet.
Consider a specific combination bet, these bets have a more manageable 13.9% probability.