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Updated: Dec 27, 2023


Sic Bo, which translates to "dice pair" in English, is one of the most popular games in Asian casinos. The game also has a following in some casinos in the United States.

If you have never played Sic Bo, you will notice some similarities with craps. It features a board and three dice. And, as with craps, the board looks confusing, and it can be difficult for you to understand the different bets. Here are the 3 best Sic Bo bets you can make and where to find them on the board:

1. Big or Small

I put these two bets together. They give you the same chances of winning (48.6%) and have the same house advantage (2.8%).

A large bet can be found in the upper right corner of the scoreboard. You should have no problem finding the big bet as it is marked with the winning numbers 11 to 17 and pays 1 to 1. The only time you don't win if the dice are between 11 and 17 is in the case of a triple, a combination of dice with the same three numbers.

Here is an example:

Throwing three 4s would be a triple and make you lose.

The Small Bet is located in the upper left corner of the board. This bet offers a 1 to 1 payout if the three dice are combined for a score between 4 and 10. Again, you lose if a triple appears, such as three 2s.

2. Even or Odd

An odd bet is a bet on three dice forming an odd number. An even bet is a bet that the dice will form an even combination.

Aside from how these bets win, they are in no way different from large and small bets. The odds of winning on both bets are still 48.6% and the house edge is 2.8%.

Even and Odd offer players the same advantages as Big and Small. But there is an important difference:

Even and odd don't appear on most Sic Bo boards.

Assuming odd and even bets are offered, you will find both in the upper left corner of the table, while the large and small bets are listed in the upper right corner.

3. Dice Combinations

These are bets on two of the three dice that will appear as a specific combination of numbers, and they are all in the second to last row of the board.

1 and 2, 2 and 3, and 3 and 4 are some of the different dice combinations you can bet on. In total, you will find 15 dice combinations across the board.

Each dice combination only has a house edge of 2.8%. However, there is a crucial difference:

You only have a 13.9% chance of winning any of the 15 combination dice bets.

This is the main disadvantage of betting on any combination of dice. You won't win as often as with a big, small, even or odd bet.

But if you win, you get a 6 to 1 payout.

Unfortunately, some Macau casinos only offer a 5 to 1 payout, increasing the house edge to 16.7%. If this is the case in your game, don't even bother making a combination bet on the dice.

The Worst Bets on Sic Bo

The problem with Sic Bo is that every bet except the one I have already mentioned has a house advantage of 7.4% or higher.

Don't waste time with any of the other bets.

But if you're planning on trying some of the other bets on the board, avoid the following bets:

Specific Dice Combinations - Two dice form a specific combination, while the third die shows a specific number. The payout is 50 to 1, but the house edge is 29.2%. And you only have a 1.4% chance of winning.

Specific Double - In this bet, you bet on two of the three dice with specific numbers. You win a win of 10 to 1 if you succeed, but the house edge is 18.5%. And you only have a 7.41% chance of winning.

Triple specific - The same number appears on all three dice, and you receive a huge 180 to 1 payout on a successful bet. This is exciting, of course, but specific triples only occur 0.46% of the time and the house advantage is 16.2%.


Sic Bo sometimes gets a bad rap compared to other table games due to the high house edge on some bets. But you can find some bets that make Sic Bo worth playing.

The great thing is that you can choose high probability bets such as big, small, odd or even. Or you can go for the riskiest dice combinations and still enjoy the same low house edge of 2.8%.

But again, given the house edge on some bets, we recommend that you stay within the limits of these bets, so you don't get burned by the casino.

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