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SIC BO


Introduction

Sic Bo is an Asian dice game that is available with Microgaming, Playtech, Real Time Gaming, Boss Media, Grand Virtual, World Gaming, and Gambling Federation softwares. The game often is not allowed for bonus play due because it is possible to simultaneously bet on winnings and losing outcomes. It is a good choice for Microgaming Clearplay bonuses, if it counts 100% towards wagering.

 

Rules and Play

After placing your bets, three dice are rolled. Any winning bets are paid according to the listed payout. Possible bets are listed below. The Small / Big bets typically have the lowest house edge.

Small / Big -- Small pays if the sum of the dice is 4-10. Big Pays if the sum of the dice is 11-17. Both bets lose if any triple is rolled (1/1/1, 2/2/2, 3/3/3, 4/4/4, 5/5/5, or 6/6/6).

Numbers 4-11 -- Pays if the sum of the dice equals the selected number

One Die -- Pays if the selected number is rolled on 1 or more of the dice

Two Dies -- Pays if the selected combination is rolled

Doubles & Triples -- Pays if the selected combination is rolled

A summary of payouts and the corresponding house edge is below. The standard paytable and standard house edge apply to Playtech, Real Time Gaming, World Gaming, Orbis, and Gambling Federation. Microgaming offers improved payouts on many of the bets. Boss Media offers an improved payout on the Two Dies bet. Grand Virtual offers improved pay on 3 of the bets. The other common softwares do not offer sic bo.

Hand Odds Standard Paytable Standard House Edge Improved Microgaming, VueTec Improved Boss Media Improved Grand Virtual
Small or Big 105 / 216 1:1 2.78% -- -- --
Sum = 10 or 11 27 / 216 6:1 12.5% -- -- --
Sum = 9 or 12 25 / 216 6:1 19.0% 7:1, 7.4% -- 7:1, 7.4%
Sum = 8 or 13 21 / 216 8:1 12.5% -- -- --
Sum = 7 or 14 15 / 216 12:1 9.7% -- -- --
Sum = 6 or 15 10 / 216 17:1 16.7% 18.1, 12.0% -- 18.1, 12.0%
Sum = 5 or 16 6 / 216 30:1 13.9% 31:1, 11.1% -- --
Sum = 4 or 17 3 / 216 60:1 15.3% 62:1, 12.5% -- --
One Die 91 / 216 1/2/3:1 7.9% 1/2/12:1, 3.7% -- 1/2/10:1, 4.8%
Two Dies 30 / 216 5:1 16.7% 6:1, 2.78% 6:1, 2.78% --
Double 16 / 216 10:1 18.5% 11:1, 11.1% -- --
Any Triple 6 / 216 30:1 13.9% 31:1, 11.1% -- --
1 Triple 1 / 216 180:1 16.2% -- -- --

 

Strategy

There is no strategy to Sic Bo. Simply choose one of the low house edge bets, roll the dice, and see if you have won or not. The lowest house edge bets are Small / Big with the standard paytable. With the improved Microgaming and Boss Media paytables, the Two Dies bets and Small / Big bets have the same house edge.

 

Variance and Bet Size

The standard deviation per hand of Sic Bo Small / Big bets is 1.00, the same as roulette or a coin flip. The standard deviation per hand of Two Dies bets is a high 2.42. The other bets have a higher house edge and are not desirable. See the return & variance calculator for expected range of return and bet size decisions.

 

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