Sic bo may have started in Ancient China, but it made its way stateside and is now a favorite of many gamblers. The game has no shortage of betting options, and both the probability and the payouts vary heavily based on what you bet.
The Highest Betting Option
When it comes to sic bo, the highest betting option depends on whether you’re looking for the highest payout or the highest probability that you’ll hit on your bet.
If you’re looking for the highest payout, then you’ll want to bet on triples, meaning all three dice end up on the same number. The odds of this happening are 215 to 1 (0.46 percent), which makes it by far the least probable outcome of any sic bo bet. As such, it will also pay out the highest should you win.
There are several sic bo bets that are tied for the lead in terms of having the highest probability: big, small, odd, and even. A big bet hits when the dice combine for anything between 11 and 17, while a small bet hits when they combine for anything between 4 and 10. An odd bet hits when the dice combine for an odd number, while an even bet hits when they add up to an even number. However, none of these bets hit in the event of a triple. The odds for each of these bets are 37 to 35 (48.6 percent).
House Edge in Sic Bo
For the most part, the house edge in sic bo is correlated with the probability of the bet. The house edge is the amount that the casino keeps, on average, from each bet. Higher probability sic bo bets have lower house edges.
House edges vary by casino, but the standard house edge if you bet on triples in sic bo is 16.2 percent, meaning that if you bet $100, the casino will take $16.20 on average. When you bet big, small, odd, or even, the standard house edge is only 2.8 percent.
Sic Bo Betting Strategies
If you plan to stay at the sic bo table for a while, then you’ll maximize your chances of success by sticking to the high probability bets. You can still keep it interesting by mixing up your high probability bets between the four top options.
If you’re only going to play a few rounds, you may want to opt for bets with higher payouts. You’ll be less likely to win, but it’s far more exciting to have a low chance at a huge win than a good chance at a win that pays 1 to 1. Keep in mind that there are plenty of other high-paying bets you can make, so you don’t have to risk your money on the extremely low probability of a triples bet. You can also try betting specific doubles, dice combinations, or a four number combination (a bet that the dice will be any three in a group of four numbers).
There’s nothing like the thrill of betting triples in sic bo, and it will pay you the best if you win. For the best chance at long-term success, keep most of your bets big, small, odd, or even.