As with most games at a casino, Sic Bo features a variety of opportunities for players to win different payouts based on how their bets are placed. Although it can be daunting for new players to fully understand, this guide will aim to streamline that information and include tips on how to use this payout chart to the player’s advantage. Entire betting strategies have been developed based on Sic Bo’s payout progression system, and these systems are a solid opportunity for Sic Bo amateurs that haven’t fully grasped the game yet for themselves.
Basic Betting Payouts
One of the most common bets in Sic Bo is whether the total number rolled will be “small” or “big.” Small wagers hinge on the total value being between 4 and 10, without any triples being rolled. Similarly, big wagers hinge on the total value being between 11 and 17, and again, without triples being rolled. In either case, the payout is one to one for a successful bet.
Of course, individual numbers can also be bet on, with varying payouts based on the available combinations for those specific numbers. The combination of 4 or 17 pays out an astonishing 60-1, but is offset by the fact that there are only three combinations that exist in the game which total either of these two values, making the total house edge more than 15%.
Substantially more likely to occur is the combination of 5 or 16, which pays out 30-1. 6 or 15 then pays out 17-1, and 7 or 14 pays out 12-1. From here, the payouts drop considerably in order to parallel the substantial increase in the odds of the value appearing. 8 or 13 pays out 8-1, 9 or 12 pays out 6-1, and 1 or 11 pays out 6-1.
Finally, players can move beyond combined values and place bets on single numbers occurring. Placing a bet on any number appearing on one of the dice pays out 1-1. Players can pick out any two combination of dice for a payout of 5-1, and then move on to a double of a single number for a 10-1 payout. Once a player has exhausted all of these options, they can opt to bet on any triple appearing, at 30-1 odds. If they’re feeling particularly risky though, they can choose to instead gamble on a specific triple appearing, which pays out the most in the game: 180-1.
Taking Advantage of the System
Since the house edge in this game scales based on the potential payouts of a combination occurring, it can be difficult for new players to devise a betting strategy that overcomes this discrepancy. The easiest way to make the system work for the player though is to adopt a low-risk betting system that actually incorporates the potential payouts into the strategy. For example, if a player focuses half of their bets on a specific number, followed by a single bet on the double version of that number, and then another single bet on the triple version of that number, they’ll be able to potentially make a significant profit over time, even if only one of that number ever makes an appearance on each roll.