If you have ever been to a casino in Macau (and if you haven’t you need to go), you will know all about Sic Bo. It has to be the most popular game in the “Chinese Vegas” (well, maybe baccarat tops the list but there’s not much in it).
Sic Bo is an old Chinese gambling game. You can also find it in Las Vegas and Monaco, but it’ll be a little harder to find. And of course, it is readily available to play online.
It’s like craps in that it involves dice- but that’s pretty much where the similarities end. In Sic Bo, you have 3 dice and a table with a list of betting options based on the outcome of the roll of the dice. The amount of options can be a little daunting at first. Don’t worry- just have a go on the free game here, and you’ll soon get the hang of it. It’s like craps in that respect- there are lots of betting options, but generally only a few are played frequently.
Basically, the aim of the game is to correctly predict the outcome of the dice roll. You can bet on specific dice combinations or on the total value of the dice.
Even Money Payout Bets: 1:1
These bets are a bit like the red/black bet in roulette.
So for example, a Small Bet is a bet that a total of 4, 5,6,7,8, 9 or 10 will be rolled. If a 1, 1, 4 was rolled, that would be a Small Seven.
The a Big Bet would be predicting that a 11,12,13,14,15,16 or 17 will be rolled.
You can also make a One Dice Bet (One Dice Match) which pays out even money.
In this bet you are predicting that a number will appear (say 3) at least once on one of the 3 dice.
Three Dice Total Bets
These are the easiest to understand. You just need to predict the total. A bet on 10 pays out 6:1 (as there are more combinations that can make up this total), and a bet on 4 pays out 62:1.
If you like games with an oriental favour, try the new Gung Pow Slot Machine from Microgaming, which is a chinese New Year themed game. It’ll be lucky for some!