Sic Bo is a dice game of Asian origin. The name means “two dice” or “dice pair” and refers to the some of the higher paying bets that a player can place. In fact the game uses three 6-sided dice and a variety of betting options are available as marked on the Sic Bo table, all based on predictions of what dice combinations the throw will yield.

Players place their bets on the Sic Bo table, predicting various outcomes, totals and combinations of the three dice. Multiple bets can be placed and they pay off according to the odds indicated on the table.

Betting and the odds
There are seven different types of bets in Sic Bo:

Dice Face: players may bet that any one of the six dice sides will show. If that number comes up on any one of the dice, the player wins even money. If two of the dice show the selected face, the bet is paid off at 2-to-1. And if all three dice show the same face, the bet is paid at 3-to-1. The house edge on this bet is approximately 8%.

Two Faces: this is a bet that a combination of two particular numbers will appear. If the player bets, for example, that a 1 and a 6 will appear and it does, the house pays off at 5:1. The house advantage here is about 17%.

Totals: players can wager on the total of all three dice. The player selects a specific total from 4 to 17. Since the combination of faces that can result in the selected total varies, so too does the payoff (see chart). The chart gives the corresponding house advantage on that particular totals bet.