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Sic Bo
Introduction
Sic Bo, meaning "dice pair" is an ancient Chinese gambling game. It is very popular in Macau, in my estimation second to baccarat only. In the United States is often found in the Asian gaming rooms, especially in Atlantic City. The large Las Vegas properties will usually have one table in the general casino.
The game uses three dice and a table with a variety of betting options on the roll of those dice. The odds and table layout may also vary from place to place. However, the payoffs are the same across Atlantic City and Macau, but different from each other. In Vegas and on the Internet casionos, anything is possible.
Image take from the Claridge Hotel/Casino rule book. Click on the image to see the rules on the next page.
 Small: Wins on total of 410, except for a three of a kind. Probability of winning is 48.61%. Pays 1 to 1. House edge is 2.78%.
 Big: Wins on total of 1117, except for a three of a kind. Probability of winning is 48.61%. Pays 1 to 1. House edge is 2.78%.
 Total of 4 and 17: Pays 50 to 1 in Macau, 60 to 1 in Atlantic City, and 62 to 1 in Australia.
House Edge for 4 and 17 Bets
Pays Probability House Edge 50 1.39% 29.17% 51 1.39% 27.78% 52 1.39% 26.39% 53 1.39% 25.00% 54 1.39% 23.61% 55 1.39% 22.22% 56 1.39% 20.83% 57 1.39% 19.44% 58 1.39% 18.06% 59 1.39% 16.67% 60 1.39% 15.28% 61 1.39% 13.89% 62 1.39% 12.5% 63 1.39% 11.11% 64 1.39% 9.72% 65 1.39% 8.33%  Total of 5 and 16: Pays 18 to 1 in Macau, 30 to 1 in Atlantic City, and 31 to 1 in Australia.
House Edge for 5 and 16 Bets
Pays Probability House Edge 18 2.78% 47.22% 19 2.78% 44.44% 20 2.78% 41.67% 21 2.78% 38.89% 22 2.78% 36.11% 23 2.78% 33.33% 24 2.78% 30.56% 25 2.78% 27.78% 26 2.78% 25.00% 27 2.78% 22.22% 28 2.78% 19.44% 29 2.78% 16.67% 30 2.78% 13.89% 31 2.78% 11.11% 32 2.78% 8.33%  Total of 6 and 15: Pays 14 to 1 in Macau, 17 to 1 in Atlantic City, and 18 to 1 in Australia.
House Edge for 6 and 15 Bets
Pays Probability House Edge 14 4.63% 30.56% 15 4.63% 25.93% 16 4.63% 21.3% 17 4.63% 16.67% 18 4.63% 12.04% 19 4.63% 7.41%  Total of 7 and 14: Pays 12 to 1 everywhere.
House Edge for 7 and 14 Bets
Pays Probability House Edge 10 6.94% 23.61% 11 6.94% 16.67% 12 6.94% 9.72%  Total of 8 and 13: Pays 8 to 1 everywhere.
House Edge for 8 and 13 Bets
Pays Probability House Edge 7 9.72% 22.22% 8 9.72% 12.50%  Total of 9 and 12: Pays 6 to 1 in Macau and Atlantic City. Pays 7 to 1 in Australia.
House Edge for 9 and 12 Bets
Pays Probability House Edge 6 11.57% 18.98% 7 11.57% 7.41%  Total of 10 and 11: Pays 6 to 1 everywhere. House edge of 12.50%.
 Double: Bet on any specific pair (for example two 1's). Player wins if at least 2 of the number chosen appears. Pays 8 to 1 in Macau, 10 to 1 in Atlantic City, and 11 to 1 in Australia.
House Edge for Double Bets
Pays Probability House Edge 8 7.41% 33.33% 9 7.41% 25.93% 10 7.41% 18.52% 11 7.41% 11.11%  Triple: Player may bet on any specific trips (for example three 1's). Player wins if all 3 dice match the number chosen. Pays 150 to 1 in Macau and 180 to 1 in Atlantic City.
House Edge for Triple Bets
Pays Probability House Edge 150 0.46% 30.09% 155 0.46% 27.78% 160 0.46% 25.46% 165 0.46% 23.15% 170 0.46% 20.83% 175 0.46% 18.52% 180 0.46% 16.20% 185 0.46% 13.89% 190 0.46% 11.57%  Any Triple: Wins on any three of a kind. Pays 24 to 1 in Macau and 30 to 1 in Atlantic City.
House Edge for Any Triple Bet
Pays Probability House Edge 24 2.78% 30.56% 25 2.78% 27.78% 26 2.78% 25.00% 27 2.78% 22.22% 28 2.78% 19.44% 29 2.78% 16.67% 30 2.78% 13.89% 31 2.78% 11.11% 32 2.78% 8.33%  Any One Number: Bet on any specific number from 1 to 6. If chosen number appears 1 time bet pays 1 to 1, if it appears 2 times bet pays 2 to 1, and if it appears 3 times it pays 3 to 1 (in Atlantic City and Macau). Probability of 1 match is 34.72%, 2 matches is 6.94%, 3 matches is 0.46%. House edge of 7.87% (in Atlantic City and Macau). In Australia three matches pays 12 to 1, for a house edge of 3.70%.
 Odd: Wins on any odd total, except loses with any three of a kind. This bet I have only seen in Macau, never in the United States. Probability of winning is 48.61% and house edge is 2.78%.
 Even: Wins on any even total, except loses with any three of a kind. This bet I have only seen in Macau, never in the United States. Probability of winning is 48.61% and house edge is 2.78%.
 xyz: I don't know the correct title of this bet, so made up my own. The player chooses a threenumber combination, using three unique numbers, for example 135. The bet pays 30 to 1 if all three are rolled. Probability of winning is 2.78% and house edge is 13.89%. I am aware of only Macau offering this bet.
 xxy: Again, I don't know the correct title of this bet, so made up my own. The player chooses a threenumber combination, using two unique numbers, and specifying which will be rolled twice. For example 224. The bet pays 50 to 1 if the roll matches exactly. So, in this example, 244 and 245 would lose. Probability of winning is 1.39% and house edge is 29.17%. I am aware only of Macau offering this bet.
 wxyz: Once again, my own title. The player chooses a fournumber combination, using four unique numbers. for example 1346. The bet pays 7 to 1 if the roll matches three of the chosen numbers. In my example, 134, 136, 146, and 346 would be the only winners. Probability of winning is 11.11% and house edge is also 11.11%. I am aware of Macau only offering this bet.
 Domino: The player chooses a twonumber combination, using two unique numbers. This bet is called a "domino" because the area on the table felt for these bets look like dominoes. For example 25. The bet pays 5 to 1 if the roll contains both numbers. For example a bet on 25 would win on a rolls of 125, 225, 235, 245, 255, and 256. Probability of winning is 13.89% and house edge is 16.67%.
Following are tables summarizing each bet under the Atlantic City and Macau rules.
Sic Bo — Atlantic City Rules
Bet  Pays  Winning Combinations 
Probability  Return 

Small, Big  1  105  0.486111  0.027778 
4, 17  60  3  0.013889  0.152778 
5, 16  30  6  0.027778  0.138889 
6, 15  17  10  0.046296  0.166667 
7, 14  12  15  0.069444  0.097222 
8, 13  8  21  0.097222  0.125 
9, 12  6  25  0.115741  0.189815 
10, 11  6  27  0.125000  0.125000 
Triple  180  1  0.004630  0.162037 
Any triple  30  6  0.027778  0.138889 
Double  10  16  0.074074  0.185185 
Domino  5  30  0.138889  0.166667 
Any number  1,2,3  75,15,1  0.421296  0.078704 
Following is a table summarizing each bet under the Macau rules.
Sic Bo — Macau Rules
Bet  Pays  Winning Combinations 
Probability  Return 

Small, Big  1  105  0.486111  0.027778 
Odd, Even  1  105  0.486111  0.027778 
4, 17  50  3  0.013889  0.291667 
5, 16  18  6  0.027778  0.472222 
6, 15  14  10  0.046296  0.305556 
7, 14  12  15  0.069444  0.097222 
8, 13  8  21  0.097222  0.125000 
9, 12  6  25  0.115741  0.189815 
10, 11  6  27  0.125000  0.125000 
Triple  150  1  0.004630  0.300926 
Any triple  24  6  0.027778  0.305556 
Double  8  16  0.074074  0.333333 
xyz  30  6  0.027778  0.138889 
xxy  50  3  0.013889  0.291667 
wxyz  7  24  0.111111  0.111111 
Domino  5  30  0.138889  0.166667 
Any number  1,2,3  75,15,1  0.421296  0.078704 
Following is a table summarizing each bet under the Australia rules.
Sic Bo — Australia Rules
Bet  Pays  Winning Combinations 
Probability  Return 

Small, Big  1  105  0.486111  0.027778 
4, 17  62  3  0.013889  0.125000 
5, 16  31  6  0.027778  0.111111 
6, 15  18  10  0.046296  0.120370 
7, 14  12  15  0.069444  0.097222 
8, 13  8  21  0.097222  0.125000 
9, 12  7  25  0.115741  0.074074 
10, 11  6  27  0.125000  0.125000 
Triple  180  1  0.004630  0.162037 
Any triple  31  6  0.027778  0.111111 
Double  11  16  0.074074  0.111111 
Domino  6  30  0.138889  0.027778 
Any number  1,2,12  75,15,1  0.421296  0.037037 
Sic Bo House Edge Comparison
Bet  Macau  Atlantic City  Australia 

Small, Big  2.78%  2.78%  2.78% 
4, 17  29.17%  15.28%  12.50% 
5, 16  47.22%  13.89%  11.11% 
6, 15  30.56%  16.67%  12.04% 
7, 14  9.72%  9.72%  9.72% 
8, 13  12.50%  12.50%  12.50% 
9, 12  18.98%  18.98%  7.41% 
10, 11  12.5%  12.50%  12.50% 
Triple  30.09%  16.20%  16.20% 
Any triple  30.56%  13.89%  11.11% 
Double  33.33%  18.52%  11.11% 
Domino  16.67%  16.67%  2.78% 
Any number  7.87%  7.87%  3.7% 
Internal Links
 Sic Bo appendix. This is a brief explanation of how the odds are calulated for each bet.
 Yee Hah Hi. Similar game found in Macau, using symbols instead of numbers.
 Hoo Hee How. Similar game found at Internet casinos using Amigotechs software, using symbols instead of numbers.
Written by: Michael Shackleford