Last Updated: August 22, 2002

Sicbo Online: Which software providers offer which odds

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Looking for the best Sic Bo odds on the Internet. The following chart shows what five major software brands pay for each bet.

Online Sic Bo Odds

Bet Microgaming Playtech Boss Media Aqua Online World Gaming
Small, Big 1-1 1-1 1-1 1-1 1-1
4, 17 62-1 60-1 60-1 50-1 50-1
5, 16 31-1 30-1 30-1 30-1 25-1
6, 15 18-1 17-1 17-1 18-1 15-1
7, 14 12-1 12-1 12-1 12-1 10-1
8, 13 8-1 8-1 8-1 8-1 6-1
9, 12 7-1 6-1 6-1 6-1 5-1
10, 11 6-1 6-1 6-1 6-1 5-1
Triple 180-1 180-1 180-1 150-1 150-1
Any triple 31-1 30-1 30-1 24-1 25-1
Double 11-1 10-1 10-1 8-1 11-1
Two die combination 6-1 5-1 6-1 5-1 5-1
Any number (1,2,12)-1 (1,2,3)-1 (1,2,3)-1 (1,2,3)-1 (1,2,3)-1

The next table shows the house edge on each bet.

Online Sic Bo Odds

Bet Microgaming Playtech Boss Media World Gaming Aqua Online
Small, Big 2.78% 2.78% 2.78% 2.78% 2.78%
4, 17 12.5% 15.28% 15.28% 29.17% 29.17%
5, 16 11.11% 13.89% 13.89% 13.89% 27.78%
6, 15 12.04% 16.67% 16.67% 12.04% 25.93%
7, 14 9.72% 9.72% 9.72% 9.72% 23.61%
8, 13 12.5% 12.5% 12.5% 12.5% 31.94%
9, 12 7.41% 18.98% 18.98% 18.98% 30.56%
10, 11 12.5% 12.5% 12.5% 12.5% 25%
Triple 16.2% 16.2% 16.2% 30.09% 30.09%
Any triple 11.11% 13.89% 13.89% 30.56% 27.78%
Double 11.11% 18.52% 18.52% 33.33% 11.11%
Two die combination 2.78% 16.67% 2.78% 16.67% 16.67%
Any number 3.7% 7.87% 7.87% 7.87% 7.87%

While no one casino is best or worst at all bets Microgaming offers equal or better odds on all bets except the 5 and 16 (Playtech is best). Boss Media is normally mediocre but they deserve special mention for paying 6-1 on a 2-number combination, resulting in a 2.78% house edge. Speaking of Boss Media, as of this writing the only Boss casino to offer Sic Bo is Player's Club. If you like playing the single numbers both Microgaming and Playtech pay 12-1 if all three dice match, for a house edge of 3.70%.

Overall the best bets are always on the big and small, paying even money, for a house edge of 2.78%. Of equal house edge is the 2-number combination at Micogaming and Boss Media.

World Gaming and Aqua Online offer unforgivably bad odds on some of their bets.

For more about Sic Bo rules and odds visit my Sic Bo section. For more specifics on the Sic Bo games in this articles visit my reviews of Boss Media, Microgaming, Aqua Online, Real Time Gaming, and Playtech.

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