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Last Updated: February 26, 2019

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Side Action Dice

Introduction

Side Action Dice is the first slot machine side bet I've ever seen, where the outcome of the side bet was completely independent of the what happened in the base game. I saw it on the Tattoo game at the Suncoast on Febuary 5, 2019 at the Suncoast casino in Las Vegas.

Rules

The player may make an optional side bet on the throw of six six-sided dice. Following is the pay table. All wins are on a "for one" basis, meaning the player does not get his original bet back, even on a win.

  • Six sixes — 2000
  • Six of a kind (1-5) — 400
  • Five of a kind — 40
  • Two three of a kinds — 16
  • Four of a kind and pair — 12
  • Straight (1 to 6) — 6
  • Four of a kind — 4
  • Three pair — 2
  • Three of a kind and pair — 1

Analysis

The following table shows the number of combinations, probability of winning, and contribution to the return of all possible outcomes. The lower right cell shows an expected return of 93.71%.

Side Action Dice

Bet Pays Combinations Probability Return
Six sixes 2000 1 0.000021 0.042867
Six of a kind (1-5) 400 5 0.000107 0.042867
Five of a kind 40 180 0.003858 0.154321
Two three of a kinds 16 300 0.006430 0.102881
Four of a kind and pair 12 450 0.009645 0.115741
Straight (1 to 6) 6 720 0.015432 0.092593
Four of a kind 4 1,800 0.038580 0.154321
Three pair 2 1,800 0.038580 0.077160
Three of a kind and pair 1 7,200 0.154321 0.154321
All other 0 34,200 0.733025 0.000000
Total 46,656 1.000000 0.937071

In case you are trying to work out these odds on your own, which I would applaud, here is a breakdown of the ways of losing:

  • Three of a kind and 3 singletons — 7200
  • Two pair and two singletons — 16200
  • One pair and four singletons — 10800

Written by: Michael Shackleford

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