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Sic bo, also known as tai sai, dai siu, big and small or hi-lo, is an unequal game of chance played with three dice, and of ancient Chinese origin. Grand hazard and chuck-a-luck are variants, and of English origin. The literal meanings of sic bo, tai sai and dai siu are dice pair or dice bowl, lucky dice and big small respectively.
Sic bo is played with three standard dice that are shaken in a basket or plastic cup. Traditionally, in Asia, the dice were shaken on a small plate covered with a bowl, which was then lifted to reveal the roll. In modern casinos the dice are shaken mechanically, and the outcome is keyed into a computer which automatically lights up the winning zones on the table.
TYPES OF BETS
There are seven different types of bets that can be made in the game of Sic Bo:
Wagers may be made on any one of the six dice sides, 1 through 6. If that number comes up on any one of the dice, the bet is paid off at 1:1. If two of the dice come up with the same number, the bet is paid off at 2:1. If all three dice come up on that same number, the bet is paid off at 3:1.
A bet may be made on a combination of two particular numbers. If those two numbers come up on any two of the dice, the bet is paid off at 5:1.
Wagers may be made on the total of all three dice. The player can bet on any specific total from 4 to 17. The payoff on this bet varies from 6:1 to 50:1, depending upon the total bet.
Another bet is a wager of "small" or "big". A bet on small wins if the total of the three dice is between 4 and 10. A bet on big wins if the dice total between 11 and 17.
A wager can be made that a particular triplet will come up with a payoff of 150:1.
A bet can be made on any triplet with a payoff of 24:1.
A bet can be made on any pair of numbers turning up, with a payoff of 8:1.
Sic-bo table (single player):
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