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Simple Sic Bo Strategy

By: Mario Candolini, Monday October 6th 2008
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Sic Bo is a game very much like craps, the major difference being that Sic Bo is played with three dice whereas craps is played with two dice. Ironically Sic Bo means a pair of dice. Like craps Sic Bo offers a large number of bets that have varying house edges. Hence the simple Sic Bo strategy revolves around selecting bets with low house edges and avoiding bets with high house edges.

House edges are like a commission taken from each payout. The problem is that they are not specified as a commission but the payout is reduced. This enables the online casinos to have different house edges on different bets and the new or ignorant player will never know what the house edge is. Expert Sic Bo players can compute correct payouts and figure out what the house edge is for a given bet. But it is simpler for new players to memorize which bets have lower house edges and which bets have higher house edges. Some of the bets that have low house edges in Sic Bo and should be played are described below.

When three dice are rolled the total of the three numbers on the top faces of the dice is the number called. This number varies from 3 to 18. The "Small" bet wins when the total lies between 4 and 10 except if all three dice show the same number. This bet pays out even money and has a house edge of 2.78%. A similar bet is the "Big" bet, which wins on totals falling between 11 and 17 except if all three dice show the same number. This bet too pays out even money and has a house edge of 2.78%. Another pair of bets that pay out even money and have house edges of 2.78% is the "Odd" and "Even" bets. The "Odd" bet wins when the total is odd and the "Even" bet pays when the total is even. In both cases the bets do not win if all three dice show the same number.

Players should also know which bets have high house edges. One such bet is "Two of a Kind". The player bets on two individual numbers (not the totals) and if these numbers appear on any two of the three dice then the bet wins. The bet pays out at 5 to 1 and has a house edge of 16.67%. "Three of a kind" wins when all three dice show the number bet on. The bet pays out at 7to 1 and has a house edge of 11.11%.

The discerning online player can see a pattern emerging. Bets with higher payouts tend to have higher house edges. Hence while playing Sic Bo players should restrict the impulse to go for big winnings and settle for more modest payouts.

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