Sic Bo: Bet Your Numbers Combo, Shake Up Three Dice for a Possible Win on the Outcome

If you’re interested in playing a casino table game that’s diverse from the all too familiar games ala Blackjack, 3 Card Poker, Craps, and Roulette, you may want to try Sic Bo.

The game is very popular in Southeast Asia, Korea and in the world’s newest gaming destination, Macau, China. It is lesser known in the west, although it can be found in some upper end casinos in Las Vegas and Atlantic City, usually confined to areas designated for Asian games.

The Objective of Sic Bo

The objective is to wager on the outcome of various numerical groupings when three dice are rolled. Winning combination payouts from the fifty allowable bets range from 1 to 1 to as high as 180 to 1.

Sic Bo is played on a large rectangular table with a house dealer, although table layouts, components and payouts will vary slightly between jurisdictions. There are fourteen betting stations but there is no limit to the number of players. The table minimum is usually five dollars. Three dice numbering from one to six sit on a vibrating platform under a glass dome.

Bet options are shown in pictorial configuration with their payout amounts. Wagers are placed directly on the desired combination(s). The dealer initiates the first round of the table’s play by activating the vibrating platform. When it stops he will enter each die face number onto a keypad that lights up the winning combinations. Then rotating around the table, each player takes his/her turn at vibrating the dice in the electric cage shaker after placing their bets. The dealer will once again enter the die face numbers onto the keypad.

There are seven different types of bets in Sic Bo:

Small or Big Bet

Betting that the total will be between 4 and 10 (small) or between 11 and 17 (big). A win pays even money at 1 to 1. These are your best odds even though any combination of three equal numbers are a loss to the player, such as a combo of 2-2-2 equaling 6 on the small bet. This provides the house edge of about 3%.

Single Number Bet

Betting that a combination of two particular numbers will appear. Payout 5 to 1.

Three Number Total Sum

Betting on the combined total of all three dice from 4 to 17. Payouts range from 6 to 1 up to 60 to 1 as outlined on the table.

Double Bet

Betting that the resulting roll will contain two of any number. Pays 10 to 1.

Any Triple Bet

Betting that the resulting roll will contain three of any number. Pays 30 to 1.

Triple Bet

Betting that the resulting roll will contain three of a specific number. The payout is huge at 180 to 1, but this is the worst bet in Sic Bo. There are 216 (6x6x6) possible dice combinations and only one can be a winner. True odds; 216 to 1!

You might find this game fun to play in that it’s unlike the other table games.

Good Luck!

Double Attack Blackjack: Think the Casino Dealer Has a Weak Hand? Double Your Bet to Attack

Double Attack Blackjack is another variant of this popular table game. During recent years alternates have been appearing (and disappearing) from the casino pits. The most active variants today are Blackjack Switch, Spanish 21, Free Bet Blackjack, and Three Card Blackjack.

Blackjack rules for Double Attack Blackjack gives the player the opportunity to double the play bet if he or she thinks the casino dealer has a weak up card.

How the Game is Played

A Spanish Deck s used which has 48 cards instead of the usual 52. The four 10’s are removed. Ace through 9, and J, Q, K, are all in play. Eight 48 card decks are used. Insurance pays 5/2 but a player blackjack pays even money instead of the usual 3/2 or 6/5 in some jurisdictions.

After all players place their initial wager the dealer will reveal his or her up-card. It’s important to note that this is done before any cards are dealt to the players.

Based on the value of the dealer up-card, players then have the option to Double Attack the dealer’s hand by placing an additional bet in the appropriate position. The amount must be equal to or less than the initial wager. After two cards are dealt to each player the following options are playable:

  • Double Down – on any two cards on the initial and double attack wagers up to the original bet.
  • Split – any pair. Players must place an equal amount for both the initial and double attack bets.
  • Surrender – When the dealer does not have a blackjack players can surrender one half of their wager(s) including after hitting, splitting, or doubling down.

Optional Bust It! Side Bet

This optional side bet pays if the dealer busts with exactly three cards. Otherwise the bet loses.Players can wager as little as one dollar up to their initial bet but not mor than $50. Here is the winning pay table:

Third Card Bust

  • J, Q, K – Pays 3/1
  • Nine – Pays 6/1
  • Eight – Pays 8/1
  • Seven – Pays 10/1
  • Six – Pays 15/1
  • Bonus 8-8-8 Same color – Pays 50/1
  • Bonus 8-8-8 suited – Pays 200/1

Things to Consider When Playing

According to simple blackjack basic strategy:

  • If a dealer’s up-card is a 2 or 3, he or she is considered neutral
  • If the dealer has a 4,5, or 6, the dealer is considered weak
  • If the dealer has a 7 through ace, he or she is strong

Remember that players do not have any cards when choosing to attack or not.

The insurance payout of 5/2 (for the few players that take this option) is more than double the standard 2/1 however when taking insurance players are betting that the dealer has a blackjack. With 32 10’s removed from an eight deck game, there are fewer blackjack possibilities for the dealer and player. Doubling down is also less effective in that there are fewer 10’s.

Here’s a recommended strategy when deciding to double attack or not:

  • If a dealer’s up-card is 2 or 3, make your minimum attack bet
  • If the up-card is a 4,5, or 6 make your maximum attack bet
  • If the up-card is 7 through Ace, do not make an attack bet

The game is not as prevalent in brick and mortar casinos as the aforementioned blackjack variants. For you readers in or near Niagara Falls, Canada, the game is at the Fallsview Casino. It is also available online for free and real play.

Good Luck!