Tai Sai, or Sic Bo as it is often named, is a chinese dice game where players bet on the possible outcomes of the roll of 3 dice. It’s a strategy game, a little like craps in part, where knowing the right bets to make can be the difference between winning and losing.
Tai Sai, or Sic Bo as it is often named, is a chinese dice game where players bet on the possible outcomes of the roll of 3 dice. It’s a strategy game, a little like craps in part, where knowing the right bets to make can be the difference between winning and losing. Tai Sai is a very popular game in Macau and other Asian casino destinations.
The best bets on the Tai Sai or Sic Bo table have a house edge of around 2.8% – not too far different from playing single-zero roulette. But the worst bets on the Sic Bo or Tai Sai table have a house edge of around 47% – clearly you’ll want to avoid those. To help you ascertain which bets carry which edge, I’ve interspersed those details in the Bets and Odds section. Want to play now? You can play Sic Bo (Tai Sai) for real money at Genting Casino.
How to Play
1. The dealer covers the come and the 3 dice spin inside the covered dome.
2. Bet on any of the combinations that you think will win by placing your chips clearly in the area marked on the table. You can bet on as few or as many areas as you like.
3. The dealer will call “no more bets” and the cover of the dome is removed.
4. The winning areas will light up so you can see if you have won.
Bets and Odds
There are lots of ways to win on Tai Sai (Sic Bo) and the table may look confusing. Don’t worry, each area is clearly marked and you can ask the dealer for help if you’re not sure.
BIG and SMALL: This is a bet that the total of the three dice will either be small (4-10) or big (11-17). All big and small bets lose if a triple appears. Pays 1 to 1. (House edge 2.8%)
ODD and EVEN: This is a bet that the total of the three dice with either be odd (5,7,9…) or even (4,6,8…). All odd and even bets lose if a triple appears. Pays 1 to 1. (House edge 2.8%)
SINGLE DICE RESULT: This is a bet on what any of the three dice are going to be. If one of the dice comes up with your number, you win, and if two or all three dice come up with your number you win even more! On one dice pays 1 to 1; on 2 dice pays 2 to 1; or 3 dice pays 12 to 1. (House edge can be close to 8% – but depends on the three dice payout figure).
TWO DICE COMBINATIONS: This is a bet on what any two of the three dice will be. If the combination that you select comes in, you win! Pays 6 to 1. (Approx 16.7% overall house edge, depending on combination chosen)
FOUR DICE COMBINATIONS: This bet wins if three of the four numbers that you selected come up. Pays 7 to 1. (House edge not calculated – but likely 25% – 30% range)
THREE DICE TOTALS: This is a bet on the TOTAL of the 3 dice. Some of the totals pay 6 to 1, others more – right up to 62 to 1. Each casino may offer slightly different payout odds on each number. (House edge is from 9%-47% dependent upon the total chosen).
DOUBLES: This is a bet that at least two out of the three dice are going to be the same – a double. If you select a double that comes up, you win! Pays 11 to 1. (House edge about 11%)
SPECIFIC THREE DICE COMBINATIONS: Choose what the three dice will be. If you select the right combination you win 30 to 1. If the combination you select includes a double you win 60 to 1. (House edge not calculated but likely 15% – 25% range)
ANY TRIPLE: This is a bet that all dice will show the same number – a triple. With this bet you don’t have to pick what the numbers will be, so long as they are all the same. Pays 31 to 1. (House edge 11%)
SPECIFIC TRIPLE: This is a bet that all three dice will be the same – a triple. You will have needed to select the specific number to win BIG! Pays 180 to 1. (House edge 16.2%)
Casino Barred’s Advice
This can be a fun game to play – but you should only play it for small stakes, and for a small amount of time. To give yourself the most playing time available, stick to the low risk bets of BIG and SMALL, ODDS or EVEN – leaving all other combinations. Play this game at a reputable online casino, such as Genting Casino.
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