Finding Your Winning Sic Bo Strategy

No matter what game you're gambling in, there's a strategy and sic bo is no different from any other casino game in this aspect. In fact, there are various Sic Bo strategies that you can use when you are playing.

Low Risk Sic Bo Strategies
Those gamblers who aren't looking for a lot of risk will want to place bets that have the smallest house edge.  In sic bo, this is going to be on the big, small and combination bets.

The big and small bets are as close to you can get in terms of even chances in the game of sic bo.  This also makes them useful for low-risk sic bo strategies and wagering systems.  

There are several systems that you could utilize with these bets including:


You will place your bets on either the big or small bets for a certain number of rolls. You will then judge your results based on whether they are alternating or if you are going on winning streaks.  You will then bet accordingly.

The Paroli system is when you add to your bet as you win.  The amount isn't fixed, as it is in the Martingale strategy.  Rather, it is up to you to decide how much to add to your bet each time you win and how many bets you should make before you pull a percentage of your winnings out and pocket them.

The 1-3-2-4 system and the 1-3-2-6 system are based on the sequence of winning bets.  If you win all four of your bets, you go back to the start of the sequence.  If you lose any bet, you start back at the beginning of the sequence.  This is a positive progression system similar to that of Paroli. 

The 1-3-2-6 system works as such:
If you lose your first bet, you lose 1 unit
If you lose your second bet, you lose 2 units
If you lose your third bet, you still make a profit of 2 units
If the fourth bet is a loser, you break even
If you win your fourth bet, your profit overall is 12 units

The 1-3-2-4 system works as such:
If your first bet is a loss, you lose 1 unit
If your second bet is a loss, you lose 2 units
If your third bet is a loss, you make a profit of 2 units
If your fourth bet is a loss, you make a profit of 2 units
If your fourth bet is a win, then you have an overall profit of 10 units.

The combination bet is attractive to low risk players as well.  This is because it also has a low house edge. The odds against winning this bet are 6-1 and the payout is 6-1. Even though this bet doesn't fit the systems above, it is a good idea to manage your money in such a way that you place the bet 15 times. If you win before your 15 bets are up, take your winnings and stop.

Medium Risk Sic Bo Strategies
  If you want to expand from low risks bets into a realm where there is potential for bigger wins, then you will want to explore your options here.  This strategy involves combining your bets to cover a larger number of opportunities. The winning strategy here is to combine your bets so that you have four chances to win on each spin. Although, you will also be risking four times your stake if you were to lose, but the returns can easily make up for this if you win.

In sic bo, it's all about betting on certain numbers.  With this strategy, you will combine your bets on four numbers. For instance, you know that if two of the three dice show a 1, the 3 dice total could be 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, or 8.  It cannot be 9, 10, 11 or 12.  In this situation, you will place a bet on the total being higher than 8 and you would bet on double 1 also.

The same is true if two of the dice show a 6.  In this instance, the 3-dice total would have to be greater than 12, so your bet on double 1 or 2 will give you another chance.

If you look at the odds of sic bo, you will find that bets on 9 and 12 provide a higher payout that is closer to your chances of winning than many of the other bets. A winning bet on a double will pay out at 11-1 and the odds are against 13-1.

This strategy is a good medium-risk strategy that allows you to place multiple bets:
Bet 3 units on the number 9 and 2 units on double 1, 5 and 6

You may also place this type of bet:
Bet 3 units on the number 12 and 2 units on double 1, 2 and 6

Either way, you bet 9 units total.

Your possible return on the first bet is 24 units if the number 9 wins or 24 units if the double wins.  Or, 24 units if the 12 wins or 24 units if the double wins. 

High Risk Sic Bo Strategies
 A high-risk bettor wants to use a strategy that allows them to ride their luck and their winnings, as well as place multiple bets.  If a high-risk player bets on 8, 9, 12, 13 and doubles, they will have the opportunity to win twice on one spin.
For instance, you could bet on 8, but you cannot bet on double 4, 5, or 6.  This is because the winning total would be higher than 8.  But, if you bet on 8, you could bet double 1, 2 or 3.

Therefore, the following are potential bets that you could make:
Bet 3 units on the number 8 and bet 2 units on the double 1, 2 and 3
Bet 3 units on 9 and bet 2 units on double 2, 3, and 4
Bet 3 units on 12 and bet 2 on double 3, 4, and 5
Bet 3 units on 13 and bet 2 on double 4, 5 and 6

The potential winnings would be:
For the first and last scenario, you would win 51 units
For the second and third scenario, you would win 48 units

There are many, many combinations and strategies that you can utilize when playing sic bo. You will want to select the gambling style that suits you best and then apply the overall strategy. However, do be aware that you will have to gauge your winning and losing streaks and bet accordingly.

Triple: The player must bet on any specific triples, such as three 2's. The player wins their wager if all three dice match the triple.  Pays 150 -1 in Macau and 180-1 in Atlantic City.

Any Triple: With this wager, the player wins when there is any three of a kind. Typically pays 24-1 in Macau and 30-1 in Atlantic City.

1-6: This bet is when the player wagers on any specific number ranging from 1 to 6. If the number they choose appears once, they win 1-1 on the payout.  If it appears twice, they win 2-1 and 3 times pays 3-1.

Odd: This bet wins on any odd total the dice show, but loses on a three of a kind.This is a bet that is never seen in the US, although common in Macau.

Even: Wins on any even total, but loses on a three of a kind. Another bet that is common in Macau, but never in the US.

If you happen to be playing in China, specifically Macau, it is not uncommon to see dice that use pictures and colors rather than numbers.  This version of Sic Bo is referred to as Yee Hah Hi. This version of Sic Bo also has different bets and winning payouts.

When considering Sic Bo rules, it's also important to realize that each bet has a different house advantage. These vary accordingly to the house's Sic Bo rules as well as the payouts for the casino, especially when playing online and in Las Vegas.

Before you even sit down to play, you need to make a decision on how much you are going to bet.  Many players sit down willing to risk far more than they can afford to lose, so you don't want to do this, as it is a great way to go home broke. But, if you follow a few money management rules, you can increase your chances of walking away with money (and hopefully more than you sat down with):

Before you sit down at the table, decide how much you are going to lose.
Divide your money up and watch how much you will bet at each round.
One of the best ways to walk away with money is to "pocket" a certain percentage of your winnings when you win.  Or, pocket all of it.

For instance, let's say you have $500 to bet. Incidentally, because you are willing to bet it, you're also willing to lose it. Start the game out betting the minimum, $25 for example. Put any winnings aside and at the end of the 25th round, you will have played $500 even. This is exactly how much you already intended to spend, so anything above that are winnings.
This is a simple strategy to use and will give you a chance to play the game longer without going broke or needing to hit the ATM or use more cash that you originally intended.  

Remember, when you're gambling anytime you walk away with money in your pocket, even if it is $20, you're still a winner!  Luck of the draw plays a major factor in gambling, so be careful and disciplined. Try not to allow your emotions to get the better of you while you are gambling, especially on a game like baccarat because the game is based so much on luck of the draw.

The largest bet on punto receives two cards that are also face down.  The punto player can then look at the cards and give them back to the dealer. The dealer then turns the cards over while another casino dealer announces winner and results of the hand.

If the banco or punto hand has a total of eight or night, this hand is a "natural."  No more cards are dealt after this. However, if it is not a natural, then the casino dealer will instruct the card dealer to deal a third card, depending on the value of each hand. When to deal the third card is set based on the set of rules for third card dealing for both the player and the bank.

When dealing has ended, the hand with the highest hand count is the winner. The casino dealers then pay winning bets and collect losing bets. The player dealer is not responsible for handling payouts, as he is still playing against the casino.


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