Do you know what ‘Tai Sai’ means! It means “Big and Small”. Also known as Sic Bo Tai Sai is an ancient Chinese game of chance with a modern twist and it’s easy to learn and fun to play. The instruments to play eventually changed to the more common dice with six sides, but the premise of betting on the outcome of each role is more or less the same in modern Sic bo online game tables. During the industrial revolution, the game started to spread from China, finding its way to both Macau and Las Vegas. From there, it has become a fixture across the world, including in Australian casinos. In addition, the Sic bo game has also found a home at online casinos. The tables at a Sic bo online casino allow Aussies and people from nearly every other corner of the globe to play whenever they want and win real cash. Many consider the Sic bo games in Australia to be some of the best.
How to play Tai Sai
For playing Tai Sai simply place your cash on the table and the Dealer will exchange it for gaming chips – then you’re ready to go! After playing, go to the cashier to change any chips back to cash or take them to another table to continue the fun.
Tai Sai is a game played with three dice concealed within a tumbler. The aim of the game is to correctly predict the numbers or combinations of the dice before they are revealed by the Dealer. The Dealer will cover the dice and activate the tumbler, spinning them three times. Simply bet on any of the numbers or combinations that you think will appear by placing your chips clearly within the area marked on the table. Every possible bet appears on the table layout, along with the odds for each bet. You can bet on one dice (that is, whether a certain number will appear on at least one die), two dice combinations (whether two numbers will appear), or the total value of all three dice, trebles, big and small. You can bet on as few or as many areas as you like. When all bets have been placed, the Dealer will call “no more bets”and reveal the dice. The winning areas will light up so you can see if you have won.
The online Sic bo has been steadily increasing in popularity over the past years. The exciting combination of big wins and a fast pace have attracted many to the simple Sic bo game. As such, Australian online Sic bo players are growing in number and many have even ventured to nearby Macau to play the game. Still, online Sic bo is the most popular form of the game for Aussie gamblers.
However, the good players will be pleased to learn that Australia, of all places, is renowned for the most attractive tai sai payouts on the planet. This is in direct contrast to land casinos collective reputation for short-odds blackjack games and double-zero roulette tables. The reason is pretty simple: casino operators love Chinese tourists, due to the ancient nation’s deeply ingrained gambling culture. So combine great odds with our relative geographical proximity compared to the UK and the US, and Australia becomes a primo destination for Asian players.
Following are the wagers allowed on a typical Australian layout, such as the ones commonly found at Melbourne’s Crown Casino.
- Small – Win if the total sum of the dice is between four and 10, excluding triples (i.e. when all dice show the same number). Pays 1 to 1.
- Big – Win if the total sum of the dice is between 11 and 17, excluding triples. Pays 1 to 1.
- Total values – Win if you pick the total sum of all three dice. Payouts vary, with four and 17 the largest (62 to 1), and 10 and 11 the smallest (6 to 1).
- Any triple – Win if all three dice are the same number, regardless of the number (e.g. 1-1-1 and 6-6-6 both win). Pays 31 to 1.
- Specific triples – Win if all three dice show a specific chosen number (e.g. if we bet on triple ones, we only win if 1-1-1 shows). Pays 180 to 1.
- Specific doubles – Win if two of the three dice show a certain number (e.g. if we bet on double ones, we would win if the dice turned up 1-5-1). Pays 11 to 1.
- Two-die combination – Win if two specific numbers show (e.g. betting on one and three both turning up). Pays 6 to 1.
- Single number – Win if the chosen number shows, with larger payouts if the number turns up two or three times. Pays 1 to 1 for a single, 2 to 1 for a double, and 12 to 1 for a triple.
Some games will also allow the following wagers, although these are rarely found beyond the high-roller rooms or the gaming floors of Macau.
- Evens or Odds –Identical as in roulette, the player bets on the total value of the dice being either an even number (four, six, eight, et cetera) or an odd one (three, five, seven, et cetera). Pays 1 to 1.
- Three of four – This wager resembles a boxed trifecta in horse and greyhound racing. Players choose four numbers, from one to six, and win if any three of those numbers should hit. For example: if we choose three, four, five, and six, and the roll shows 5-4-6, we win. (Some casinos limit this bet to a few specific combinations – e.g. Crown, when using this rule, allows only four combos, each paying 7 to 1.)
Bets and Odds
There are many ways to win on Tai Sai and to some of the players the table may look confusing. Need not to worry, each area is clearly marked and you can ask the dealer for help if you’re not sure.
After playing, go to the cashier to change any winnings back to cash or take them to another table to continue the fun.
The Tai Sai tables at casinos have varying minimum and maximum bets. Before you play, please check the sign displaying the betting range at the table.
As with all Table Games, if you are not sure about a bet or the rules of the game, just ask one of the Table Games staff for assistance. They will be happy to explain anything about the game that you may not understand or provide you with further information in relation to the rules.