Every player at the Sic Bo table is trying to predict how the three dice will land. They can predict one die, two dice, or all three dice in a number of ways. In fact, there are exactly eight universal betting possibilities, as follows.
Single Number Bet
Wagers are made on any of the six possible faces of the dice that may appear, 1 through 6; payouts range from 1-to-1 for a single occurrence of the chosen number to 2-to-1 for two incidences and 3-to-1 for all three dice showing the selection.
Combination Bet (Pair Match)
This wager is on two different numbers coming up among the three dice, such as 2-3 or 4-6; it pays 6-to-1.
Doubles & Triples
Doubles: This wager is on a specific pair of numbers coming up on two of the three dice, such as 4-4 or 6-6; it pays 10-to-1.
Triples: This wager is on the same specified number coming up on all three dice, such as 4-4-4 or 6-6-6; it pays at least 150-to-1 and as much as 180-to-1 in some casinos.
This wager is on any non-specified number coming up on all three dice; it pays 30-to-1.
Three Dice Total Bet
This wager is on a specific total, from 4 to 17, coming up when the pips on the faces of the three dice are added up; it usually pays 60-to-1 for the 4 or 17; 30-to-1 for the 5 or 16; 17-to-1 for the 6 or 15; 12-to-1 for the 7 or 14; 8-to-1 for the 8 or 13; and 6-to-1 for the 9 through 12.
Small Bet Big Bet
A small bet: A wager that the total of the three dice will between 4 and 10; it pays 1-to-1. However, it loses if a Triple comes up, such as 2-2-2 or 3-3-3.
Big Bet: A wager that the total of the three dice will between 11 and 17; it pays 1-to-1. However, it loses if a Triple comes up, such as 4-4-4 or 5-5-5.
A few other bets are possible in variations of the game, such as “Odd” or “Even” Totals paying 1-to-1 or Odd/Even Triples paying 25-to-1 for combinations that contain only odd or only even numbers. Some variations allow betting on “Any Double,” too. And “Colors” can also be bet in the Sic Bo version known as “Yee Hah Hi” played in Macau. It is always a good idea to consult the local House Rules before wagering.