While it’s true that sic bo involves a lot of luck, more so than the other table games, there is a certain amount of strategy that can be used. In this sic bo guide, we’ll be separating any possible sic bo strategy into three types: beginner strategy, casual strategy and high roller strategy.
If you’re a beginner at sic bo, the first thing you should do is not go to a land-casino. Playing at land-casinos is usually for the more seasoned players who know the bets like the inside of their hand. Unless you have a big wad of cash you’re willing to blow, this isn’t the best way to go.
Instead, try your hand at sic bo at your online casino first. If you’re too intimated to go straight to live casino – that’s fine. Providers like Microgaming and Playtech also design sic bo table games, where it’s just you and the computer.
Next, set yourself a budget. And keep to that budget as you’re playing. Since sic bo allows you to place various bets per round, it can be easy to lose track of your bankroll. The most important factor about playing sic bo for the first time is the type of bets you choose. Beginners should always stick to Small and Big bets to start off with. This is due to their very low house edge of 2.78%.
Once you win 1:1 bets, you can then use the money won to double your initial wager and experiment with the casino’s money instead of yours. For example, if you wager $5 on a Small bet and you win, you’ll get an equal $5 from the casino to play with $10. Once you’re more comfortable with the way the game works, you can advance to other more risky types of bets.
Once you’ve developed a more fluent understanding of how the game works, you can up your sic bo strategy. Take more of a chance. Not only does this mean wagering on bets with more house edge and more of a payout rate, but also betting on more than one outcome per roll.
At this more experienced level, you can start what’s termed ‘combination’ betting. Meaning, combining different types of bets to increase your chances of winning. For example, if you place a wager on a Double bet of 1 you’re planning for a scenario where at least two dice land ‘1’. In this scenario, the total would necessarily be a maximum of 8 (because 1+1+ the highest possible number for the third dice, 6 = 8). So, you can also place a bet on Big or a Total bet of ’13’ in the case where the scenario you planned out doesn’t play through.
It’s basically a lot of mind-games with yourself, which is always fun. But the end-game here is to create a safety net for yourself.
High Roller Strategy
When you’re a high roller looking for excitement, you don’t really give a crap about safety nets. But, thankfully, with a solid sic bo strategy you can still have your fun while having safety nets in place. You’ll be thankful in the long run, trust us. But – the mode of thinking in this case isn’t so much ‘safety net’ as it is to win as many times as possible on the same roll. Meaning: how many different bets can you make that will all payout with a specific result?
Here is a case example of how a high roller should think when playing sic bo:
Bet Total 8, Double 1, 2 and 3. Say you bet three units on a Total 8 and 2 units each on Doubles 1, 2 and 3. The results of the dice could be 1-1-6, 2-2-4, and 3-3-2 and you’ll have cashed out on two different bets (the doubles, and the total). This strategy can be repeated in a lot of different ways. For example, you can bet 3 units on a total of 13, and 2 units each on doubles 4, 5 and 6. In addition, place a 2 unit bet on a Combination bet of 4-5. This means that for a bet of a value of 11 units you could get three different wins – 27 units if the Total 13 wins, 22 units if the doubles win, and 12 units if the combination wins.
Sound strategy, but still pretty risky in terms of the money you’ll be wagering.