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Sic Bo

Sic Bo means "dice pair". It's a game that originated from ancient China and was thought to have been played using bricks plunged between two plates and an inverted bowl.

Sic Bo, as we know it today, uses three dice and the ubiquitous cage shaker.

Throughout the world, and through time, Sic Bo has been known by different names. The ancient game of Sic Bo is known as Tai Sai which means "Lucky Dice". In the Philippines, Sic Bo is called "Hi Lo". Meanwhile, in Macau, the game is popularly known as "Dai Siu", which means "Big Small". Both "Hi Lo" and "Big Small" refer to the most game's most popular betting option. Sic Bo also has similarities with the English game known as "Grand Hazard."

Sic Bo has been vastly popular in Southeast Asia, Korea and China. Today, the game's popularity is increasing even in western countries. Proof is that Sic Bo is played in almost all western casinos, both land-based and online.

Sic Bo is a very simple and fun game to play. Players merely bet on the outcome of a role of the three dice. Players can choose from any single number, two of a kind or three of a kind. There are fifty possible wagers and players can bet on as many as they want.

Apart from the simplicity of the game, the huge payouts contribute to the Sic Bo's popularity. Imagine winning at odds of 180:1 (for specific triples)!

Sic Bo is played on a table showing the 50 possible bets. Players place their bets on the appropriate box on the Sic Bo table, just like in roulette. The dice are then shaken by the dealer, who enters the results on the table. The winning combinations are then lit up, lucky winners are paid out and losing bets are removed.