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An Introduction to Sic Bo

Sic Bo is a really ancient game that traces its roots all the way to the days of ancient China. The name literally means a pair of dice, though that is kind of strange since the game we see nowadays is played with three dice instead of two. Some believe that the third dice was added only way after the invention of the game.

Before the game actually hit western soil, it has already gained popularity in the Asian region. Wherever the game goes, it takes on a new name of sorts but the general idea of the game remains the same. It has been known as "Tai Sai" literally meaning lucky dice. In the Philippines the game took the name of Hi Lo. Strange enough, the name of the game changed again to Dai Siu (literally translates to Big Small) in Macau.

The game also reached the rest of Southeast Asia including Korea. The game reached the areas of the west through the Asian immigrants and movement of these populations in the 19th century. The game has now gained popularity in the casinos of America and other western countries. Though at times, a casino would have a private room for playing this game and other Asian games as well.

Sic Bo isn't at all that hard. If you look at the table layout it would have some similarities with craps and roulette (all three games have a lot of possible bets that can be made). The object of the game is quite similar to that of craps where players try to predict the outcome of the dice.

The table used for the game has a lay out that shows 50 possible bets. You'll have the pictures of dice outcomes and the pay out for each combination. That may seem overwhelming but by gradually learning the game and practicing strategy, you'll have as much a great time with this game as craps or roulette.

Dice combinations that players bet on would include combinations of three dice, two dice combinations, and single dice combinations. The payouts of this game come in a huge range like 60 to 1, 30 to 1, and as low as 1 to 1 for the single dice results (known as small bets). You can expect that the house edge is quite high for the triple number bets.

Sic Bo is a game that is gaining popularity in western casinos of today. It has even reached online. It is a great way to have fun and win some money along the way.