Sic Bo is also referred to tai sai, hi-lo, big and small or dai sai. The game originates from China and is played with three dice. It also has variants like chuck-a-luck and grand hazard English origins. Sic Bo literally translates to precious dice.
Gameplay involves the three dice which players bet on. The bet is placed against a certain event taking place such as all dice showing the same number. Players place bets on different areas of a board with various betting options. The dealer then shakes a box containing the 3 dice and opens it to reveal what combination he has.
Players can place bets on doubles appearing (two similar numbers on the three dice) while any triple loses (the same value on all three dice). Big and small bets involve the number totals on the dice. Betting on the dice to bring up 4 to 10 counts as a small bet, a big bet is one where the dice make up a total of 11 to 17.
The game of Sic Bo is exciting and dramatic because players can have a lot of fun if the dice favors them and a lot of heartache if they don’t. Even more interestingly, nothing the player does can affect the outcome of the dice shake.