Sic Bo is an ancient Chinese gambling game played with three dice and a table marked with a variety of betting options similar to a roulette table. The name Sic Bo originally meant “two bricks” which then became “dice pair”. However, today it is played with three dice which makes the game more interesting.
Other Sic Bo Names
Early on in Sic Bo history, the game became known throughout Asia as Tai Sai, Dai Siu, Big and Small, and Hi-Lo. It is widely played in the Philippines as “Hi-Lo” and in other Asian countries as “Dai Siu”. Although it is an extremely popular game in Asia, it was only introduced in the U.S. in the beginning of the 20th century with the influx of Chinese immigrants into the country. The game can now be found in most U.S. casinos although it is one of the lesser known casino games and is often played in rooms designated by the casino for Asian games.
Sic Bo is played with three standard dice that are shaken in a basket or cup. Players bet on the combinations which show up on the three dice and multiple bets are allowed. In Asia the tradition was to shake the dice on a small porcelain plate covered with a bowl which was then removed to show the result of the “roll”. In casinos the dice are shaken mechanically in the basket or cup and the result is fed into a computer which then lights up the winning areas on the table. For many players, the biggest attraction of the game is the fact that the table lights up. Others are attracted by the attractive odds and the potential for big payouts.