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Sic Bo - Your Best Bet For Fun In Casino Games

Dec 7, 2007
I love Sic Bo. I know I shouldn't - all the 'serious' gamblers out there tell me I'm wasting my time, that it's a mug's game.

But there's something about the atmosphere of the game - the colors, the sounds, the lights - that really excites me.

For those who don't already know, Sic Bo (pronounced See Bo) is an ancient Chinese game and one of the so-called Big Four games beloved of Asian and Far Eastern players. Every casino has an area set aside for its Asian clientèle. These areas are always characterized by their noisy, exciting atmosphere in which huddles of players stake vast amounts of cash on seemingly mystifying games with exotic-sounding names.

Sic Bo literally means "dice pair", but is actually played with three dice. Players have a variety of betting options on the roll of those dice. The dice are rolled in an egg-timer shaped cage to remove any suspicion of foul play. When the cage stops spinning, the results are displayed to the players, amidst much noise and confusion!

If you prefer to gamble online - as I do - you'll find that Sic Bo is very faithfully represented. The look and feel is right and it captures the excitement very well. Not all online casinos offer Sic Bo, and there are some differences between software platforms and individual casinos. Before you play, consult a guide to online Sic Bo, such as the one at Fortune Palace which tells you what to look out for - and where to find it!

As one of the Big Four, it falls into the category of 'Fortune' games. To understand the games, you must understand why Asian and Far Eastern gamblers play them. Unlike the typical gambler, they are not necessarily seeking to get rich quick. Instead, they see these games as a way to test themselves against the world. To the Asian and Far Eastern player, luck is considered a moral attribute. If fortune is smiling on you, you are seen as blessed.

This explains why experienced Western gamblers stay away from Sic Bo, seeing it instead as a leisure game for wealthy ladies with no understanding of 'real' gambling.

But a deeper look into the odds of the game shows that good bets exist for those looking to apply one of the many betting systems devised over the centuries to take advantage of even money bets ie those with a 50% of occurring. Whilst no casino games has exactly a 50% chance, some lie close. In Sic Bo, these bets are the Big and Small bets.

Big is a bet that the total on all three dice will be 11 to 17. Small is a bet that the total will be 4-10. Neither bet wins if three dice of the same value occur - that's where the house has its edge.

Strategists can use a system to extract a profit from Sic Bo using these bets. The most popular of these gambling systems are explained and tested at Fortune Palace.

But to me, this is missing the point of the game. As a 'Fortune' game, I don't see Sic Bo as a fast track to riches, but as an enjoyable pastime and a way to see if fortune is smiling on me.

For fun in the casino, I think it's unbeatable.
About the Author
Andy Follin is the author of Fortune Palace, which explains the Rules of Sic Bo and tells you where to play.
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