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How to play Lucky Dice, Sic Bo or Chinese Dice

Lucky dice is a very exciting and entertaining dice game that is an alternative to traditional “Craps” and brings together the most popular casino game of roulette and craps and its very simple to learn in minutes.The gaming table is identical to a craps table but the layout simply provides your invited guests and clients to bet on the simple options detailed below. Although Lucky Dice can be dealt by all of our professional croupiers we will always secure a truly professional craps dealer at your event or celebration who is an integral part of Lucky Dice entertaining your invited guests with their “call” winning bets, Cockney Rhyming slang and Double Intenders that will fascinate your guests. Our truly professional croupiers have initially picked up these skills in casinos and cruise ships taking them around the world and many years experience in the fun casino industry here in the UK.

Sic Bo (pronounced See Bo) literally means "dice pair", but the game is actually played with three dice. It is also known as Tai Sai (Lucky dice). A number of English games have been developed on the same lines as Sic Bo, namely roulette and Chuck-a-Luck which we also have available to hire. So if you're familiar with either of these, then you're on your way to understanding Sic Bo.

Although the board may look complex, the rules of Sic Bo are very simple.

Three dice are thrown in turn by your invited guests, and players bet on the results of the throw – e.g. the total of the three dice, any single number appearing, two specific numbers appearing, or a certain combination of numbers.

Each bet has a different payout based on probability, and you can place as many bets as you like - similar to Roulette.

We'll take you through the bets one by one to help you understand the game.

Sic Bo bets


The easiest bet on the Sic Bo board is the bet on the three dice total. This ranges from 4 to 17 (3 and 18 are separate Triple bets)

The payouts on each of these bets differs, based on the probability of each score occurring. These are clearly displayed on the betting squares on the layout – EASY.

For example, a total of 4 pays around 60 to 1 (i.e. win 60 chips per chip staked) whereas a total of 10 or 11 pays out at 6 to 1 (win 6 for every 1 staked).

Small and Big

You can bet on the total of the three dice being Small (i.e. 4 to 10) or Big (11 to 17).

The payout on Big and Small is 1 to 1 i.e. it's an evens chance bet, like Red / Black or Odd or Even in Roulette.

Big and Small both lose if any triple appears. This is why a total of 3 and 18 is not included in these bets. This rule works in a similar way to the zero in Roulette i.e. it makes the 50/50 bets slightly less than evens chance.


The Combination bet is a bet on any two specific numbers showing on the three dice.

The payout on a Combination bet is 6 to 1 (i.e. win 6 units for every 1 chip bet, total return of 7 chips), regardless of which combination you bet on.

This differs from the Total bet (see below), which pays different amounts depending on the specific total.


The Single bet is a bet that a specific number will show on any of the three dice.

The payout on a Single bet depends on how many occurrences of the chosen number turn up on the three dice.

If the number chosen turns up on one dice, you get paid 1 to 1 (1 chip won per chip staked). If it turns up on two dice, you get paid 2 to 1 and if it comes in on all three you get paid 12 to 1.

This latter payout differs wildly from the Triple bet (see below), which pays 180 to 1 for a specific triple. But these different betting options are what make Sic Bo so fascinating!


The Double bet is a bet that two of a specific number will show on the three dice.

You can bet on any double from 1 to 6 and the payout is 10 to 1 (i.e. you win 10 chips for every 1 chip staked).

Unlike the Triple bet (see below), there's no option to bet on any double - you have to bet on a specific double, though you can bet on as many doubles as you like, in combination with any number of other bets.


The Triple bet is a bet that all three dice will show a specific number.

You can bet on any specific triple from 1 to 6 and also bet that any triple (i.e. non-specific) will occur.

The payout on any triple is 30 to 1 (i.e. you win 30 chips for every 1 unit staked), but the payout on a specific triple is a whopping 180 to 1, making it the biggest payout on the board, and a far larger payout than the measly 35 to 1 on a single number in Roulette!