Live dealer games are easily found online, but live croupier Sic Bo is a little less common to come across. The casino game which has Ancient Chinese roots can be found at Microgaming online casinos in a live dealer format so you can play with a human croupier streamed to you in real time.
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If you aren’t familiar with the live dealer format or want to know more about the live Sic Bo variant, keep reading.
What is live croupier Sic Bo?
Sic Bo is a very popular casino game, which originated in China over two centuries ago. It wasn’t until the 1970s the game became a real money gambling title and made the transition to the online world. While it has become a Western game, it still isn’t as common here as it is in the casinos in Macau.
The random number generator version of Sic Bo isn’t found everywhere, but you can find it at some of our online casinos like Royal Vegas. Now when it comes to the live dealer format, where a human dealer is set up in a studio and streamed directly to the device of the players, Sic Bo can only be found at casinos hosting software from the top casino games provider, Microgaming.
While it is a game of chance, playing with a human dealer can create a social atmosphere and enhance the overall gaming experience.
Live Sic Bo online variants
While there are many software developers available online, including a wide range of reputable live dealer providers, they haven’t included a Live Sic Bo variant – focusing more so on live blackjack, roulette, and poker variants. However, one of the best providers of RNG games does offer a live Sic Bo title in their catalogue.
Microgaming’s Live Sic Bo
We visited Royal Vegas to try out the live Sic Bo title, which is only available to access in real money mode. You can download the casino client here if you have a PC or stick to your Web browser – both platforms offer the live dealer variant.
When you are all logged in and your account is funded – you can do so using a variety of Aussie-friendly payment methods – locate the Live Sic Bo variant via the search bar. Click on the title and the live dealer lobby will appear. You can pick from three tables each offering different table limits including $0.50 to $72, $2 to $180, and $5 to $350. Pick your preferred limits and the table will load – if you have a solid internet connection it shouldn’t take too long.
The table will appear with a digital layout featuring virtual chips ranging from $0.50 up to $500, depending on the table limits you have chosen. A dealer will also appear at the table who is human and is being streamed to you in real time. She can see your bets, but not you, despite the table layout displayed to you as a digital interface and she controls the game. Microgaming web technology is of high quality and the streaming quality is excellent. You can lower the quality to suit your Internet connection if it is staggering however.
You can play in ‘Full Screen’ mode for a better view, since the feed is confined to the box within the history of the winning outcomes and the statistics of the game. You can also turn the video feed off and still play.
Place your bets by clicking a chip size and then on the table layout of your preferred wager – we will detail the available bets below – and once the croupier calls the bets the video will transform to the three dice being shaken by the dealer.
The outcome will be announced, any winnings will be paid and a new round will occur again.
Microgaming’s Live Sic Bo bets and payouts
There are a number of Sic Bo bets to consider, with the following offering the payouts of Microgaming’s live dealer version.
- Small bet – the total of the three dice being less than 10, but more than four, pays 1:1
- Big bet – the total of the three dice being more than 11, but less than 17, pays 1:1
- Odd bet – the total of the three dice will be an odd number, pays 1:1
- Even bet – the total of the three dice will be an even number, pays 1:1
- Triple bet – what the exact number all three dice will be, pays 180:1
- Any Triple bet – the three dice will all display the same number, pays 31:1
- Double – what the exact number two dice will be, pays 11:1
- Two Dice Combination – two of the dice will show different numbers, and what are pays 6:1
- One dice – a specific number with three dice matching, pays 12:1
- One dice – a specific number with two dice matching, pays 2:1
- One dice – a specific number with one dice matching, pays 1:1
The triple and any triple bets
The triple bet and the any triple bet, which we detailed in the list above, cancels out all of the aforementioned bets if it wins. So if you’re on another wager and it wins and the triple bet also occurs, your bet loses.
While this may prompt you to opt for the triple bet, the house edge is around 16% so it isn’t really an economical option. You can lower the house edge and still take the same risk by opting for the any triple bet where the number can be any – as long as it is all the same – but the house edge is still high at 11%.