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Three dice for Big and small

Big and small is a dice game of pure luck. It is a popular gambling game in China and is still offered in some casinos in Asia, notably in Macau. A variation is the common casino game Sic bo.

Rules

The game is played with three dice. Traditionally, the dice are placed on a plate, covered with an inverted bowl and the plate and bowl are then shaken together. After gamblers place their bets, the banker uncovers the bowl, pays the winners and the game continues on to the next round. In modern casinos the dice are shaken mechanically, and the outcome is keyed into a computer which automatically lights up the winning zones on the table.

The game is called “Big and Small” because the main bets are on “high points” (big) or “low points” (small). Other bets are also offered:

Name of Bet Winning Criterion Dividend Odds of Occurrence House Advantage
Big (大) Dice Total: 11 to 17
Player loses if “Alls”
1 to 1 48.61% 2.78%
Small (小) Dice Total: 4 to 10
Player lose if “Alls”
1 to 1 48.61% 2.78%
All 1 (圍一) All 1 1 to 180 0.46% 16.7%
All 2 (圍二) All 2 1 to 180 0.46% 16.7%
All 3 (圍三) All 3 1 to 180 0.46% 16.7%
All 4 (圍四) All 4 1 to 180 0.46% 16.7%
All 5 (圍五) All 5 1 to 180 0.46% 16.7%
All 6 (圍六) All 6 1 to 180 0.46% 16.7%
Any Alls (全圍) All x 1 to 30 2.78% 16.7%

This is a game in which no skill is required on the players’ part, and the house always has an advantage.

This guide is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses material from the Wikipedia.

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