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Rules of Sicbo

1. Definitions
2. Table Layout and Equipment
3. Wagers
4. Minimum and Maximum Wagers

5. Play of the Game
6. Settlement
7. Irregularities
8. General Provisions

 

1. Definitions

1.1 In these rules, unless the contrary intention appears:

  • "Act" means the Casino Control Act 1992;

  • "casino promotional token or voucher" means a token or voucher issued by the casino operator to enable the player to have one free wager at a gaming table in the amount identified on the token or voucher. Promotional tokens and vouchers wagered at a table are forfeited after a valid result whether the wager wins or loses. If the wager wins, the player is to be paid the winnings in chips or color checks;

  • "casino supervisor" means a person employed in a casino in a managerial capacity relating to the conduct of gaming and includes a games supervisor;

  • "color checks" means chips without denomination markings;

  • "dealer" means a person responsible for the operation of the game;

  • "game supervisor" means a person responsible for the immediate supervision of the operation of the game;

  • "inspector" means a person appointed under section 106 of the Act;

  • "marker button" means a button used to denote the value of color checks;

  • "total" means the sum of the numbers shown on the uppermost sides of the three dice;

  • "value chips" means chips marked with denominations of value;

  • "void" means invalid with no result.

 

2. Table Layout and Equipment

  • 2.1 The game of Sic-Bo shall be played at a table having on one side places for the players and on the opposite side a place for the dealer(s).

  • 2.2 The layout of the table shall display the name and/or logo of the casino, shall have areas designated for the placement of wagers. 

  • 2.3 The table shall be fitted with electronic equipment which shall be programmed so that when the three winning numbers corresponding to a declared result of a game are entered into the equipment by the activation of the relevant numbered buttons or switches, all the winning areas of the layout shall be illuminated.

  • 2.4 A dice tumbler, either mechanically or electronically activated, shall be affixed to the table, have a dome-shaped, removable, non-transparent cover and be used to tumble the dice.

  • 2.5 A set of three dice shall be sealed in the dice tumbler. The sides of each die shall be numbered by the use of dots from one to six, so arranged that the sum of the numbers of any pair of opposite sides on each die is seven.

  • 2.6 An entry terminal, linked to the electronic equipment referred to in rule 2.3, shall be attached to the top of the table and have switches or buttons numbered 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.

  • 2.7 The following equipment shall also be used:

    • 2.7.1 marker buttons, constructed of plastic in different colors, sufficient to indicate the values of the color checks in use at the table.

  • 2.8 The table shall have a drop box attached to it.

 

3. Wagers

  • 3.1 The wagers defined in this rule shall be the permissible wagers by a player at the game of Sic-Bo:

    • 3.1.1 "Small" means a wager which shall:

      • 3.1.1.1 win if any of the totals of 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 or 10 appears in any combination of the three dice, with the exception of triple 2 or triple 3;

      • 3.1.1.2 lose if any other total or a triple appears.

    • 3.1.2 "Big" means a wager which shall:

      • 3.1.2.1 win if any of the totals of 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 or 17 appears in any combination of the three dice, with the exception of triple 4 or triple 5;

      • 3.1.2.2 lose if any other total or a triple appears.

    • 3.1.3 "Specific Triples" means a wager on any one of the specific triples 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6, which shall win if that triple appears and shall lose if any other combination appears.

    • 3.1.4 "Specific Doubles" means a wager on any one of the specific doubles 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6, which shall win if that double or a triple of the same number appears, and shall lose if any other combination appears.

    • 3.1.5 "Any Triple" means a wager on any triple 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 which shall win if a triple appears and shall lose if any other combination appears.

    • 3.1.6 "Three Dice Totals" means a wager on any one of the totals 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 or 17 which shall win if that total appears in any combination of the three dice and shall lose if any other total appears.

    • 3.1.7 "Dice Combinations" of
      1 and 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6,
      2 and 3, 4, 5 or 6,
      3 and 4, 5 or 6,
      4 and 5 or 6,
      5 and 6, means a wager on any one of these specific combinations which shall win if that combination appears and shall lose if any other combination appears;

    • 3.1.8 "Single Die Bet" means a wager on any one of the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6, which shall win if that number appears on one or more of the dice and shall lose if that number does not appear.

  • 3.2 All wagers shall be made by placing value chips or color checks and/or casino promotional tokens or vouchers on the appropriate wagering areas of the layout.

  • 3.3 The color checks of a set shall each bear the same distinguishing emblem or mark to differentiate them from color checks of other sets in use at other tables. Each set shall be subdivided into various colors.

  • 3.4 Color checks issued at a Sic-Bo table shall only be used for gaming at that table and shall not be used for gaming at any other table in the casino.

  • 3.5 Color checks shall only be presented for redemption at the table from which they were issued and shall not be redeemed or exchanged at any other location in the casino unless that table is closed at the time of the redemption request.

  • 3.6 No player shall be issued with color checks which are identical in color and design to color checks which have been issued to another person at the same table unless the player(s) issued with the chips agree to the issue.

  • 3.7 Where a player purchases color checks, the specific value to be assigned to each shall be ascertained by the dealer and if that value exceeds the table minimum it shall be denoted by a color check and a related marker button bearing a number on it to designate the value set by that player.

  • 3.8 At the discretion of a game supervisor, a player may be issued with color checks of more than one color at the same table, provided that as a result, no other player is precluded from wagering with color checks. In such instances the colors issued to the one player shall be designated the same value.

  • 3.9 A wager cannot be withdrawn, placed or changed after the dealer has called "no more bets".

  • 3.10 Wagers orally declared shall be accepted only when accompanied by chips or color checks or casino promotional tokens or vouchers and the dealer has sufficient time to place the wager on the layout prior to "no more bets" being called.

  • 3.11 Players are responsible for the positioning of their wagers on the layout, whether or not they are assisted by the dealer. Players must ensure that any instructions given to the dealer regarding the placement of wagers is correctly carried out.

  • 3.12 Wagers shall be settled strictly in accordance with the position of chips or color checks or casino promotional tokens or vouchers on the layout when the cover of the dice tumbler is removed.

 

4. Minimum and Maximum Wagers

  • 4.1 The minimum and maximum wagers permitted by a player shall be shown on a sign at the table. Unless stated on the sign, wagers are not required to be made in multiples of the minimum. The sign may also state the minimum unit in which wagers may be made above the table minimum.

  • 4.2 Any wager less than the stated minimum or greater than the stated maximum made by a player and not rejected prior to the cover of the dice tumbler being removed shall be treated as a valid wager.

  • 4.3 A casino supervisor may alter the limits on a gaming table at any time except that a minimum wager can only be changed to a higher minimum if a sign indicating the new minimum and proposed time of change has been displayed at the table at least 20 minutes before the change.

  • 4.4 A casino supervisor may allow a player to wager in excess of the stated maximum provided that a sign denoting the new minimum and maximum wagers for that player is placed on an appropriate area of the table.

 

5. Play of the Game

  • 5.1 At the commencement of each game a dealer or a game supervisor shall activate a mechanical or electrical device that causes the dice to tumble within the covered dice tumbler at least three times. The dealer shall then call "place your bets".

  • 5.2 When it is apparent that players have finished placing their wagers, the dealer shall call "no more bets" and then uncover the tumbler.

  • 5.3 Providing the dice are lying flat, a dealer or the game supervisor shall announce the result by calling the number on the uppermost face of each dice, in order, from the lowest number to the highest and the total of the three dice.

  • 5.4 A dealer or the game supervisor shall enter the result by activating the three switches or buttons of the entry terminal, which correspond with the three winning numbers.

  • 5.5 When the sequence referred to in rule 5.4 is complete and the winning areas have been illuminated on the layout, the dealer(s) shall collect all losing wagers and proceed to pay all winning wagers.

  • 5.6 No person other than a dealer or supervisor responsible for the operation and integrity of the game, shall, at any time during play interfere with the dice tumbler or the action of the dice tumbler.

 

6. Settlement

6.1 Winning wagers at the game of Sic-Bo shall be paid at the odds listed below:

Wager Odds 
Small1 to 1 
Big1 to 1
Specific Triples180 to 1
Specific Doubles11 to 1
Any Triple31 to 1
Three Dice Totals -
4 or 17
5 or 16
6 or 15
7 or 14
8 or 13
9 or 12
10 or 11

62 to 1
31 to 1
18 to 1
12 to 1
8 to 1
7 to 1
6 to 1
Dice Combinations -
1 and 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6
2 and 3, 4, 5 or 6
3 and 4, 5 or 6
4 and 5 or 6
5 and 6

6 to 1
6 to 1
6 to 1
6 to 1
6 to 1
Single Die Bet -
Number on one Die
Number on two Dice
Number on three Dice

1 to 1
2 to 1
12 to 1

 

7. Irregularities

  • 7.1 If any of the three dice fail to come to rest with one surface flat to the base of the tumbler, a dealer or the game supervisor shall announce "no result".

  • 7.2 If the dice tumbler after being activated does not operate correctly, a dealer or the game supervisor shall announce "no result".

  • 7.3 In the event of the dice tumbler not being activated in accordance with these rules or the concealed dice being exposed before the announcement of "no more bets", a dealer or game supervisor shall announce "no result".

  • 7.4 In the event that one or more dice, or the dice tumbler are broken, a dealer or the game supervisor shall announce "no result".

  • 7.5 If a dealer or the game supervisor announces "no result", all wagers shall be void.

  • 7.6 If the electronic equipment fails to illuminate the winning areas, or fails to illuminate the winning areas correctly, all wagers shall be collected and paid according to the result shown on the dice and rule 7.7 shall apply.

  • 7.7 In the event of an equipment malfunction, an inspector shall be notified immediately and no further play shall be permitted until the fault has been rectified.

 

8. General Provisions

  • 8.1 A person shall not, either alone or in concert with any other person, use or control at or near a gaming table or location related to the playing of a game a calculator, computer, or other electronic, electrical or mechanical apparatus or device that is capable, with respect to a game or a part thereof, of recording, projecting, analyzing or transmitting an outcome or the changing probabilities or the playing strategies to be used.

  • 8.2 Rule 8.1 shall not apply to use or control by an agent or employee of the casino operator or an inspector where such person is acting in the course of their duty.

  • 8.3 Where a casino supervisor is satisfied that a person has contravened any provision of rule 8.1, he/she may:

    • 8.3.1 declare that any wager made by the person is void;

    • 8.3.2 direct that the person shall be excluded from further participation in the game;

    • 8.3.3 exclude the person from the casino in line with the provisions of section 79 of the Act;

    • 8.3.4 cause the person(s) in possession of a prohibited device to be detained until such time as an inspector or a police officer has attended and assumed responsibility for the situation.

  • 8.4 A casino supervisor may invalidate the outcome of a game if:

    • 8.4.1 the game is disrupted by civil commotion, fire, riot, brawl, robbery, an act of God; or

    • 8.4.2 any fraudulent act is perpetrated by any person that, in the opinion of the casino supervisor, affects the outcome of the game.

  • 8.5 Where the outcome of a game is invalidated under rule 8.4, all wagers made by the players for that particular result may be refunded provided that a casino supervisor may direct that the wager of any player referred to in rule 8.4.2 be forfeited.

  • 8.6 A player shall not be advised by an employee of the casino on how to play, except to ensure compliance with these rules.

  • 8.7 No spectator or any player wagering at any table may, unless requested by a player, attempt to influence, influence or offer advice to that player regarding that player's decisions of play.

  • 8.8 A casino supervisor may close a gaming table at which players are present provided a sign showing the proposed time of closure has been displayed at the table for at least 20 minutes before the closure.

  • 8.9 A player who abstains from placing any wagers for three consecutive rounds of play, while all other seats or positions at the table are in use, may be required to vacate his/her seat or position.



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