Red Dog rules

Red Dog is a very popular and simple to understand game. It is also known as Acey-Deucey or as In-Between. It is a card game played on a Black Jack sized table. This table has two betting spots marked with Bet and Raise. It is played with a shoe containing up to five decks of cards. The object of the game is to bet on what the third card is going to be.

After you place your opening bet the dealer will deal two cards, one on the left and one on the right. You now have to bet on the likelihood that the rank of the third card you get is in-between the ranks of the two cards first dealt. In Red Dog the suit of the cards is not of importance. So, if the first two cards dealt are a five and a ten the third card must be of a value from six to nine. If it is not you lose.

The value of the cards from two to ten is at face value. The jack counts 11, the queen 12, the king 13 and the ace counts as 14. So far so good. Now this is where the raise bet comes in and it's based on the spread. Spread is the value between the two cards. If you take the sample from above the spread is three. In case the two cards would be consecutive, like a four and a five, the hand is over and you get your wager back. If the two cards are a Pair the betting will stop, but you still have the chance to get a 11:1 payout if the third card has the same value as the first two.

The most interesting part in Red Dog is betting on the spread. In this second optional bet you basically go for a bonus payout. The odds on spread bets are set by the casino. The closer the two cards are in rank the higher the potential payout.

The Betting!

As explained above you start out with an opening bet and get two cards dealt. The dealer will then place a mark, which indicates the spread and the odds the house offers on this particular spread, on the table. If you want to bet on the spread you now have to place your bet on the raise field on the table. If you don't raise and you win the hand you will get your original wager back. If you do raise you are betting at the odds marked by the dealer. In case you win the hand you will get your original wager back plus the raise bet at the indicated odds which are:

  • Spread of One / 5:1 payout
  • Spread of Two / 4:1 payout
  • Spread of Three / 2:1 payout
  • Spread of Four - Eleven / 1:1 payout
  • Pair / 11:1 payout with third matching card
  • The number of players in one game is irrelevant, since all players win or lose simultaneously. The only strategy like decision you have to make in this game is if you make the raise bet or not. With the given odds you should not raise the bet unless the spread is seven or higher. The chance of winning a spread of seven is about 54% for the player and the chance of winning a spread of eleven is as high as 84%. If you are serious about winning money in this game spreads lower than seven should not be bet on.

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