Red Dog is a card game that has minimal strategy. Players do not have cards of their own, they simply bet based on the cards in the hand of the dealer. In Red Dog, the dealer draws three card, the first two are shown, and then players bet on the likelihood that the third card will fall between the first two in terms of its value.
Rules: How to play Red Dog:
- Before the game/hand begins, all players at the table place a wager based on whether they believe that the third card drawn by the dealer will have a value that falls between the values of the first two cards
- Once all bets have been placed, the dealer shuffles the deck of cards and then draws the first 2 cards which are face-down. The dealer then places a black Red Dog marker that indicates the spread between the 2 cards that have been drawn. The spread refers to the number of cards that have a value between the cards
- After the first 2 cards have been drawn and the Red Dog marker is displayed, players have the option to raise their wager equal to their amount of the original one
- The third card is drawn and all cards are revealed
- If the third card has a value that falls between the first two, then all players at the table receive a payoff. If not, the dealer takes the money and the players lose
Rules: Value of Cards in Red Dog:
- Cards 2 to 10 - these cards are valued at face value in Red Dog
- Jack - these cards count as 11 in Red Dog
- Queen - these cards are valued at 12 in Red Dog
- King - these cards are valued at 13 in Red Dog
- Ace - these cards count as 14 in Red Dog
Note: in Red Dog, card suit or color has no bearing on game play.
Rules: Examples of Red Dog Hands:
- If the dealer draws a hand of 7 and 10 for the first two cards, the spread is calculated at 2 since 8 and 9 fall between the cards drawn
- If the dealer draws a hand of 4 and 5 for the first 2 cards, then there is no spread since no cards fall between the cards drawn. In this case, it's referred to as a tie, and players do not lose their money. Anytime a consecutive hand is drawn as in this example, the dealer doesn't even draw a third card, because it's clear that there is a tie
- Pair hand - this type of hand occurs when the dealer draws 2 cards that are the same value. The dealer might draw 2 Kings, and then will automatically draw the third card. If the third card is the same as the first 2, players win a big payoff of 11:1. If the third card is different, since there is no spread, it's treated as a tie, and all players receive their bets back
Red Dog is a game that requires very little strategy. Since players all need to place a bet before the first 2 cards are even drawn, the outcome is based on luck. Some element of strategy comes into play only when there's the option to raise a bet before the third card is drawn. At that stage, players look at the probability of the card falling between the values of the first two to determine if they want to up the ante on their bets.