What the game is
Red Dog is a variation of the
in-between game seen some times at poker tables. It is played with a
standard deck of 52 poker cards, reshuffled before every hand. Three
cards are dealt in two steps. In the first step the player
receives two cards face-up and he or she is given the
chance to double the wager. In the second step the player is
dealt a third card. If the third card value lies between the values of
the first two, the player wins, otherwise he or she loses.
The cards are ranked as in poker, with aces
always high. Suit does not count. For simplicity, all cards can be
considered as having a value equal to its face value, the Jack having
a value of 11, the Queen a value of 12, the King a value of 13 and the
Ace, a value of 14.
Each hand begins when the player places a bet
on the bet circle. Then the the first two cards are dealt and the
dealer announces the "spread". The spread is
the number of cards lying between the first two. For example, if the
first two cards are a 7 and a Jack, the spread is 3 (because there are
three cards in-between, the 8, the 9 and the 10). The maximum spread
is 11, when the first two cards are a 2 and an Ace. After the spread
is announced, the player decides if he or she rises the bet or
not. The bet can be raised only to double the value of the original
bet. After this, the third card is dealt and the hand is over. If the
third card lies in between the first two, the player wins and is paid
according to the table below. If the third card lies outside the first
two or matches one of them, the player loses.
Two special situations arise.
the first two cards are consecutive, the spread is zero and it is a
tie or push. In this case no money changes hands.
When the first two cards have the same value, it is a match. If the
third card also matches, the player wins and is paid 11:1. If the
third card does not match, it is a push. In this case the player never
loses, but is not allowed to rise the bet.
The minimum bet in the Red Dog game is $1. The maximum bet is
If the player gets three matching cards,
the hand pays 11:1. In all other cases, prizes depend on
the card spread, according to the following payout table:
How to play
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