The Basics of Red Dog
The dealer deals two cards onto the table and it is your aim to correctly guess whether the thir card dealt will have a value inbetween to two cards on the table. The payoffs increase as the spread between the two cards decreases.
Card Values In Red Dog
The value of any card from 2 to 10 counts at face value, a jack counts as 11, a queen as 12, a king as 13, and an ace counts as 14.
Red Dog Payoffs
All winning and raise wagers in non-consecutive hands are paid at odds determined by the spread: 1 - 5:1, 2 - 4:1, 3 - 2:1, 4 to 11 1:1
How to Play Red Dog
The game is played on a table similar to a blackjack table. You must place a bet on the table and the dealer draws two cards and places them face up on the table. A black marker (with a Red Dog on top) will be then be placed on the table indicating the spread between the two cards the dealer has drawn.
Depending on the value of the two cards drawn by the dealer, you have the option to make a raise wager and a third card may or may not be drawn. This will depend on the values of the two cards drawn by the dealer. Three different situations may occur, and they are summarized below.
Non-Consecutive Hand (Most Common Red Dog Hand)
Most hands in Red Dog fall into this category. When the dealer draws two cards which are not consecutive or the same, this is called a non-consecutive hand. In this case, the dealer will announce the spread between the two drawn cards and place a Red Dog on the table indicating the spread.
The spread is number of values that fall between the values of the two cards drawn by the dealer. For example, if the two cards drawn by the dealer were 3 and 9, the spread is 5 since there are five values between the 3 and 9 (4, 5, 6, 7, 8).
When the spread is announced and marked (by the Red Dog), you have the option to make a raise wager up to the amount of the original wager prior to the dealer drawing the third card.
If a Pair Is Dealt
A pair hand occurs when the dealer draws two cards of the same value (for example, two Kings). In this case, the dealer will automatically draw a third card. If the value of the third card is the same as the previous two, all players win with a payoff of 11:1. If the value of the third card is different from the previous two, the hand is declared a push and the player's original wager is returned.
If the two cards dealt are in consecutive order
When the value of the two cards drawn by the dealer are consecutive (for example, a 2 and 3, or Jack and Queen) this is called a consecutive hand. In this case, the dealer will not draw a third card, the hand is declared a push and the player's original wager is returned.
You win if the value of the third card falls between the value of the two cards originally drawn by the dealer. However, if the third card drawn is identical to either of the first two, the bet is lost. There is never a push in non-consecutive hands.