Red Dog is a casino game that is played with a standard 52 card deck. Two cards are dealt, and players try to predict whether the third card will fall between the two initial cards. Cards are valued using traditional poker face values, with an Ace counted as the highest value card.
Red Dog is a popular game in land-based casinos and online casinos as well. Many patrons of the online casinos prefer to play this really simple game compared to some complicated games. It is also a fast-paced game which can earn the player plenty of winnings if he plays his cards right.
Players place their bets first before the dealer deals two initial cards. These cards are laid down face up so that the players can see their value. What happens next depends on the value of the first two dealt cards:
The house edge in Red Dog varies slightly depending on the number of decks used in the game, but for a standard single deck game, it is around 3.1%. An interesting thing to know about Red Dog is that the more decks used in the game, the lower the house edge, which falls to 2.8% in a six deck game.
The best Red Dog strategy is simply to raise when there is a spread of 7 or more. This is because these spreads all pay even money, but you have a greater than 50% chance of winning them. The number of decks used does not change this strategy.
This is easily demonstrated by considering a six card spread in a single deck game. There are 24 winning cards (6 values, 4 suits each) out of 50 remaining, which equals a 48% chance of winning. However with a 7 card spread, there are 28 winning cards out of 50 remaining, which equals a 56% chance of winning.