It is easy to get the hang of this game although it is quite different than the other table card games out there. Eminently simple, in Red Dog you are gambling on the difference between the two cards dealt to you. The smaller the difference between the two, thee greater the risk you take by raising your bet, but the greater the potential rewards.
How to play Red Dog
Each round three cards are dealt to you, two facing up and the one in between them facing down. You are betting that the value of the third card will fall between the values of the first two cards drawn. The spread is the number of cards that can fit between the original two. So for example if the two cards facing up are 4 and 9 the spread is 4 - i.e. 5-6-7-8. The picture cards follow poker values: the Ace is 14 and the King, Queen and Jack are 13, 12, and 11 respectively. The bigger the spread, the easier is to win, so the spreads of 4 to 11 pay up even money. The spreads of 1, 2 and 3 pay up more, 5:1, 4:1 and 2:1 respectively. Pretty straight forward!
If the two facing up cards are consecutive the game is a draw. If the first two cards are the same, the third card is turned and if it is the same as the first two you win three of a kind with a payout of 11:1.
You can bet anywhere from €0.10 to a €100. To make the game quicker paced and interesting you can choose to have the Progressive betting option on. This allows you to keep your winnings on the table and use them for the next round's Ante bet. So if you are feeling lucky and you have been on a roll you have the option up your sleeve.
Red Dog strategy
Red Dog is a simple game, and its correct strategy is equally simple. The only thing you have to remember is to always raise with a spread of 7 or greater. This minimises the game's house edge to around 2.8%.