Players looking for a unique card game should enjoy the fast-paced game of Red Dog. Red Dog pits players against a paytable that is commonly put on the table. Each turn of the cards is unpredictable, and gamblers can never know whether they're about to strike a fortune or go bust. While most card games available in the casino are based on blackjack or poker, Red Dog gives table game lovers a truly unique, fast-paced experience that can't be found anywhere else.
While Red Dog can be fun to play, no amount of fun can compensate for a gambler losing his or her money too quickly. Players who employ poor strategy at Red Dog will find that their bankrolls will deplete much faster than is normally acceptable. Thankfully, by following this guide, anyone who plays Red Dog can rest assured that they're getting the most out of their gambling dollar.
Of course, before you can press your luck at Red Dog, you need to know the rules. To begin, players must make their initial bet. The dealer will then deal two cards on the table: one on the left side, and one on the right, leaving a gap between them. The object of the game is for the the middle card to be between the left and right card. Aces are high and deuces are low. After dealing the cards, the dealer will mark the spread on the table, or the number of cards between the two. For instance, if the dealer dealt a ten of clubs and a two of hearts, the spread would be seven (3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9).
If the cards are right next to each other in value (with no spread), all initial bets push. If the cards are equal, the dealer will immediately draw a third card; if all three are equal, all initial bets win 11:1, the highest payout in the game. Otherwise, players must decide whether to call or raise. If a player elects to raise, he or she must place a second wager equal to the first on the second betting space. If a player chooses to call, he or she just leaves the initial bet on the table.
If the card in the center is not between the two outside cards, both the initial bet and the raise lose. If it is, both the initial bet and the raise pay out according to the paytable. The standard paytable gives 5:1 on a spread of one, 4:1 on a spread of two, 2:1 on a spread of three, and 1:1 on a spread of four or more.
Red Dog strategy is simple. It makes sense to raise when the gambler has the advantage. While those big payouts are attractive, the small spreads are actually the worst bets. Players should only raise their wagers when the spread is seven or more. This makes good sense, since there are thirteen ranks of cards, and a spread of seven indicates a chance of over 50% of winning.
That's it. While it's tempting to raise bets when gamblers “feel lucky,” it's important to remember that if everyone was right when they felt lucky, the casinos would be out of business in no time! Intuition has no place at the Red Dog table, so let probability be your guide to making the most out of your Red Dog experience.