How to Play Red Dog
Betting in Red DogThe beginning of the game is marked by players making wagers on the betting spot. When the betting is done, the dealer then places two cards up.
Dealing in Red DogThe first rule of Red Dog Poker is that if the cards that are placed on the table are two consecutive cards, the wagers are returned to the players and everything starts once again. The dealing will also end if the third dealt card is the same as the first two and in that case, the players win 11:1. If this is not a case, the push happens and the actual game starts.
Playing Red DogIf there is no pair or three-of-a-kind such as in the case mentioned above, the game continues and the dealer announces spread and the odds. The concept of spread is basically the number between the two face-up cards on the table. For example, if the two cards are 2 and 8, the spread is 5 as there are 5 numbers between 2 and 8. In other words, it is a gap between the two cards. Simply, if the spread is higher, you are more likely to win. However, the higher spread will also bring lower odds. For example, a spread of 5 will have lower odds than the spread of 2.
Objective of Red DogSimply, before the third card is drawn, you have to guess whether it is going to be between the other two face-up cards. In other words, you bet whether it is going to be in the spread. Usually, a spread of 4 or more will have 1:1 odds, while the best odds are, of course, for the spread of 1 and it is usually 5:1.
Values of Cards in Red DogSince a lot of counting is done in this game, 2 is seen as the lowest value in the game. However, high cards are also given values and here they are:
- Jack = 11
- Queen = 12
- King = 13
- Ace = 14