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Red Dog Basic Concepts and Strategies

By: Fabian Rictor, Friday February 28th 2014
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One of the most common table games that uses cards that you'll find in online casinos is Red Dog. Most people who aren't familiar with Red Dog assume that it's a form of casino poker, but this is not the case. Red Dog is a unique game that's based on whether or not a card will fall between two other cards that were previously dealt. After you make your bet, two cards are dealt face-up for you to see. If they are of the same rank, then you get a bonus round where a third card is dealt. If that third card has the same rank as the first two, then you win a special 11:1 payout. Otherwise, you'll get to play the main game.

When the cards are one rank apart, it's considered a push, and the game is started over. When the cards are two or more ranks apart, the dealer will announce what's called the spread. The spread is how many ranks there are that exist between the two cards that were dealt. For example, if a five and an eight are dealt, then the spread is two. After the spread is announced, you have an option to double your bet size, though it's not required.

After the option to double up is taken or declined, the third card is revealed. If the third card falls between the ranks of the first two, then you win. For a one-card spread win, you'll win five times your total bet. A two-card spread gives you a 4x prize, and a three-card spread awards you a 2x prize. All other payouts are at a rate of 1:1. Correct strategy in Red Dog involves only doubling up when the spread is seven or higher. Also, the more decks you can play with, the better your payout rate. For example, playing with one deck has a house advantage of about 2.67 percent, but playing with eight decks has a house advantage of about 2.34 percent.

Red Dog can be a very fun game to play because it combines simple strategies with a lot of action. There are several different potential payouts, and it's like roulette in the sense that it's easy to learn with a moderate house advantage. This is a game that most people skip over because they don't want to learn it, but it's a great game to play if you're looking for a change in pace.

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