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Red Dog Rules

OK! Here we go! It’s time for the red dog rules! I’m gonna dive right in here and give you all the dirt on red dog rules. This game has possibly the easiest rules to learn, aside from how to play the slots :) So let’s get started!

OK. You’re at the table, waiting for the deal, and you’re wondering about the red dog rules, so you can tell if you’re doing the right thing. First, this game is played with a regular deck of cards and the ranks of the cards are the same as in poker, with the Ace high, and suit does not matter. But the cards aren’t really ranked; they have number values, like in Blackjack. Except each card has its own value, from 2 to 14. With the numbered cards, it’s easy to tell what the values are, but in red dog rules, the face cards are valued like this: Jack=11, Queen=12, King=13, and Ace=14. All you have to remember when you’re playing is the “spread” between the two cards that are dealt.

The spread is the number of cards between the two cards that the dealer throws down. For instance, where red dog rules are concerned, the spread between a 4 and a 6 is 1. That’s because only one card goes between them; a 5. Or for another example: the spread between a 7 and a Queen is 4, because in between those two cards, there’s an 8, 9, 10 and Jack. I hope you’re getting this. I don’t think I’m explaining it too well. It’s really easy. Just remember how many cards there are between the first two cards, and you’re set.

What about red dog rules for betting? Well, there aren’t any... or there’s just one. You bet before the deal, and that’s it, unless you want to raise after you see the cards. I’ll talk about your red dog strategy on another page, so you can go there if you need info on that aspect of the game. Maybe it’s best to run a fictitious hand, and show you that way. Here goes:
  1. Two cards are dealt. If the two cards are consecutive (like a 4 and a 5) then the hand is a push because there’s no spread, and your bet is given back.
  2. If the cards are not consecutive, you check the spread and you can now raise or call. Raising means doubling your bet and calling is just going ahead with the hand. You can’t take your bet back after seeing the two cards, so forget that.
  3. If the two cards are the same value, a third card is dealt. If the third card is equal to first two you automatically win 11 to 1!! WOO-HOO!! Pretty slim chance of this, but you never know! If the third card is different, the hand is a push, and you get your bet back.
  4. If neither of the above two things happen, the third card is dealt. If the card is within the spread (a card that fits between the first two) you win and your payout will be calculated from the payout table. You lose if the card matches one of the first two cards or doesn't fit the spread.
Pretty simple, huh? Now that I look at it, it looks like red dog rules are more complicated than I led you to believe. It’s actually not the case. Once you sit down and play, you’ll see. Trust me. You just bet, look at the cards, raise or call, and let the last card get dealt. Online, it’s just a couple of clicks per hand. It can get going pretty fast too. So that’s it for red dog rules. Once you try it, I bet you’ll agree that it’s a great game to unwind with after work.

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