Red Dog is a game of chance played with a shuffled deck of cards. The player starts by placing a bet. Then the dealer deals two cards face-up with following outcomes:
Pair (e.g., two 8s): The dealer deals a third card. If the rank of the third card is same as the first two, the player receives a payout of 11:1—meaning the player wins eleven times the bet, plus the bet is returned. Otherwise, the hand is a push, and the player's bet is returned.
Consecutive ranks (e.g. 8 and 9, or 9 and 8): The hand is a push, and the player's bet is returned.
Neither a pair nor consecutive ranks: The player either raises (doubles the bet) or calls (continues with the original bet). Then the dealer deals a third card face-up. If the third card is not in-between the first two cards (i.e., it matches one of the first two cards or it is out of range), the player loses the bet. Otherwise, the player receives a payout.
The payout is determined by the “spread”, the number of ranks between the first two cards. For example, if dealer initially deals the seven-of-clubs and the four-of-hearts, then the spread is 2 because 5 and 6 fall between 4 and 7. The face cards—jack, queen, king, and ace—are ranked 11, 12, 13, and 14, respectively. A spread of 1, 2, or 3 yields a payout of 5:1, 4:1, or 2:1, respectively—meaning the player wins five, four, or two times the bet, plus the bet is returned. A spread of 4 or greater yields “even money”—meaning the player wins a value equal to the bet, plus the bet is returned.
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