Red Dog is a unique 3-card game that is found in many online casino softwares. The game's high house edge makes it a poor choice for bonus play when other games are available.
Rules and Play
Red Dog uses traditional poker ranks with aces high. After placing a bet, two cards are dealt face up on the table.
-If the two cards are the same rank, a 3rd card will be dealt. If all 3 cards are the same rank, the player will be paid 11:1 on his bet. If all 3 cards are not the same rank, the player's bet is returned.
-If the two cards are consecutively ranked (for example a 5 and a 6), then the hand is a push, and the player's bet is returned.
-If the two cards are spaced more than 1 apart, then a 3rd card will be dealt. Before the 3rd card is dealt, the player has the opportunity to double his bet. If the 3rd card is ranked in between the first 2 cards, then the player will be paid according to the paytable listed below. If the 3rd card is not ranked in between the first 2 cards, then the player will lose his bet. "Spread" indicates the number of winning card ranks between the first 2 cards. A 2 and 4 have a spread of 1. A 2 and 5 have a spread of 2.
|Spread||Chance of Win (1 Deck)||Payout|
|1||8%||5 to 1|
|2||16%||4 to 1|
|3||24%||2 to 1|
|4||32%||1 to 1|
|5||40%||1 to 1|
|6||48%||1 to 1|
|7||56%||1 to 1|
|8||64%||1 to 1|
|9||72%||1 to 1|
|10||80%||1 to 1|
|11||88%||1 to 1|
Strategy for Red Dog is quite simple. Raise your bet on all spreads of 7 or greater, as the chance of winning these 1:1 pay hands is greater than 50%. Optimal strategy remains the same with any number of decks. Strategy also remains the same for minimizing expected loss per hand (standard strategy) and for minimizing expected loss per unit wagered (minimum loss over a wagering requirement).
The house edge varies with the number of decks used. Microgaming, Playtech, Cryptologic, Chartwell, Odds On, World Gaming, and Net Ent use a single deck, resulting in a house edge of 3.16%. RealTime Gaming uses 2 decks, resulting in a house edge of 3.08%. Rival and Orbis use 6 decks, resulting in a house edge of 2.80%. *Grand Virtual allows you to select any number of decks from 1 to 8. 8 decks has the lowest house edge -- 2.75%. Boss Media, Wagerworks, and B3W do not offer Red Dog.
|Rules||Standard||Real Time Gaming||Rival, Orbis||Grand Virtual|
|Number of Decks||1||2||6||8*|
|House Edge (in terms of Initial Bet)||3.16%||3.08%||2.80%||2.75%|
|House Edge per Unit Wagered||2.67%||2.61%||2.38%||2.34%|
Variance and Bet Size
The standard deviation per initial bet of single deck Red Dog is 1.50, and the standard deviation per unit wagered is 1.38. The latter value of 1.38 is more appropriate for estimating range of return while completing a wagering requirement.
The table below shows the chance of ending above the deposit balance with unlimited bankroll, after completing a wagering requirement with 4 bet sizes (size of Ante bet). The standard paytable is assumed. See the Return & Variance Calculator for more specific estimates.
|Bet Size||Playthrough Requirement|
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