Red Dog Optimal Strategy

Red Dog Optimal Strategy
by Jean Real

Online casino games are not all that hard to beat. The player will always have a very slight disadvantage but this can be reduced to a minimum if you know how to play the game perfectly. As a player, the first thing you must do is find out how to play a chance game such as Red Dog, with a perfect strategy. Once you apply the strategy to the game, your chances of making a profit will be increase. Since the game is ultimately random an optimal strategy cannot guarantee winnings to every player that applies it. It’s a combination of your skill and luck that will determine the outcome of the game.

Red Dog Poker sometimes known as Acey-Deucey, is quite a simple game to play. The game starts by dealing two cards in front of you from a 52-card deck.  The cards’ values are the same as in poker (2 being the lowest, Ace being the highest).  If the two cards dealt have the same rank (say, two Kings), the game will automatically deal another card in order to see if a three-of-a-kind is completed. Completing a three-of-a-kind will pay the player 11:1. If it is not, then the game is over and the bet results in a push. If the two cards dealt are consecutive (say, an 8 and a 9), the game is over and results again in a push.

So, when the cards are neither the same nor in consecutive order, the player gets a chance to raise the bet. By raising the bet the player is willing to gamble that the next card to appear will have a value between the two initially dealt cards. The bigger the gap between the first two cards, the better chance the player has of winning the bet. The raise is not necessary; the player may gamble only with his or her initial bet by pressing the “call” button.

The Spread. In Red Dog Poker, the spread represent the number of card ranks that can fall between the two initially dealt cards. The wider the gap, or in other words, the higher the spread, the lower the payout; and vice versa, the lower the spread the higher the payout. Payouts are made according to this paytable:

Hand Payout
 
Spread of 1 (5:1)
Spread of 2 (4:1)
Spread of 3 (2:1)
Spread of 4-11 (1:1)
Pair (Push)
Consecutive Cards (Push)
Three of a Kind (11:1)

The optimal Red Dog Strategy is quite simple. The player should only raise the bet if the spread is of 7 or higher. This will result in more wins than lost hand when you raise the bet. If you raise on spreads of 6 or less, the house holds a higher edge and these bets will result mostly in lost hands.

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