Red Dog, also known as Acey-Deucy, In Between and Yablon, requires the player to bet on whether a third card will fall in between the two already received from the dealer. In brick and mortar casinos, Red Dog is played on a blackjack-sized table with a six-deck shoe. If there is enough room for the players to sit at the table, as many as 16 people can participate in the same game. The players do not compete with each other even when seated at the same table. Each player is pitted against the dealer in their own individual wager.
Once everyone has placed their bets, you will be dealt two cards face up on the table. There will be a gap between the two cards to leave room for the card you will receive in the next round. You must decide whether to raise your bet or simply call based on the strength of these first two cards. The spread between those first two cards determines the odds of the payout for the hand. You must adjust the value of face cards and aces when calculating the size of the spread. Jacks are worth 11, queens are worth 12, kings are worth 13 and aces are worth 14. All other cards have the value shown on their face. Subtract the lower value card from the higher value card to find the spread.
Red Dog tables feature a set of squares that list the possible spreads and payout odds. When it is your turn to play, the dealer will mark the applicable spread on the table with a placeholder so you know the amount of your potential win. A spread of only one between your cards pays out at 5-to-1 odds because it is very unlikely that the dealer will give you exactly the one card you need to make a winning hand. A two-card spread pays 4-to-1 and a three-card spread pays 2-to-1. If the spread is higher than four, you will win the amount of your bet, which is also called an even money bet.
Two consecutive cards are considered a push and your bet will be returned. If both of your starting cards are the same value, you will immediately be dealt a third. If the third card is the same denomination as the original two, you have have a three-of-a-kind, which pays out at 11-to-1 odds. A hand with two cards of the same value that does not turn into a three-of-a-kind is a tie and your bet will be returned to you.