When I was growing up, there was a series of books called “Clifford the Big Red Dog” that I loved.  So when I saw the casino game Red Dog for the first time, I knew it would be love at first sight.

And I was right!

Red Dog is a fun and easy casino game played with a standard deck of 52 cards.  While its popularity has waned in land based casinos, you can still find it in most online casinos (including Silver Oak!), which is great news for lovers of this game like me.

Red Dog Table

This is what a typical Red Dog table looks like.  Notice there is a section right under the “Red Dog” logo which lists all of the different odds that are possible in this game (more on those later!).

Looking farther down the table you’ll notice a place for an “Ante” and a place for a “Raise”, and to the right you will see your typical denominations of casino chips.

To make a bet and start the hand, we simply click on the chip denomination we want to add to the ante.  Let’s bet $5 by clicking on the $5 chip.

Red Dog Ante

Once we bet $5 on the hand, the Red Dog screen will look like this:

Now there is a red $5 chip in the Ante section of the Red Dog table.  Now that we’re ready to play, simply hit the “Deal” button at the bottom of the screen to deal the cards and start the game.

Red Dog Deal

Once you click on the “Deal” button you will receive your first 2 cards.  It will look like this:

Now, before we bet, let’s quickly go over what the object of Red Dog is.

You can see the two cards that we have now, a 7 and a 10.  We are betting on whether or not the next card dealt will be in between 7 and 10, or outside of the 7 to 10 range.  To win, we need the next card to be between 7 and 10.  If the card is a 7 or lower, OR a 10 or higher, we lose.  If the card is an 8 or 9 (between 7 and 10), then we win.

If we think we have a good chance of winning the hand, we have the option to raise at this point by clicking on the “Raise” button.  However, since there are only 2 cards that we can win with (an 8 or a 9), we probably shouldn’t raise.

To continue the game without raising, we simply click on the “Continue” button to get the third and final card.

Red Dog Final Card

When we get our third card, the screen looks like this:

The third card we received was an 8, one of the two cards which would give us the win!

That’s how a full hand of Red Dog is played.  In future articles in the How To Play Red Dog series, we’ll cover all the rules of the game plus how to play perfect Red Dog strategy (it’s easier than you think!).

If you’re ready to start playing Red Dog right now, download the game for free (along with over 130 other casino games) by clicking the Play Now button below.

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Happy Gaming!

Jeff White

Jeff has been an active gambler from the age of 18 when he won a small local poker tournament in San Jose, CA. He moved on to playing other casino games shortly thereafter, with a great interest in the statistics and mathematics involved. He has studied the historical gambling systems of nearly every popular casino game played today, and has written strategy books for several of them including blackjack, slot machines, craps, and roulette. Jeff has been a daily contributor to the Silver Oak Casino blog since the beginning of 2009.