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Red Dog (High Card Pool)

Game Type
2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

A gambling game that depends a lot on luck, Red Dog is not popular in casino play, but is often played at home just for fun - the stakes are meaningless. Note: The game below should not be confused with In-Between or Acey-Deucey, which is often called Red Dog, and which is described in the next section.

Rank of Cards. A (high), K, Q, J, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2.

Object of the Game. The goal is to be the player with the most chips at the end of the game.

The Ante. Chips are distributed to the players, and each player places one chip in the center of the table to form a pool or pot.

The Draw. Any player deals the cards one at a time, face up, to the players in turn and the player with the highest card deals first.

The Shuffle, Cut and Deal. Any player may shuffle, the dealer shuffles last, and the player to the dealer's right cuts the cards. The dealer gives five cards, one at a time, face down, to each player in turn, beginning with the player on his left. (Some deal only four cards to a player. This is necessary if there are more than eight players.)

The Betting. After looking at his cards, the player on the dealer's left may bet any number of chips up to the number of chips in the pot at the time. A player who does not wish to bet may forfeit one chip to the pot. No bet may exceed the number of chips already in the pot.

When the player has placed his bet, the dealer turns up the top card from the remainder of the pack. If the player who bet has a card of the same suit and of higher rank, he shows the card and takes back the amount of his bet, plus an equivalent amount from the pot. If he has no card that beats the card shown, he must show his entire hand, and the amount of his bet is added to the pot. The next player in turn then places a bet, another card is turned, and the same procedure is followed until all players, including the dealer, have bet.

If at any time the pot has no more chips in it (because a player has "bet the pot" and won), each player again puts in one chip to restore the pot.

When every player has had a chance to bet, the turn to deal passes to the player on the dealer's left.