you may know from reading previous pages, Red-Dog Poker goes by many other
names, including yablon, in-between, ace-deuce and between the sheets. There
isn't a huge history to the game. It was apparently popular in the old west,
but was found too easy to cheat and disappeared. Resurfacing many years
later it is no longer the game it was, and the modern form like every other
casino game today has a healthy house edge.
Red dog poker has been particularly hard to find in recent years, luckily
there are a few online casinos around which offer the game. It can be
a relaxing easy way to pass the time, and is often used as a way to finish
off the night at home poker games (as it gives a chance to spread the
money around relatively quickly without relying on skill very much).
This game is of particular interest as it's house edge varies widely
depending on the spread of cards dealt to you. Basically the dealer deals
two cards face up to each player who has anteed in, and then the player
can choose to bet (there is only one bet, the 'raise' which doubles your
ante) that the next card dealt to them will fall in between the first
two. So if you are dealt a 5 and an 8 you have a spread of 2 and the house
edge is 0.225. If you have a larger spread, say the largest, of 11, then
the house edge no only dips below zero, it dips all the way down to -0.7,
which translates to a 70% chance of winning for the player. These house
edge numbers are for a six-deck game.
For a list of the house edge / players edge for every option you have
in modern Red-Dog, check out our red-dog
poker rules & strategy page.