Red Dog

Red Dog, sometimes known as Acey-Deucey or Between the Sheets, is a simple game to play. If you can remember the number seven and know how to subtract, you can play Red Dog as well as anyone in the world.

Two cards are drawn. The object of the game is to bet on the likelihood that the rank of a third card is going to fall between the first two. If it does fall between, you win. If it doesn't, you lose. The tighter the spread between the first two cards, the higher the potential payoff if the third card dealt ranks between the first two cards.

How to Play

Red Dog uses a single 52-card deck. All cards are ranked as in poker, the suit is irrelevant, and aces are always high.

Spread is the number of card values that lie between the two initial cards. The value of any card from 2 to 10 counts at face value, a jack counts as 11, a queen as 12, a king as 13, and an ace counts as 14.

Begin by placing an ante on the spot marked "Bet" on the table. Two cards are dealt face up.

  • If the two cards are consecutive then the hand is a push and the original wager is returned.
  • If the two cards are equal a third card is dealt. If the third card matches the first two, the player receives 11:1 odds on the original wager. If the third card does not match the first two, the hand is a push and the wager is returned.
  • If the two cards are neither consecutive nor equal the amount of the spread is displayed. The player then has the option to make an additional wager (Raise) equal to the original wager. A third card is then dealt. If the rank of the third card is between that of the first two cards the player wins (see PAYOFFS). If the third card matches or is ranked outside the first two cards the player loses.


Three matching cards pays 11:1.

Ante bets are always paid off at even money.

The payout for Raise bets is based on the spread as follows:

Spread Payout
1 5:1
2 4:1
3 2:1
4 through 11 1:1