The popularity of the Red Dog progressive card game may be waning in land-based casinos but is increasingly in demand online – especially since leading online software developer, Net Entertainment, brought out its own version of Red Dog progressive.
Played with just three cards, Red Dog progressive is actually a variant of Acey-Deucey or In-Between backgammon. In fact, the names Red Dog and In-Between are often used interchangeably but this is not, strictly speaking, correct, as the rules of the two games differ considerably.
Look and Feel of the NetEnt Version
To make up for the fact that Red Dog progressive is so hard to find offline these days, Net Entertainment has created a visually engaging slot that comes as close as possible to replicating the look and feel of a traditional brick-and-mortar casino and almost gives you the feeling of online blackjack games in Canada while still being an online slot.
The simple Red Dog progressive layout is spread across the green felt of a round wooden card table with a leather brim. The “raise” and “ante” circles are right in front of the player, with the spread at its centre beneath the Red Dog progressive logo, complete with a mean-looking crimson-coloured bulldog. The various colourful chips are on the opposite side of the table – presumably in front of the hidden dealer – with several decks of cards bearing the NetEnt logo to their left. The player’s own chips are stored on the bottom right of the screen and game information is indicated in a panel in the bottom centre.
The Red Dog progressive table also includes “deal”, “call”, “bet” and “rebet” buttons at the bottom of the screen as well as indications of the bet min and max and the progressive ante limit.
As the Red Dog progressive cards are dealt in the space between the “raise” and “ante” circles and the table layout, a relaxed classical tune plays in the background and the usual sounds of shuffling cards and chips being placed can also be heard.
The Rules of Red Dog Progressive
Standard poker card values apply in Red Dog progressive, aces are always high, and the suit does not matter.
Once players have placed their ante bets, two hole cards are dealt face-up and a third face-down card is placed between them. Based on the cards dealt, players may then opt to raise their bets or call. The third card is then revealed. The objective of Red Dog progressive is to correctly predict the value of the third card – players must try to guess whether or not it will fall between the values of the two hole cards.
Naturally, the smaller the spread between the two hole cards, the greater the player’s chances are of a win:
- 1 – 5:1
- 2 – 4:1
- 3 – 2:1
- 4 to 11 – evens
If consecutive numbers or a pair are dealt, it’s a tie. In the case of a pair, players may also opt to wager on their being three of a kind for an 11/1 win.
Players who lose may then choose to re-bet with the same ante amount or bet again. Players who win may either collect their winnings or use them as the ante for the next round.
Betting Rules and Progressive Play
Red Dog progressive qualifies as progressive because, as mentioned, players are able use the chips they win as the ante for the next round. The Red Dog progressive bet range is extensive, starting at 0.05 and reaching to a max of 100.00. The average return to player with Red Dog progressive is a highly respectable 97.34%.
Players should note that Red Dog progressive is unfortunately not yet available on mobile.