Red Dog is played in casinos and in home rec rooms everywhere. Red Dog is a game that depends on luck more than skill. It is suitable for 2-10 players. It can go on almost as long as you want it to, as the only object is to have the most chips (or all the chips) at the end.

Use a standard deck of 52 cards.

Your object is have the most chips at the end of the game.

Rank your cards in this order: Ace high, then King, Queen, Jack, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2.

First, ante up. Every player has a pool of chips, and throws one chip into the center of the table. This “pool” of chips is known as the pot.

Choose your dealer by draw. Allow any one player to deal a single card, face up, to each player. Whoever has the highest card is now your dealer.

Put all the cards back into the deck and reshuffle. Anyone is eligible to shuffle the deck, but the dealer should be able to shuffle the cards last. The dealer allows the person to his or her right to cut the deck. The dealer deals five cards, one card at a time, to each player (going around in a circle). The dealer should start with the person on their left, and deal the cards face down. (If you have more than eight people at your table, deal only four cards apiece.)

Each player can now look at his or her hand. Now it’s time to place bets. You can bet anything you like, but don’t exceed the chips in the pot. If you choose not to bet, you still throw in one chip. You’re not betting on anything tangible yet, so just put whatever you like into the pot.

Now, the dealer shows the top card from the deck. Any player who placed a bet looks for a card of the same suit but a higher ranking. The player shows this card and gets back, from the pot, chips totaling twice the amount of their original bet. If a player (again, who placed a bet) doesn’t have any cards of the same suit but higher ranking, that player shows their entire hand. Then he or she adds the entire amount of the original bet into the pot. The dealer then turns up another card, for the next player. Again, if that player has a card that beats the dealer’s card, they get double the amount of their bet back from the pot. If not, the amount of the bet goes into the pot. Go around the table like this, until all players have had their turn. The dealer goes last, completing the hand.

You can play as many hands as you like.

Whoever has the most chips at the end is the winner. You are out when you run out of chips. If at any time the pot runs out, it is restarted by each player throwing in a single chip.