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A round of Yablon. Dealt two cards whose values are neither the same nor adjacent to each other, the player bets on whether the value of the third card will fall between the value of the first two.

Yablon, also known as red dog, is a game of chance played with cards, in which two cards are dealt and a player bets on whether the rank of a third card would fall between them. It is a variation of acey-deucey. While found in some land casinos, its popularity has declined, although it is featured at many online casinos.[1]

A standard 52-card deck is used. The game may be played with anywhere from one to eight decks, with an increasing number of decks decreasing the house's edge — the house's advantage begins at 3.155% with one deck but falls to 2.751% when eight decks are used. This is in contrast with some other casino card games, such as blackjack, where a higher number of decks used will increase the house edge.


Two cards dealt with consecutive ranks are a "push", returning the player's wager

The game only uses three cards at a time, which are ranked as in poker, with aces high. Suit is irrelevant. A wager is placed, and two cards are placed face up on the table, with three possible outcomes:

  • If the cards are consecutive in number (for example, a four and a five, or a jack and a queen), the hand is a push and the player's wager is returned.
  • If the two cards are of equal value, a third card is dealt. If the third card is of the same value, then the payout for the player is 11:1, otherwise, the hand is a push.
  • If neither of the above is the case (for example, a three and an eight), then a spread is announced which determines the payoff (a 4-card spread, in this example), and a third card will be dealt. Before dealing the third card, the player has the option to double his bet. If the third card's value falls between the first two, the player will receive a payoff according to the spread; otherwise, the bet is lost.


The spread table is as follows:

Spread Payout
1-card 5 to 1
2-card 4 to 1
3-card 2 to 1
4- to-11-card 1 to 1

The house edge table is as follows.

Decks House Edge Risk
1 3.155% 2.672%
2 3.077% 2.609%
4 2.884% 2.447%
6 2.798% 2.375%
8 2.751% 2.335%

The spread probabilities table is as follows.

Spread Win Probability
1 0.077419
2 0.154839
3 0.232258
4 0.309677
5 0.387097
6 0.464516
7 0.541935
8 0.619355
9 0.696774
10 0.774194
11 0.851613


  1. ^ Parlett 2008, p. 600.
  • Odds and Strategy to Red Dog Poker - From The Wizard of Odds
  • Red Dog Detailed Guide - From Gambipedia
  • Parlett, David (2008). The Penguin Book of Card Games. London: Penguin. ISBN 978-0-141-03787-5.

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