The object of DragonTiger is to guess which hand in the two of the Dragon and the Tiger will have the highest card. Before the hand is dealt you will bet on the Dragon the Tiger or the tie. The dealer will then deal one card to the Dragon and Tiger and one of those with the highest face value will win. For example, if you bet on the Dragon and the dealer deals a 9 to the Dragon and a 4 to the Tiger you will win the bet, as 9 has a higher value than 4. The aces are low in the game and if there is no bet on the tie and both cards for the Dragon and Tiger have the same value you will lose half of your bet. The Dragon and Tiger wagers both payout at 1:1.
If you bet on the tie both the Dragon and the Tiger have to have the same card value. The tie bet typically has a payout of 8:1 but it can be higher depending on where you are playing. The tie bet does have a big payout but also has a house edge of 32.7%.
The two other betting options in DragonTiger are Big and Small and the suited tie. In the Small bet, you can wager if the Dragon or Tiger card will be below a 7. Conversely, in the Big bet, you can wager if the Dragon or Tiger card will be above a 7. If you make either of these bets and the card is a 7 it is a losing bet.
The suited tie bet is the wager in Dragon Tiger that has the biggest payout but also has the biggest house edge. In this bet you are not only betting on a tie but that the tie will be suited, so the card value has to be the same as well as the same suit of clubs, hearts, diamonds, or spades. An example of a winning suited tie bet is that if the Tiger and Dragon both have the card of a 5 of spades. The payout for the suited tie bet is typically 50:1 but can be as high as 60:1 depending on where you are playing.