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INTRODUCTION

Let It Ride was introduced by Shuffle Master, a company that makes gambling-related devices, in 1993 to help sell its card-shuffling machines to live casinos. Once it hit the casino floors its popularity boomed probably because you can take some of your wager back if you don’t like your hand!

Let It Ride is a casino banking poker game, so you’re not playing against other players, but against the casino/house. If you’re not that good at reading people in poker, this is a good game for you since you’re not playing against other people. Since there’s no competition, Let It Ride tables are fun and friendly.

Each player is dealt three cards that they’ll use with the dealer’s two cards (community cards) to make their best poker hand. In order to win, all they need to do is get a poker hand that’s at least a pair of tens or better. So you’re not comparing your hand to anybody not even the dealer. The goal is just to make a hand with at least a pair of tens or stronger.

It’s a really simple game all you need to do is decide if you want to take back one or two wagers.

 

LET IT RIDE POKER HAND RANKING
FROM HIGHEST TO LOWEST

HAND

DESCRIPTION

Royal Flush

A-K-Q-J-10 all in the same suit

Straight Flush

Five cards in consecutive rank in the same suit

Four of a Kind

Four identical cards of the same rank

Full House

Three identical cards of the same rank and a pair

Flush

Five cards all in the same suit

Straight

Five cards in consecutive rank

Three of a Kind

Three identical cards of the same rank

Two Pair

Two sets of two cards of the same rank

Pair of tens or better

Two identical cards of the same rank

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HOW TO PLAY THE GAME

Let It Ride uses the standard 52-card deck and a special table with places in front of each player where they place their bet (wager in the form of chips):

Figure 1 Let It Ride table.

While the dealer shuffles the cards, all of the players make three wagers. Each person’s wager must be in the same amount (that doesn’t mean all the players have to bet the same amount just that each individual player’s bet must be of equal value). The wager must be at least the table’s minimum and can range in value to the table’s maximum bet again, they all have to be the same amount. You put your three wagers on the circles in front of your seat with the 1, 2 and $ symbol. (You bet three wagers because Let It Ride is set up to let you take back two of your wagers (but not the third, otherwise the casino wouldn’t make any money).)

After everyone’s put their bets on the three circles, the dealer deals everybody three cards face-down and two cards to himself also face-down (his cards will be used as the community cards). Look at your three cards (don’t show anybody) and decide if you want to stay in the game (‘let it ride’ where the game got its name) or take back one of your wagers (the one in the ‘1’ circle only). This is where strategy of knowing what hands to ride (stay in the game) or to take back wagers is essential (and pretty much all the strategy there is in Let It Ride).

If you want to take your wager back, scratch your cards on the table in a pull back motion so the dealer knows and he will push that wager’s chips closer to you. You’ll get those chips returned to you at the end of the game. Don’t touch the chips yet and don’t move them back yourself. Casinos don’t like players touching chips once they’re in play.

After everyone who’s taking their first wager back is finished doing that, the dealer turns over one of the community cards. If you don’t like what you see, you can take back your second wager. If the cards works for you, leave your wager in place ‘let it ride.’ You can take your second wager out even if you left your first wager in the first wager remains in the betting circle (you can’t take two wagers out at once).

After everyone who’s taking a wager back is done, the dealer flips over the second (and last) community card. It’s with the two community cards and your three cards that you make your best hand.

If you don’t have a hand stronger than a pair of tens, you lose all of your chips. If you have a pair tens, you get all of your chips back, but no additional chips (even money). If you get a pair of Jacks or a stronger hand, you get paid on your remaining wagers according to the payout scheme as follows:

LET IT RIDE POKER PAYOUT SCHEDULE

Pair of Tens

Even money or 1 to 1

Two Pairs

2 to 1

Three of a Kind

3 to 1

Straight

5 to 1

Flush

8 to 1

Full House

11 to 1

Four of a Kind

50 to 1

Straight Flush

200 to 1

Royal Flush

1000 to 1


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