Let ’em Ride Poker


Let It Ride is a casino table game based on poker. The aim of the game is to make the best possible 5 card poker hand. You are not playing against other players or the Dealer in this game, you just need to hit a minimum hand in order to win.

It is important that you have at least a basic knowledge of poker hands before you start playing Let It Ride, the cards you are dealt and the possible hands you are aiming for when the later cards arrive will affect your actions.
They are shown below in the order of best to worst and we have a separate section on poker hands on this site too. Make sure you have a look if you are unsure as for the which cards you need for each hand.

Like all versions of poker, the final hand is made up of 5 cards. However, unlike some versions, such as Texas Hold’em – the most popular – you only receive 5 cards and therefore do not have any decision to make with regards to which to keep and which to discard.

Casinos do vary in terms of the payouts for each and we, therefore, recommend that if Let It Ride is your game of choice that you take a look at a few of the recommended casino sites to ensure you are getting the best possible return. A key thing to look for is the lowest possible winning hand and this could easily be the difference between winning and losing money.

Let it Ride

 

Rules

1. First of all, you need to decide how much to bet. You can make up to 3 bets in total if you believe your hand is good enough, bare this in mind when deciding how much to start with.

2. 3 cards are then dealt face up, this makes up 60% of your final hand and therefore it is important to decide at this point how strong your hand is.

3. You now have to decide whether to place a further bet equal to the initial bet or to ‘Let It Ride’ and not put any more funds into the pot.

4. Once this has been done, a 4th card is dealt, also face up. This will normally be in front of the Dealer but is yours to use. Another final betting round is then available to you, as before you can raise and place a bet equal to your initial bet or ‘Let It Ride’ and bet no further money.

5. The 5th and final card are then dealt face up and your final hand is now known. Payouts are then made according to the value of your hand, an idea of this is shown below. As mentioned above, this does vary from casino to casino.

Payouts

(Remember, these often vary depending on your chosen casino so ensure you check out the payouts in a few different casinos before you choose where to play):

Hands Payouts

Royal Flush 1,000 to 1
Straight Flush 200 to 1
4 of a Kind 50 to 1
Full House 11 to 1
Flush 8 to 1
Straight 5 to 1
3 of a kind 3 to 1
2 pair 2 to 1
Pair of 10’s or better 1 to 1
Anything else You lose

 

Strategy

After you have received the first 3 cards, you are aware of 60% of your final hand. You should, therefore, have a good idea of whether or not you are likely to get a winning hand and if so, exactly how good it is likely to be. Take a look at the outcomes below and place a Raise bet if any of these apply to your hand at this point. If your hand doesn’t meet any of these, Let It Ride and pay no further money:

• Any hand that would get you a win, generally a Pair of 10’s or better

• Any 3 cards that can make up a Royal Flush, so a 10 through to Ace of the same suit

• Any 3 cards of the same suit which are also adjacent to each other (so 6, 7 and 8 of Spades for example), with the exception of 2-3-4 or A-2-3 as there is less chance of hitting an inside straight

• Any 3 cards that make up a Straight Flush as long as the cards are spread over 4 numbers (for example a 9, 10 and Q of the same suit), where at least 1 of the cards is a 10 or higher

• Any 3 cards that make up a Straight Flush as long as the cards are spread over 5 numbers (for example an 8, J and Q of the same suite), where at least 2 of the cards are a 10 or higher

After you have received the first 4 cards, you are aware of 80% if your final hand. Take a look at the outcomes below and place a Raise bet if any of these apply to your hand at this point. If your hand doesn’t meet any of these, Let It Ride and pay no further money:

• Any hand that would get you a win, generally a Pair of 10’s or better

• Any 4 cards that are of the same suit, just 1 more would get you a flush

• Any 4 cards that give you the chance of an Outside Straight (e.g. 7, 8, 9 and 10 – you have 2 options to hit your Straight, either a 6 or a J), and where at least 1 of the cards is a 10 or above

• Any 4 cards that give you the chance of an Inside Straight (e.g. 9, 10, J and K – this is where you only have 1 number that will hit the Straight, in this case, a Q), and where at least 2 of the cards are a 10 or above

Side Games

Let It Ride is a table game the same as Blackjack and Baccarat, as with most of these types of games, there are often side bets that the casino run alongside the main game. Whereas some of these can be reasonable odds, those you find with Let It Ride tend to be heavily stacked in favor of the house and we, therefore, recommend you stay clear as you won’t get good value for money.

The one you sometimes find that can be worth playing, the same as shown in the sample game above, is those that have a Progressive Jackpot. For a relatively small bet, in this case, $1, you can win large sums of money if you get one of the premium hands from your 5 cards.

The version above pays out the full Progressive Jackpot if you hit a Royal Flush, 10% of the Progressive Jackpot for a Straight Flush and a value of between $75 and $500 for 4 of a kind, a Full House or a Flush.


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