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Let It Ride

Let It Ride is another poker variation, where players don't have to beat each other or the dealer, they simply have to compile a winning hand equal to or larger then a pair of tens.

The Shuffle Master Gaming Company developed Let It Ride Poker to help sell their automatic shuffling machines to land based casinos. Casino players first discovered this game in Reno, Nevada in 1993.

How To Play

Each player places three bets of equal size. The dealer deals three cards to every player and deals two "community" cards face down. Each player then has the option to take back one of their bets or "let it ride". The dealer then turns over one of the community cards. Each player again has the option to take back one of their bets or leave it and "let it ride". The dealer then flips the second community card and players are paid according to the following table.

Payoff table:

Hand Pays Odds
Royal flush 1,000 to 1 649,350:1
Straight flush 200 to 1 72,220:1
Four of a kind 50 to 1 4,165:1
Full house 11 to 1 694:1
Flush 8 to 1 509:1
Straight 5 to 1 255:1
Three of a kind 3 to 1 47:1
Two pair 2 to 1 21:1
Tens or better 1 to 1 6:1
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The house advantage is about 3.5%.

Strategy

Winning involves knowing when to leave and when to take back your bets. When you have three cards you should let them ride if you have:

Tens or better or three of a kind - any paying hand.
Any three of a royal flush Three suited cards in a row except 2-3-4, and ace-2-3
Three to a straight flush, spread 4, with at least one high card (ten or greater)
Three to a straight flush, spread 5, with at least two high cards

When you have four cards let it ride if you have:

Tens or better, a pair or three of a kind - any paying hand.
Any four of a royal flush
Any four of a straight flush
Any four of a flush
Any four of an outside straight with at least one high card
Any four of an outside straight with no high cards (zero house edge)
Any four of an inside straight with 4 high cards (zero house edge)

Some casinos may offer a side bet of a dollar and payoff on certain hands. This is commonly thought of as a bad bet. The house advantage on this bet ranges from about 13% to 35%.