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Introduction to Let It Ride Poker

Let it Ride is among the first of the wave of new casino games, which became incredibly popular in the late 90’s. Let it Ride is a very simple poker-based game where a player is paid based on how good a poker hand is made by the player’s three cards plus the dealer’s two cards. To play the game, players place three equal stakes before the deal. As the cards are dealt and revealed, the player has the opportunity to look at his three cards and withdraw one of their stakes if they wish, and therein lies the twist. So players will have one, two or three stakes in front of them when the dealer’s second card is exposed.

Let It Ride Poker Strategy

Let It Ride poker is rather similar to Caribbean Stud Poker. It is a new casino game inspired by traditional poker, but is not played against other players. Let It Ride poker was invented by ShuffleMaster, a company that manufactures automatic shuffling machines for casinos, and is similar in concept to video poker.

Like Caribbean Stud or even Blackjack, Let It Ride is played at a semi-circular table, with the dealer on side and up to seven players on the other. Unlike the game of Caribbean Stud Poker, Let It Ride does not require players to beat the dealer, either. It’s similar to video poker in that respect. Let It Ride poker players are just hoping to create a winning combination of cards, which then pays out based on the strength of the hand.

The Rules of the Game

Player makes three bets of equal size, and the dealer gives the player three cards. The player may pull his first bet back or ‘let it ride.’ The dealer then deals the first community card, which is used by all players. Players may now pull their second stake back or ‘let it ride.’ Following this, the dealer deals the second community card. Players are then paid according to the poker value of their five cards, the remaining bets on the table, and the posted pay table.

Side bets are usually available, which are explained below.

To win at Let It Ride poker, players need at least a pair of 10’s or better. The payout structure generally ranges from the Royal Flush, which pays 1 000 to one to the lowest hand, a pair of 10’s that pays 1 to one. Four of a Kind pays 50 to one, a Full House 11 to one and a Flush 8 to one. Very much akin to video poker.

Let It Ride Versus Other Casino Games

Let It Ride poker can be an entertaining way to switch from slot machines to a table game, with no competition between the players at the table and the house edge being better than roulette or Caribbean Stud.

‘Let It Ride Poker’ is a trademark owned by the ShuffleMaster corporation. Players will often times see very similar games called ‘Let ’em Ride Poker’ or ‘Let Them Ride Poker’ available at online casinos. This is simply a name copyright issue and the game is identical.

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