Let It Ride Poker

So you love poker but are looking for a way to change the schematics a bit. Pull up a chair at the Let It Ride table and change your way of thinking. Unlike most casino games, with Let It Ride, the Players are not competing against the Dealer. In fact, as a Player, you are actually hoping the Dealer has a great hand. It's true! The Dealer deals himself two cards, and the Player is given three cards. Do you see the pattern? Five cards? Poker? Yep, it's Five-Card Stud Poker. Well, sort of.

The Basics

The basic poker hand rankings pertain to Let It Ride, however, a pair must consist of 10s or higher to win. Your winning hand is based upon the three cards that are dealt to you plus the Dealer's two cards.

To begin the game, the minimum table bet must be placed on each of three circles on the table. The circles will be labeled 1, 2 and $. For example, if the minimum table bet is $5, you will be initially betting $15. You are then dealt three cards face down and the Dealer receives two cards that he places face down in front of him. You may then pick up your cards (yes, it's OK to use both hands in this instance). Now, don't get any delusions of discarding cards and getting new ones. You are stuck with these three cards.

Once you take a look at your cards, you need to decide whether you have a chance to win with your own cards plus what the Dealer's two cards might reveal. If you don't really have much of a hand to begin with, scratch your cards on the table and the Dealer will return your first wager. That is, the bet you placed on the 1 circle. If you think you might have a winning hand, place your cards face down under the 1 wager and all of your bets will remain.

The Dealer then turns over one of his cards. You now have a chance to re-evaluate your hand with all four cards. If you still have a losing hand, scratch your cards again and the Dealer will return the second wager (2 circle) to you. If you feel you might win with the four-card hand plus the unknown fifth card, and since this is the last decision to make, place your cards under the $ circle. The Dealer then reveals his last card and determines the winners.

If you happen to have a winning hand with your first three cards (for example, a minimum of a pair of 10s or three-of-a-kind), just place your cards under the $ wager and leave all three of your bets. There are no more decisions to make and everyone knows you are in the game until the end.


Typical casino payoffs in Let It Ride
Royal Flush1000:1
Straight Flush200:1
4 of a Kind50:1
Full House11:1
3 of a Kind3:1
Two Pair2:1
Pair of 10s or Better1:1