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Let It Ride Review

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Overview

Let It Ride Poker is a casino poker game (meaning that players bet against the banker rather than playing against each other) and is played with a single standard deck of 52 cards.

The player starts by placing an Ante wager and then the dealer will deal out 3 cards face up to the player and 2 face down community cards. Once the player has reviewed their cards they are given the option to either Raise of Continue. Both choices will result in one of the community cards being turned over but of the player chooses to Raise they have to place an additional bet equal to their Ante bet. After this the player is again given the choice to Raise or Continue before the second community card is turned over and the results of the hand are decided.

After the second community card is turned over the player’s hand is then compared to a paytable. In this sense Let It Ride is similar to a Video Poker game. The standard paytable is shown below;

Hand Payout
Royal Flush 1000 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 Pairs 2 to 1
Pair 1 to 1
10s or Better 1 to 1

This paytable does vary from software provider to software provider (or sometimes from casino to casino offline), but the above is the most commonly used paytable online.

For a winning hand, all bets – Ante and any Raises placed – are paid at the odds shown in the above table.

The optimum strategy for Let It Ride poker is simpler than for some other table poker games.

For the first Raise decision, Raise if;

  1. You have a winning hand already
  2. You have 3 to a Straight Flush and any of the following is true;
    1. There are no gaps
    2. You have one gap, but you also have a 10, J, Q, K or A
    3. You have 2 gaps and two of your cards are 10, J, Q, K or A

Do not Raise the following 3 to a Straight Flush hands – A23, A24, A34 or 234

For the second Raise decision, Raise if;

  1. You have a paying hand
  2. You have 4 to a Flush
  3. You have 4 to a Straight and any of the following is true;
    1. There are no gaps
    2. You have 4 high cards (10, J, Q, K or A)

Do not Raise the following 4 to a Straight hand – A234.

The House Edge of Let It Ride – when considered across all wagers rather than only on the Ante bet and assuming you are using optimum strategy – is 2.85%.

Let It Ride usually also offers a side bet simply called ‘Jackpot’. This is a Progressive Jackpot bet (the jackpot amount gets higher with ever bet placed by players that does not win the jackpot). While this bet can get high enough to be favourable to the player, we’d strongly recommend players avoid this bet. It’s very unusual for the jackpot to get high enough to be player favourable and the vast majority of the time the House Edge on this bet is FAR higher than any other casino game.

For more information on Let It Ride see our sister site – Let It Ride.

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