Let It Ride poker is a simple card game that only takes a few moments to learn. Like all poker games, you win money based on the strength of your 5 card poker hand.
Players start out by placing 3 equal bets. After placing the initial bets, the player is dealt 3 cards face up and 2 cards face down.
Based on the strength of the first 3 cards, players can either decide to Let It Ride, or remove one of their bets. After this decision has been made, one of the face down cards is shown to the player. The player then gets another decision of whether to Let It Ride or to pull back another bet. After this decision has been made, the final card is turned over and the player is paid based on the strength of his 5 card poker hand.
The minimum strength hand to get paid is a pair of tens or better.
The only skill in Let It Ride is deciding exactly when to withdraw a bet and when to Let It Ride. Logically we can ascertain that whenever you have a paying hand (A pair of 10′s or better), you should always Let It Ride. But when else should you Let It Ride? You should always Let It Ride, when you have…
A pair of tens or better.
Three to a royal flush. IE King, Queen, Jack of the same suit.
Three to a straight flush except for Ace-2-3 and 2-3-4.
With four cards showing, you should Let It Ride when you have…
Any paying hand (Tens or better).
Any four cards of the same suit.
Any four to an outside straight.
Any four to an inside straight with 4 high cards.
An inside straight is any time when you have 4 cards with one missing, for example 5,6,8,9. Where you need a 7 to fill in the straight. An outside straight is where you have 4 cards in a row, for example: 6,7,8,9. An inside straight has 4 cards than can fill it in, an outside straight has 8 cards that can fill it in, therefore the outside straight is a much greater bet, but both show a positive expectation should they meet the criteria above.
Furthermore, inside and outside straight draws are more valuable when you have a number of cards that are 10 or higher. This is because it obviously gives you a greater chance of hitting one of the 10 or higher cards and thus winning a prize.
Let It Ride House Edge
Following the easy to understand strategy above and assuming the standard payout table above, the house edge for Let It Ride is 3.51%. This means for every $100 you wager, your expected loss is $3.51. How does this compare to other gambling games? This is about the middle of the road. There are other games that will show a much lower house advantage, for example Blackjack. And there are also games that show a greater house edge. All in all, our recommendation is that you avoid playing Let It Ride simply because the high house edge, however it is a very fun game to play to blow of steam should you decide to play it.