Let it Ride, an Overview

The History

The story of Let it Ride is an absorbing one – it was initially invented and marketed to increase the demand and exposure of the very first shuffling device manufactured by Shuffle Master Incorporated, a producer of utility and entertainment merchandise, based in the gambling capital of the world, Las Vegas.Let it Ride

Shuffle Master’s first achievement was their BG-1 and BG-2 card shufflers, which not only shuffled cards between breaks, but also combated the player strategy of card counting. The product was well received by the gaming bosses as it obviously increased casino productivity, profitability and security. The shuffler was a tad slow n moving, so the big boys at Shuffle Master put their heads together and came up with Let it Ride, a poker-style casino card game that cleverly incorporated the shuffler into game play.

The Rules

Like so many other variants of poker, Let it Ride is played against the house at a relatively slow pace, and one of the big advantages of this popular game is that the player has an option to pull back two of the three mandatory bets made over the duration of the game.

It is, for all intents and purposes, very closely related to Five-Card Stud, as players wager on a poker hand consisting of three cards in the hand, and two community cards in the dealer’s hand. The winnings are pre-determined by a payout schedule and the ranking of the player’s hand.

Each player places three bets, of equal proportion, in designated areas labelled 1, 2 and $. The dealer then deals three cards, face down to each player, and two cards; also face down, to himself.

After looking at their cards, each player has the option of ‘pulling back’ their first bet, or leaving it on the table, hence the title ‘Let it Ride’. The dealer then exposes one of the community cards, and again the players may opt to pull back or Let it Ride. At no stage can a player add his first bet back onto the table once it has been pulled. At this stage all the cards in the hand are placed face down on the table and are not permitted to be touched again. The dealer then flips over the second, and final, community card and in a counter clockwise direction will turn over the three cards of each player.

All losing bets are collected and all winning hands paid out. It is important to remember that the third bet can never be withdrawn, and that it is not all that clever, or for that matter, legal to show your cards to any of the other players at the table – it will only increase their chances of knowing what cards the dealer is likely to turn up.