let it ride poker rules

Let It Ride Poker is a fun and popular gambling game based on poker, often found in land-based casino in the US. The rules are simple. In this poker-based casino card-game players bet on a five-card poker hand formed by their own three cards and two community cards (shared with the dealer).

It is a slower-paced game than other casino card games, as players have the opportunity to decrease their bets or “pull back” their wagers as the game progresses (should they not like their cards, or their odds of improving to a strong, winning hand).

How To Play Let It Ride Poker

Here is an introduction to the rules, with an example of how a round of Let It Ride might go in a casino:

  1. The player places three equal bets on the table. (These are known as “1st bet,” “2nd bet,” and “3rd bet”).
  2. The dealer then deals three face-down cards to the player and two face-down community cards.
  3. The player examines their three cards and has the option to “pull back” their first bet –  or “let it ride.” If they decide to pull back the bet, they forfeit it and the round ends. If they decide to let it ride, the bet remains on the table.
  4. The dealer then reveals one of the community cards, which is known as the “turn” card. The player now has the opportunity to pull back their 2nd bet or let it ride.
  5. The dealer then reveals the second community card, which is known as the “river” card.
  6. The player’s final five-card hand is then compared to the paytable, and the player is paid out based on the strength of their hand.

An example round of Let It Ride Poker

Here is an example of how a hand of Let It Ride Poker could play out at a casino table:

  • The player is dealt the following three cards: 9 of hearts, 8 of spades, and 4 of diamonds.
  • The two community cards are the king of hearts and the queen of clubs.
  • The player decides to let their 1st bet ride.
  • The dealer reveals the turn card, which is the 2 of diamonds. The player now has a pair of 9s. They decide to let their 2nd bet ride.
  • The dealer reveals the river card, which is the 3 of hearts. The player now has a pair of 9s and a flush draw (any heart would give them a flush). They decide to let their 3rd bet ride.
  • The player’s final hand is a pair of 9s (with a busted flush draw). According to the pay-table, this hand pays out at 1 to 1, so the player is paid out the same amount as their 3rd bet.

Let It Ride Poker Pay Table

Pay tables (used to calculate how much you get paid, based on your hand strength) vary, but generally look something like this:

Hand Payout
Royal Flush 1,000 to 1
Straight Flush 200 to 1
Four of Kind 50 to 1
Full House 11 to 1
Flush 8 to 1
Straight 5 to 1
Three of a Kind 3 to 1
Two Pair 2 to 1
Pair (of 9s or Better) 1 to1