Let It Ride Poker is a popular casino poker game, which is quite similar to Caribbean Stud Poker.
In the beginning of a Let It Ride poker game, each player places three equal piles of chips in front of him. The size of these piles must be between the minimum and the maximum table limits. The dealer then deals three cards to each played and two face-down community cards into the center of the table.
When players see their cards they are given an option to take one of the three piles they placed in the beginning of the game or to Let It Ride, which means to leave it in the game. If a player takes his pile back, he reduces his stake, leaving only two piles in the game, and if he wins he will be paid according to this smaller stake.
When all players either remove or leave one of their piles, the dealer flips over one of the community cards. At this stage players are offered to remove another pile or to Let It Ride. So, during the game players can leave in the game only one out of the three piles they initially placed.
When the second pile is either removed or left, the dealer flips over the second community card and the game ends. Players either win or lose depending on the five card hands combined of their three individual cards together with two community cards. The dealer in Let It Ride poker does not play the game, so the hands of the players are not compared to any other hands, but are paid according to the pay table (a la video poker). If a player has a pair of nines or a lower hand, he loses all the piles left in the game. If he has a higher hand, he wins and is paid a certain multiplication of the total sum of the piles he did not remove. The standard payout table for Let It Ride poker is the following:
- Pair of Tens or Better – 1 to 1
- Two Pair – 2 to 1
- Three of a Kind – 3 to 1
- Straight – 5 to 1
- Flush – 8 to 1
- Full House – 11 to 1
- Four of a Kind – 50 to 1
- Straight Flush – 200 to 1
- Royal Flush – 1,000 to 1
Example: A player places three stakes, 50 cents each (1.5 dollars in total). The cards he gets are 5-8-J. He removes one of his stakes leaving 1 dollar in the game. The first community card flipped by the dealer is a Jack. The player keeps his second stake and remains with the same 1 dollar. The second community card is flipped and it is an Eight. The player has Two Pair and 1 dollar in the game, so he receives 2 dollars (2:1) from the dealer.