Let it Ride Poker is another of the many poker variations circulating and is very similar to 5-card stud poker in case you’re familiar with that.
It’s played with a standard 52 card deck and up to seven players. It’s like video poker in that you play against the pay schedule. In other words, the objective is to get a good poker hand (a pair of 10s or better).
The table is similar to a blackjack table and in front of each player are three circles marked with the numbers 1, 2 and $ where you place your three bets. You can take back the first and second bets you make later on during the game.
To start the game, each player makes three bets of the same amount and places them in the three circles (1, 2 and $). Each player is dealt three cards with the dealer receiving two community cards. The dealer does not have his own hand. Players must keep three cards face down on the table in view of the dealer at all time. After each player receives their cards, the dealer discards one card leaving two cards face down. Players are then allowed to check their three cards and have the choice of either taking back a bet in circle 1 or Let it Ride (hence the name). After all players have made their choices, the dealer turns up the first of the two community cards and is used as the fourth card for everyone’s hand. Again, players have the choice of removing the bet in circle 2 or Let it Ride. The second community card is then turned over so that everyone now has five cards in their hand and the dealer pays all the winning hands.
Here’s the paytable: