Let ‘Em Ride Rules
Note – The Let ‘Em Ride rules listed here apply primarily to online casinos. If you’re looking for live action, you will want to check out our Let It Ride page instead. The two games are very closely related but there are a couple differences between the two.
Let ‘Em Ride (a.k.a. Let Them Ride) is one of my favorite casino games because of its simple nature and high payouts. The game allows you to place bets when you like your hand and it lets you pass on bets when you don’t like your hand. There is still a house advantage in Let ‘Em Ride but it’s not a very large advantage.
How to Play Let ‘Em Ride
Let ‘Em Ride is played with a single deck of 52 cards. The object of the game is to get the best five card poker hand possible. You can’t control which cards you get, but you can control how much money you wager. As the hand progresses, you get two opportunities to place additional bets. If you end up with a pair of 10s or better, you receive a payout based on the strength of your hand.
Each round begins with you placing a bet on the appropriate spot on the table. You may also place an optional bet of $1.00 on the progressive jackpot. The dealer then deals three cards face up in front of you and two cards face down in front of him.
After you look at your cards, you may choose to either place an additional bet or continue without betting. If you decide to make a bet, it must be the same size as the first bet you placed. Next, the dealer reveals one of the face down cards and you may decide whether you want to place another bet or continue without betting.
After you make your decision, the dealer reveals the final face down card. There are now a total of five face-up cards on the table. These five cards represent your final poker hand. If you have a pair of 10s or better, you will be paid according to the pay table posted near the table. Most casinos pay out at the following rate:
Final Hand – Payout Rate
Royal Flush – 1000:1
Straight Flush – 200:1
4 of a Kind – 50:1
Full House – 11:1
Flush – 8:1
Straight – 5:1
3 of a Kind – 3:1
Two Pair – 2:1
Pair of 10s or Higher – 1:1
If you need a refresher on poker hands, please visit this poker hand rankings page.
Let ‘Em Ride Progressive Jackpot
You also have an option to place a $1.00 side bet on the progressive jackpot. This extra bet gives you additional payouts for extra strong hands. If you catch a Royal Flush, you will win the entire progressive jackpot. This jackpot is often worth six figures because it grows quickly.
The payouts for the progressive jackpot are as follows:
Final Hand – Payout
Royal Flush – 100% of the progressive jackpot
Straight Flush – 10% of the progressive jackpot
4 of a Kind – $500
Full House – $100
Flush – $75
Play of the Game
A basic hand of Let ‘Em Ride is played in the following manner:
- Each player places a bet on the table.
- The dealer gives each player three cards face up.
- The dealer places two cards face down in the middle of the table.
- Each player looks at his hand and decides whether to place an additional bet or continue without making a bet.
- The dealer reveals one of the face down cards.
- Each player chooses whether to place an additional bet or continue without making a bet.
- The dealer reveals the last face down card.
- Each player’s final hand consists of the three cards in front of him plus the two community cards in the middle of the table.
- The players who end up with a pair of 10s or better receive their payouts.
- The players who end up with a pair of 9s or lower lose their bets.