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Rather than compete with the other players at the table, Novelty poker games pit you against the dealer or a pay table. Some of the rules and pay tables may vary slightly by casino, but each game has its own unique spin on the poker classics.

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Let it Ride Poker

Ready for a ride? This simple poker variation pits the player against a pay table—no bluffing or poker face required. All that counts is the strength of a five-card poker hand and the skill to know when to decrease bets (that’s right, decrease) or let it ride.

Object of the Game

Win bets by making the best possible five-card hand from three personal cards and two community cards. Where it gets interesting is in the betting rounds: players have an opportunity to decrease their opening bets each round if they feel their cards aren’t strong.

Pay table

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  • Royal flush
  • Straight flush
  • Four of a kind
  • Full house
  • Flush
  • Straight
  • Three of a kind
  • Two pair
  • Tens or better
  • Anything else


  • 1,000 to 1
  • 200 to 1
  • 50 to 1
  • 11 to 1
  • 8 to 1
  • 5 to 1
  • 3 to 1
  • 2 to 1
  • 1 to 1
  • Loss

Side bets

Let it Ride also has a couple of optional side bets players can make during each round. These are:


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The only certainty in Let it Ride is the random order in which cards appear in the draw. Not even the dealer can predict which will come next.

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