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Wendover Resorts and Casinos Present:
A Short History of Let It Ride
Let it Ride is such a new casino game that you are
probably older than the game itself. Unlike the rich
and varied history of most games like Blackjack or
Roulette, which go back centuries and contain a lot
of speculation about how they originated, Let it
Ride has a more clear cut history with an easily
identifiable beginning.
Let it Ride actually started as a marketing ploy and
it just spread from there. Basically, it went viral
before going viral was a thing.
The Marketing Shuffle
Back when casinos only used a single deck of cards for
games like Blackjack, card counting was a big headache
for casinos. Card counting is when a person is able to
keep track of approximately how many high and low
cards are left in a deck of cards as a game is being
played. Rather than memorizing or tracking specific
cards, they use simple math formulas to help increase
their odds of winning. While card counting is not
technically illegal and it doesn’t really break any casino
rules, it’s obviously frowned upon by casinos.
In order to combat card counting in casinos, the Shuffle
Master company introduced its Shuffle Master card
shuffling machine in 1992. The machine was specifically
made for shuffling Blackjack hands since that was the
game most likely to be played by people with card
counting abilities.
The company’s timing was bad, though, because by the
early 1990s, casinos had already started using multiple
decks in table games to throw off card counters and the
Shuffle Master did not catch on with casinos.
So, to market its Shuffle Master machine, company
founder John Breeding -- a truck driver turned inventor --
created a whole new game in 1993 that only used a
single deck of cards. Shuffle Master debuted its new
game in Reno, Nevada near its headquarters of Paradise,
Nevada.
Poker Base
Based on Five Card Stud poker, Let it Ride is a slower
paced game and has the unique feature of letting players
withdraw portions of their wager if it seems unlikely that
they’ll win a hand. These two factors contributed to the
game becoming popular and spreading throughout the
United States.
Let it Ride became so popular, in fact, that revenue from
the game far exceeded revenue from the Shuffle Master
machine it was invented to help sell.
Also helping its popularity was the fact that the house
edge in Let it Ride is considerably more than traditional
casino games like Craps. The house edge for Let it Ride
is 3.5% while the house edge for Craps is 1.4%.
Obviously, casinos liked this increased house edge and
were quick to pick the game up because of it.
The game also appears to have helped the company that
invented it. Started with a $30,000 loan to Breeding,
Shuffle Master went on to change its name to SHFL
entertainment inc. and start producing other casino
products like slot machines. Eventually, Breeding would
sell SHFL to Bally Technologies in 2013 for $1.3 billion.
Although the company’s fortunes can’t all be traced back
to Let it Ride, the game certainly helped give it a boost
early on.
Let it Ride has remained almost unchanged since its
inception. The only change has been the introduction of
side bets to help balance out the house’s relatively large
edge.
Rules
To start, players place their bets on the table. Each player
must place an equal amount of chips into three different
spots. They are able to take back either one or two of
these piles of chips throughout game play, but the third
one must stay.
The dealer then deals each player a card and puts a
community card face down on the table. The dealer then
deals each player another card and puts a second
community card face down on the table before dealing
one last card to each player for a total of three cards and
two community cards.
At this point, players are permitted to look at their cards
and take back exactly one third of their bet by taking it off
the table if they want to.
Once all players have looked at their cards and have
decided what they’re doing with their bets, the dealer
reveals the first of the community cards. Players now
have another opportunity to take back exactly one third of
their bet if they want. It is not possible to take back the
final third of the bet.
The dealer reveals the second community card and the
players now reveal their cards to determine if they have a
winning or losing hand.
Let it Ride uses poker hands, but the lowest available
winning hand is usually a pair of 10s. Any hand lower
than a pair of 10s is considered a losing hand and a
player will forfeit whatever remains of their bet to the
house.
If they have a winning hand, the remainder of their wager will be paid
out according to a payout table. Although payouts vary between
casinos, they’ll typically pay:
Pair of 10s or better - 1:1
Two Pairs - 2:1
Three of a Kind - 3:1
Straight - 5:1
Flush - 8:1
Full House - 11:1
Four of a Kind - 50:1
Straight Flush - 200:1
Royal Flush - 1,000:1
From its humble beginnings as a marketing ploy, Let it
Ride has spread to casinos worldwide with its unique
features that let players have a little more control over
their wagers. One of the best places to play Let it Ride is
the Wendover Nugget Hotel and Casino and the Red
Garter Hotel and Casino in wonderful West Wendover,
Nevada. Come and play it yourself and let it ride.

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Wendover Resorts and Casinos Present: A Short History of Let It Ride

  • 1. Wendover Resorts and Casinos Present: A Short History of Let It Ride
  • 2. Let it Ride is such a new casino game that you are probably older than the game itself. Unlike the rich and varied history of most games like Blackjack or Roulette, which go back centuries and contain a lot of speculation about how they originated, Let it Ride has a more clear cut history with an easily identifiable beginning. Let it Ride actually started as a marketing ploy and it just spread from there. Basically, it went viral before going viral was a thing.
  • 4. Back when casinos only used a single deck of cards for games like Blackjack, card counting was a big headache for casinos. Card counting is when a person is able to keep track of approximately how many high and low cards are left in a deck of cards as a game is being played. Rather than memorizing or tracking specific cards, they use simple math formulas to help increase their odds of winning. While card counting is not technically illegal and it doesn’t really break any casino rules, it’s obviously frowned upon by casinos.
  • 5. In order to combat card counting in casinos, the Shuffle Master company introduced its Shuffle Master card shuffling machine in 1992. The machine was specifically made for shuffling Blackjack hands since that was the game most likely to be played by people with card counting abilities.
  • 6. The company’s timing was bad, though, because by the early 1990s, casinos had already started using multiple decks in table games to throw off card counters and the Shuffle Master did not catch on with casinos.
  • 7. So, to market its Shuffle Master machine, company founder John Breeding -- a truck driver turned inventor -- created a whole new game in 1993 that only used a single deck of cards. Shuffle Master debuted its new game in Reno, Nevada near its headquarters of Paradise, Nevada.
  • 9. Based on Five Card Stud poker, Let it Ride is a slower paced game and has the unique feature of letting players withdraw portions of their wager if it seems unlikely that they’ll win a hand. These two factors contributed to the game becoming popular and spreading throughout the United States.
  • 10. Let it Ride became so popular, in fact, that revenue from the game far exceeded revenue from the Shuffle Master machine it was invented to help sell. Also helping its popularity was the fact that the house edge in Let it Ride is considerably more than traditional casino games like Craps. The house edge for Let it Ride is 3.5% while the house edge for Craps is 1.4%. Obviously, casinos liked this increased house edge and were quick to pick the game up because of it.
  • 11. The game also appears to have helped the company that invented it. Started with a $30,000 loan to Breeding, Shuffle Master went on to change its name to SHFL entertainment inc. and start producing other casino products like slot machines. Eventually, Breeding would sell SHFL to Bally Technologies in 2013 for $1.3 billion. Although the company’s fortunes can’t all be traced back to Let it Ride, the game certainly helped give it a boost early on.
  • 12. Let it Ride has remained almost unchanged since its inception. The only change has been the introduction of side bets to help balance out the house’s relatively large edge.
  • 13. Rules
  • 14. To start, players place their bets on the table. Each player must place an equal amount of chips into three different spots. They are able to take back either one or two of these piles of chips throughout game play, but the third one must stay.
  • 15. The dealer then deals each player a card and puts a community card face down on the table. The dealer then deals each player another card and puts a second community card face down on the table before dealing one last card to each player for a total of three cards and two community cards.
  • 16. At this point, players are permitted to look at their cards and take back exactly one third of their bet by taking it off the table if they want to. Once all players have looked at their cards and have decided what they’re doing with their bets, the dealer reveals the first of the community cards. Players now have another opportunity to take back exactly one third of their bet if they want. It is not possible to take back the final third of the bet.
  • 17. The dealer reveals the second community card and the players now reveal their cards to determine if they have a winning or losing hand. Let it Ride uses poker hands, but the lowest available winning hand is usually a pair of 10s. Any hand lower than a pair of 10s is considered a losing hand and a player will forfeit whatever remains of their bet to the house.
  • 18. If they have a winning hand, the remainder of their wager will be paid out according to a payout table. Although payouts vary between casinos, they’ll typically pay: Pair of 10s or better - 1:1 Two Pairs - 2:1 Three of a Kind - 3:1 Straight - 5:1 Flush - 8:1 Full House - 11:1 Four of a Kind - 50:1 Straight Flush - 200:1 Royal Flush - 1,000:1
  • 19. From its humble beginnings as a marketing ploy, Let it Ride has spread to casinos worldwide with its unique features that let players have a little more control over their wagers. One of the best places to play Let it Ride is the Wendover Nugget Hotel and Casino and the Red Garter Hotel and Casino in wonderful West Wendover, Nevada. Come and play it yourself and let it ride.