How to Play Let ‘Em Ride

Poker has long been established as one of the most popular card games in the world. Unlike some other games, its appeal is not only limited to casinos. People play it in the confines of their homes as well. Poker does not refer to a single game, but rather a group of games which use the same hand rankings to determine the winner. These games usually differ on the basis of the betting method, dealing method, or sometimes there is a slight change in the card rankings as well. Let ‘Em Ride is one such poker game, also known as ‘Let it Ride’ poker. This game has slightly different betting rules, and is based largely on community cards.

History

The credit of inventing this game goes to Michael Parisi and Karen Elder of the Shuffle Master Gaming company. The aim of the game was not to lure customers but rather to increase the sales of automatic shuffling machines to the casinos. It was first introduced in Reno, Nevada in 1993. But along with increasing the sales of shuffling machines, the game became an instant hit. Though the game was a bit slow paced compared to some other poker games, it attracted a huge player base. It especially appealed to some of the older players and to those who were new to the gambling scene.

Rules

Let ‘Em Ride is derived from 5 card stud poker. So, it involves player cards and community cards. The most interesting part about the game is the betting rules. In this game, the player has a chance to withdraw one-third of his bet not once but twice.

  • To begin the game each player has to place the bet.
  • To ensure that the bet is divisible by 3, there are three sections for placing the bet. A player has to place equal number of chips in all the three sections. Usually, these sections are marked as 1, 2, and $.
  • If a player wishes to remove one third of the bets, he can do so from the first two sections.
  • After everyone has placed their wager, the dealer starts dealing out the cards. He first gives a card to each player starting from his left, then puts the first community card face down. After that, he gives the second card to each player and then places the second community card face down. Subsequently, he deals out the last card to each player.
  • After this the players are allowed to have a look at their hands, and it is not permissible for players to reveal their hands to others, or see other players’ hands.
  • If anyone wishes to lower their wager by one third, then they can remove chips from the first section.
  • When players are done with lowering their bets then the first community card is revealed. After this the players are again allowed to remove one third of their wager.
  • If they chose not to withdraw parts of their bets, then it is termed as letting it ride, which gives the name to this game.
  • After the final card has been revealed, the payout is made on whatever is the remaining bet. Generally the payout begins at a pair of 10′s and you lose with anything below that. Payout table changes from casino to casino, but typically the house has an edge of about 3.4%.

Strategy

In Let ‘Em Ride poker, the strategy is based around the first two betting circles and the first four cards that you have. There are two main steps to this; to decide what to do after seeing your initial hand of three cards, and what to do after the first community card has been revealed. After the first three cards have been dealt to you, you should only let your bet ride if:

  • You have a pair of 10′s or have a three of a kind. In both the cases let your bet ride no matter what the 4th or the 5th card is as the payout for a pair of 10 is 1:1 and for three of a kind is 3:1.
  • You have the three cards for a flush with a 10 or a higher card.
  • You have three cards to a straight flush or a royal flush.

After the fourth card is revealed you should let your bet ride only if:

  • You have a hand with a pair of tens or something better, or even a two pair.
  • You have a three of a kind or a four of a kind, which pays 50:1.
  • You have a four card flush, a four card straight flush, or a four card royal flush.

You also need to remember that it is not necessary for you to have removed your first bet in order to remove your second. You can remove the second bet even if you let the first one ride. The limits to a casino table are also very important. You get a payout of 1000:1 for getting a royal flush. Now suppose you are playing on a table whose upper limit is $25,000. You have bet $15 on each of the betting circles, which makes your total bet $45. Assuming that you let both your bets ride and you get a royal flush. You will get only $25,000 and not $45,000 because of the upper limit. Always be aware about the limits of the table you are going to play on.

Side-Bets

Most safe online casinos also offer players a side bet based on their initial 3 card hand. This bet has a house edge of about 7% based on the 3 card bet payout chart. Apart from this particular side-bet, some casinos also offer a $1 side bet. By making this bet, you get an additional payoff on certain hands. This bet has a house edge varying from 13.7% in some casinos to 35% in other casinos. It is advised to avoid this bet.

 

Baccarat Lessons: How to Play Baccarat

There is probably no other game which has been shrouded in mystery more than Baccarat, and yet became such an important part of the casino culture. It has two versions, one is played in American casinos, and the other one is popular in European casinos. The game has been made popular by Ian Fleming’s famous spy James Bond. Baccarat was a favorite of Agent 007 and has been mentioned in many books and movies as well. For a long period of time, Baccarat was played in separate areas of the casinos with only people with high bankrolls participating. But then casinos opened this section to the general public as well.

History

The historical background of baccarat is not very clear. Some believe that it has been derived from the French game called Vingt-et-tun, which is also the ancestor of blackjack. Others believe that the game dates back to the middle ages when it was played with a different set of cards. But mostly, historians believe that the game originated in Italy and was then introduced to France. The Italian word baccarat, which means ‘nothing’, is the root for the name baccarat, as the face cards and 10 cards in baccarat have zero value. Over the course of time, a different version of the game called Chemin de fer got a lot more popular in the European continent, whereas the traditional version became popular in America.

Goal of Baccarat

To many people who are unaware about the rules of baccarat, it seems a very intimidating game. The enormous table and the layout can make it appear so. But the goal of baccarat is quite straightforward: achieve a sum total of 9. If that is not achieved, then the aim is to get close to 9 by using 2 or 3 cards. All the face cards and 10 card have 0 value, ace counts as one, and rest of the cards are treated at face value. If the sum total of cards exceeds 9, then 10 is deducted from the sum. A maximum of 3 cards are allowed, and the 3rd card cannot be taken if your total is 6 or over 6.

If the first 2 cards have a total of 8 or 9 then it is called a natural hand. If either hand has a natural 9 or 8, then the other is not allowed to draw a 3rd card. A natural hand beats every other hand in baccarat. A natural 8 can only be beaten by a natural 9.

Baccarat has always been the game for the posh. But recently, in an effort to increase the popularity of the game, a game called mini baccarat has been introduced in a lot of casinos. The rules are very similar as the original game, but the table limits are a lot less so as to attract more people.

Game Rules

Both baccarat and mini-baccarat are available at BetOnline and are played with six or eight decks of cards dealt from a shoe. The cards are shuffled and kept in the shoe and then the players take turns to deal the cards. While playing at the full table, you will see 3 dealers. One of them stands in the middle and announces the total for the hands and also draws the 3rd card as per the casino rules. The other two dealers stand on the end and are responsible for keeping track of the wins and losses of the player and the commission owed by them. In case of mini-baccarat all these responsibilities are handled by a single dealer.

On a normal baccarat table, there are numbers for up to 14 players to place their wagers. Corresponding to these numbers there are slots for a player to place money on the player’s or the banker’s hand. There is also a place for keeping track of the commission owed by each player. Mini baccarat tables are even simpler. They have room for 7 players only.

When the game begins, it’s usually a player who acts as the banker. Two hands are dealt. One of them is for the player the other is for the banker. Bets are made for the winning hand. There is no other choice in the game of baccarat other than deciding which hand will win. The players hand gets one more card if its total is less than 6 and the bankers hand gets one more card if its total less than 6.

If a third card is drawn for the player’s hand, then the banker’s hand will always get one more card if its total of first 2 cards is equal to or less than two. If its total is 7, 8, or 9, then it always stands. On the other hand, if the banker’s card total is three, then the banker always takes a card unless the player has a total of 8. The rules do seem a bit complicated, but you don’t have to worry as everything is done by the dealer, and all you are required to do is place the bet on your preferred hand.

Betting Strategy

Baccarat is a purely luck based game. There is nothing you can do to control the outcome of the game. You have only three options, either to bet on the player’s or the banker’s hand, or to bet on the tie. The tie pays at 8:1, and the other two at 1:1. Statistically speaking, you have a slightly better chance of winning at the banker’s hand. That is the reason why casinos charge 5% of the winnings on the bankers hand as the house edge is extremely low.

There is one other method, through which you can keep track of the 4′s and 6′s leaving the shoe and adjust your bets accordingly. As the 4 cards come out of the deck, you should bet on banker’s hand and if 6 cards are coming out then bet on the player hand. But again, according to the experts, because of the limited choices that a player has, the probability of win in a game of baccarat rarely changes.

 

INCREASING THE ODDS IN KENO

Most Keno players view the idea of learning the odds as a completely unnecessary task. After all, most of the outcomes in the game are based solely on luck. However, a basic understanding of the house percentage, ticket price, and the casino’s payoffs can increase the odds of winning even if just by a little bit at Canadian casinos online.

House Percentage and Casino Payoff

Casinos, whether at brick and mortar establishments or online casinos, have an edge over players. If a house edge is 20%, then that means the casino will come to possess 20% of the money bet by players. The other 80% is paid out in various winnings. The thing to learn here is that, no matter what, after a given time period the casino will come to have accumulated the house percentage of money bet. In order to win more, players should place the bets on the games with the lowest house advantage.

Keno Odds

The Keno odds available to players, in regards to payouts, are increasingly better than that of the state lottery. Yet they are also slightly lower than that of online casino slots games. Online Keno games offer much better odds and house edges than in-casino Keno games, in part because operating costs are much lower. These lower house edges offer players a better chance at winning and less chance of a complete monetary loss.

The average house advantage is between 15% and 25%. Even though the house percentage is a lot, Keno is worth playing simply because it costs almost nothing to participate in a game. A player can win thousands of dollars in one game, making keno online the best choice for big payouts. Odds are not listed on Keno tickets but Odds Tables can be printed and taken to the casino or can be available when playing in an online casino.