Let ‘Em Ride strategy is fairly simple compared to most casino games. Once you memorize a few basic rules, you’ll be able to lower the house advantage without a whole lot of effort.
The strategy for Let Em Ride is the same as the strategy for Let It Ride. If you know one game, you know both games.
The Let Em Ride strategy on this page reduces the house advantage to about 3.5%. The slow pace of the game plus the low house advantage makes Let ‘Em Ride a good game for gamblers on a budget. A single stake can last a long time at a table if the right strategy is used.
Win at Let ‘Em Ride
Use these simple rules at each stage of the hand to decide if you should fold now or place a raise bet.
After you receive your first three cards, stay in if you have any of the following hands:
Any paying hand
Three to a straight flush or Royal Flush except for A-2-3 and 2-3-4.
Three to a straight flush with one gap and at least one card worth 10 or more. Example: 7d-8d-10d
Three to a straight flush with two gaps and at least two cards worth 10 or more. Example: 8d-Td-Qd
After you receive your forth card, stay in if you have any of the following hands:
Any paying hand
Any four cards to a flush
Any four to an open ended straight draw
Any four cards ranked 10 or higher
This simple but effective strategy is as optimal as it gets. The term “open ended” from above means that the straight draw can be completed by catching any one of two cards. For example, the hand 6-7-8-9 can be completed if either a 5 or 10 is drawn.
Let ‘Em Ride Progressive Jackpot Strategy
Most casinos offer a side bet that offers special payouts for achieving strong hands. At many casinos, this includes a progressive jackpot for Royal Flushes. These bets generally have a high advantage and end up costing you significant money over time. Unless the progressive jackpot is especially high, it’s not worth the extra money.
Aggregate Payout Rules
Many casinos have a cap on the amount they will pay out on a single hand of Let Em Ride. Make note of that cap and then make sure you size your wagers so that you don’t exceed the max if you win. Otherwise, this just increases the house advantage.
Let’s say, for example, that your casino has a maximum payout rule of $100,000. If you get paid 1000:1 for Royal Flushes on that table, your bets should not exceed a total of $100 per hand. This means your first bet should not exceed $33 so that you have room to place two raises and still be within that cap.
If you wager a total of $200 on a hand and then hit a Royal Flush, your payout should be $200 x 1000 or $200,000. But since that exceeds the table cap, you only get $100,000 or half your winnings. This gives the house a major advantage. An easy rule to remember how to size your starting bet: divide the maximum table payout by 3,000.