A Let It Ride table is alike in size to a blackjack table with sufficient room for 7 players. The dealer uses a single deck of playing cards that is shuffled with an automatic card shuffler. The game starts with each player placing three distinct bets of equivalent size in three betting areas situated in front of each player on the layout. These betting spaces are labeled “1”, “2”, and “$”.
Once the compulsory three bets are made, the dealer will deal three cards face down to each player and two community cards will be dealt in front of the dealer. Nothing like video poker or draw poker, there are no draw cards in Let It Ride.
After the cards are dealt, each player inspects their three-card hand and makes a decision based on the strength of the hand whether to let bet number 1 ride or to take it down. Every player in turn will gesture his decision to the dealer in this way. If you want to let the bet ride, slip your three cards face down under your chips in the number 1 betting circle. If in its place you want to remove your bet, designate this to the dealer by scratching your cards on the felt surface toward you . The dealer will then push the chips you bet in the number 1 betting circle toward you (do not remove the chips while they are inside the betting circle, let the dealer push them toward you).
Following all the players have made their decisions, the dealer will face one of the community cards. This card symbolizes every player’s fourth card. Based on the force of their four-card hand, players have to decide again on whether to let their bet in the number 2 betting circle ride or to take it down. You signal the dealer when it’s your turn in the same way as explained above. After this choice is made, tuck your three cards face down under your chips in the third betting circle (labeled with a dollar sign). There are no more decisions to make.