It Ride is a variation of five-card online poker games
played as a table games. It was originated by the
Shuffle Master Corporation, a publicly traded company,
and was first introduced to casinos in Nevada in August
1993. It is presently in over one hundred and twenty
casinos worldwide, according to the company's literature,
and in those casinos over two hundred tables feature
the games. In 1995, "Let It Ride, The Tournament,""'
was introduced after extensive field testing. The
tournament offers prizes of at least $2 million, with
the possibility of even larger amounts.
I've watched the games being played frequently and
have spoken to a number of participants. They like
the games because it's an easy one to play, and they
feel that the rules minimize their losses. As a couple
of players told me, "you can last a long time
at this games before losing your money." Of course,
that's not the best attitude to have towards a game.
You want to play to win, not to endure.
some reason, poker players have some sort of compulsion
to try to rank starting hands in poker. Hand x is
better than hand y. Well, you can't really do that.
The value of a hand depends on a lot of things, some
of which aren't related to the hand itself. Just as
an example, the number of players is an important
variable. According to some statistics that Will Hyde
calculated and posted on the internet, with two players
in hold'em, a pair of 7s is the tenth best hand. But
with ten players it's forty-seventh. This is because
against just one opponent a pair of 7s will usually
win unimproved. But with nine opponents somebody is
going to make a bigger pair than 7s.
Don't try to memorize some list of "playable
hands." Work on thinking about the totality of
the situation and how each variable interacts with
your hand to give it value.