Strategy

Let It Ride? or Pull?. You have to make this decision twice. Once, when you have 3 cards. And another time when you have 4 cards. Here's the basic strategy for each decision (as analyzed here):


3 CARDS - 'LET IT RIDE' WHEN YOU HAVE:

• A pair of 10s or better, or 3-of-a-kind
• Any three to a royal flush
• Three suited cards in a row except 2-3-4, and ace-2-3
• Three to a straight flush, spread 4, with at least one high card (ten or greater)
• Three to a straight flush, spread 5, with at least two high card


4 CARDS - 'LET IT RIDE' WHEN YOU HAVE:

• A pair of 10s or better, two-pair, 3-of-a-kind, or 4-of-a-kind
• Any four cards of the same suit
• Any four to an outside straight with at least one high card
• Any four to an outside straight with no high cards (zero house edge)
• Any four to an inside straight with 4 high cards (zero house edge)


An inside straight is one in which an 'inside' card is missing, such as (4,5,7,8). An outside straight is one in which an outside card is missing, such as (4,5,6,7). Outside straights are much better because there are 8 cards that can complete them as opposed to 4 for an inside straight. Spread 4 means that the cards in question span 4 ranks in a row, for example a (5,6,8). Spread 5 means the cards in question span 5 ranks, for example a (5,7,9).