On Friday, the Rivers Casino in Des Plaines, Illinois, opened its first sportsbook. The problem is that the casino is still awaiting approval on the state to start accepting bets.
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The BetRivers SportsBar opened a nearly 5,000-square foot space at the casino property on Friday near the main gambling floor. However, patrons will not be permitted to place bets at the venue until state regulators give them the green light to do so.
Awaiting Approval from Illinois Gaming Board
Rush Street Gaming and Churchill Downs Inc., the companies in charge of the casino property, are waiting for the Illinois Gaming Board to release new rules and regulations regarding sports betting. The companies are also waiting for the board to start releasing sports betting licenses, which will cost $10 million to obtain. We could see all of this happen after the board’s next meeting, which is scheduled for Thursday, December 19.
The sparkling new sports bar features a massive 47-foot ultra LED video wall with an adjustable screen that can display as many as 27 different sporting events at the same time. There are 14 additional televisions situated throughout the lounge with 32 leather lounge seats and a full-service bar. More than 24 bar seats have their own gambling touch screens, as well. There are 10 86-inch televisions and 4 more 75-inch screens lining the walls.
The new bar occupies the space that formerly housed the Cube nightclub and special events lounge. Casino officials wanted the bar to be ready before regulators issued the updated rules and regulations. Casino officials released renderings of the bar, but photographs are prohibited as of now due to the gaming board’s rules.
There is extra space for 5 betting windows with a separate betting kiosk. Walls on both sides of the bar have been equipped with the proper wiring for the odds boards to be turned on once officials grant the casino the right to start offering sports bets.
Customers Eager for Sports Betting
Corey Wise, the general manager of Rivers Casino, told the Daily Herald, “We want to be prepared and primed once we know what the Illinois regulatory requirements are. We’re ready to go once the state is ready to go.”
Customers are chomping at the bit to be able to place bets in the sparkling new lounge. Wise added that someone played the first slot in the new space less than a minute after it opened for the first time. Another patron inquired about when sports betting will be available shortly thereafter.
In November, Rivers Casino became the first in Illinois to be granted approval from the state’s gaming board to offer land-based gambling. Rivers subsequently installed 115 slot machines throughout the site. The casino, which opened its doors for the first time in 2011 as a riverboat. However, Illinois subsequently struck down the water requirement, which opened up the possibility for 6 new casinos across the state.
There are currently plans to install more slots at the property near the main entrance. The updated law gives Rivers the opportunity to add more slots and table games, and plans to expand the building are currently in development. Wise said it’s still too early to say how large the potential expansion would be, or even where on the existing space it would be located.
However, construction has already gotten underway to add another 750 parking spaces in a new 1,550-space parking garage expansion adjacent to the property. That expansion will cost about $24 million and is due to be completed sometime in the summer of 2020.
Illinois voted to approve the legalization and regulation of sports betting back in June.
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Let it Ride is among the first of the wave of new casino games, starting in the late nineties. It is a simple poker-based game where the player is paid based on his five card hand only. No dealer hand to worry about. The twist is that as the cards are revealed the player has the opportunity to decrease his bet if he doesn't like his cards. As of 2013 Let it Ride is still out there, but its numbers are decreasing.
- Player makes three bets of equal size.
- Dealer gives player three cards.
- Player may pull his first bet back or 'let it ride.'
- Dealer deals the first community card, to be used by all players.
- Player may pull his second back or 'let it ride.'
- Dealer deals the second community card, to be used by all players.
- Player is paid according to the poker value of his five cards, remaining bets, and the posted pay table.
- Side bets are usually available, which are explained below.
The following is the standard pay table most casinos follow. All wins are on a 'to one' basis.
Let it Ride — Standard Pay Table
|Four of a kind||50|
|Three of a kind||3|
|Tens or better||1|
The pay table for this and 15 other known Let it Ride pay tables can be found in my Let it Ride appendix 3.
The following strategy is for the standard pay table.
With three cards you should only 'let it ride' if you have:
- Any paying hand (tens or better, three 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 cards
With four cards you should only 'let it ride' if you have:
- Any paying hand (tens or better, two pair, three 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)
A lot of people have asked me what I mean by 'inside straight', 'outside straight', 'spread 4', and 'spread 5.'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. Spread4 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).
Play Let It Ride for free while learning the strategy.
Aggregate Payout Warning:
The table will probably have a maximum payout. At Casino Niagara in Niagara Falls the maximum aggregate payout is $75,000 per round. As a result the player should not bet more than the maximum payout divided by 3000. Any bet above this quotient will not pay the full odds on a royal flush, thus increasing the house edge.
Let it Ride — Standard Pay Table
|Four of a kind||50||3||150||7,872||0.000151||0.022717|
|Four of a kind||50||2||100||4,608||0.000089||0.008865|
|Four of a kind||50||1||50||0||0.000000||0.000000|
|Three of a kind||3||3||9||364,560||0.007014||0.063122|
|Three of a kind||3||2||6||328,968||0.006329||0.037973|
|Three of a kind||3||1||3||404,712||0.007786||0.023358|
|Tens or better||1||3||3||2,571,636||0.049474||0.148423|
|Tens or better||1||2||2||2,647,560||0.050935||0.101870|
|Tens or better||1||1||1||3,228,804||0.062117||0.062117|
5-Card Bonus Bet
I don't know if this bet even has a name, so I am titling it the '5-Card Bonus Bet.' It is a $1 side bet, which pays based on the poker value of the final five-card hand. This is a sucker bet, that should be avoided. Based on a small sampling of casinos in Las Vegas and Laughlin, the house edge varies from 13.77% (Lady Luck) to 36.52% (New York, New York). Below are some casinos, their payoff table, and their house edge, in order from best to worst. Wins are on a 'for one' basis, meaning the player does not get his original bet back, even on a win.
Let it Ride Side Bet Pay Tables
|Hand||Table 1||Table 2||Table 3||Table 4||Table 5||Table 6||Table 7||Table 8||Table 9|
|Four of a kind||100||100||100||400||400||100||300||300||400|
|Three of a kind||9||4||8||5||5||8||5||5||5|
|Tens or better||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
The following is a list of which casinos have which pay tables based on my small sampling. Unless otherwise stated all casinos are in Las Vegas:
- Table 1: Lady Luck
- Table 2: Las Vegas Club, Freemont, Californian,Plaza, Main Street Station, Ballys, Circus Circus,Hilton, Grand (Biloxi), Beau Rivage (Biloxi), Horseshoe(Tunica), Grand (Tunica)
- Table 3: Golden Gate
- Table 4: Bellagio, Excalibur, Mandalay Bay, Harrah's,Imperial Palace, Paris, Venetian
- Table 5: MGM Grand, Golden Nugget
- Table 6: Colorado Belle (Laughlin), Sky City (New Mexico)
- Table 7: Four Queens, Flamingo Hilton
- Table 8: New York New York
- Table 9: Rivers casino in Pittsburgh, PA
The next table shows the probability and return for every hand under pay table 2 above. The return of 76.27% reflects a house edge of 100.00% - 76.27% = 23.73%. Again, all pays are on a 'for one' basis.
|Four of a kind||100||624||0.000240||0.024010|
|Three of a kind||4||54,912||0.021128||0.084514|
|Tens or better||1||422,400||0.162527||0.162527|
3-Card Bonus Bet
Some casinos offer a side bet based on the value of the player's three cards, similar to the Pair plus bet in Three Card Poker. The main difference is in Let It Ride the bet has a separate win for a 'Mini Royal', defined as a suited ace, king, and queen. The following table table shows the most common pay table for this bet.
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|Three of a kind||30||52||0.002353||0.070588|
The next pay table shows other possible variants of the Three Card Bonus bet.
|Hand||Table 1||Table 2||Table 3||Table 4||Table 5|
|Three of a kind||30||30||30||30||30|
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The only casino I am aware of that offers pay table 5 is the Borgata in Atlantic City (source).
Some casinos add on a side bet known as the 6-Card Bonus. This side bet is found on multiple poker-derivative games, so I created a special page for it. For more information, please see my page on the 6-Card Bonus.
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This is a $5 'red light' progressive side bet that pays $1,000,000 for a royal flush in spades, using the player's five-card hand. For all the rules and analysis, please see my page on the Millionaire Progressive.
Seeing Extra Cards
Although players are not supposed to share information, you can often accidentally see other player cards, or this rule is ignored and players voluntarily show each other their cards. Seeing other cards can make the difference in borderline plays, namely the zero house edge straights listed under the 4-card strategy above. In his book Mastering the Game of Let It Ride, author Stanley Ko offers a strategy for these situations. He doesn't state how much it lowers the house edge, but James Grosjean does in his book Beyond Counting (Exhibit CAA). According to Grosjean, if you can see every player card in a 7-player game, and made perfect use of the information, it would lower the house advantage from 3.51% to 2.34% only.
- Appendix 1: Details on how the strategy and expected return were determined.
- Appendix 2: Details on the Isle of Capri (Black Hawk, Colorado) rules.
- Appendix 3: Analysis of 16 different Let it Ride pay tables.
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