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How to Play Mississippi Stud

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Learning how to play Mississippi Stud doesn't take more than a few minutes, but memorizing the strategy the keep the house edge below 5 percent will take a bit longer. Not surprisingly, this game is very popular in Mississippi casinos. In fact, half of the casinos in Biloxi offer the game (5 of 10 casinos).

Mississippi Stud is a table game played like a shortened version of Texas hold'em - because each player is dealt two cards to start. Shuffle Master (now SHFL entertainment) considers it a "specialty game," and that's fine. Players will find that it's easy to play. Maybe it should be considered an upside down Let-it-Ride game.

How to Play

Each player makes an ante bet and is dealt two cards, face down. These cards are supposed to be kept secret from other players because it really helps make decisions if you see your own cards in other players hands (you are likely to fold). After this, the dealer places three community cards face down on the layout and players decide whether to continue playing or fold their hand. Players need to remember that at a minimum, they will need to bet 3x their ante bet to finish the hand and be paid on winners, or will need to fold.

After looking at their cards, players may fold and wait for the next hand to be dealt, or they can make a wager in the first circle marked "3rd Street." This bet may be 1x, 2x,or 3x the ante bet. The dealer will then expose the first community card.

After seeing the first new card each player will again have a chance to fold and lose all their wagers, or place a bet of 1x, 2x, or 3x their ante bet in the "4th Street" circle, regardless of what they wagered on the first spot. The dealer will then expose the second community card.

After seeing the second new card each player will have a final chance to fold and lose all their wagers, or place a bet of 1x, 2x, or 3x their ante bet in the "5th Street" circle. At this point all wagering is finished for this hand and the dealer will expose the third and final community car.

If the player has a final 5-card hand of at least a pair of 6's, they will not lose. A pair of 6's through 10's is a push and the player keeps all their wagers and begins the next hand with an ante bet. Higher 5-card hands have higher payoffs.

Payout Table
  • Royal Flush 500 to 1
  • Straight Flush 100 to 1
  • Four of a Kind 40 to 1
  • Full House 10 to 1
  • Flush 6 to 1
  • Straight 4 to 1
  • Three of a Kind 3 to 1
  • Two Pairs 2 to 1
  • Pair of Jacks or Better 1 to 1
  • Pair of 6s thru 10s Push
Strategy

Like Let-It-Ride, you have a chance to make three decisions on what to risk from your chip stack. Before seeing the community cards you'll look at your first two cards and make a decision of whether to raise or fold. If you have any pair you'll want to increase your chance of making a big hand and getting a substantial payoff, so raise 3x your ante. If you hold a face card or ace, raise 1x. If you hold a likely push hand (two cards from 6 to 10, but not a pair) you should raise 1x. Fold all other hands.

After seeing the first community card, raise 3x with any straight flush draw and any pair of 6's or higher. Raise 1x with any three suited cards, any small pair (below 6's), at least two cards Jack or higher, any three cards 6-10, any three consecutive cards, any two consecutive cards where the 3rd card could make a flush. Fold all other cards.

After seeing the second community card, raise 3x with any hand that already pays or pushes, any four-flush or four-straight that's consecutive (such as 4,5,6,7). All other hands will be raise 1x or fold. The hands you want to continue with are: any four straight cards, any small pair(below 6's), any two face or ace cards, any hand where you already have at least 5 bets (five times your ante in total bets) out and can make a push or better.

Remember that this isn't a game like blackjack where you have a single bet. The real key to this game is playing correctly on your first two cards, because any mistake is compounded by later raises. Don't go on hunches and get trapped adding raises on a hand that is big dog to even turn into a push.

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