Mississippi Stud Strategies
Success in Mississippi Stud is all about keeping the house advantage below 5%. Because hands are short and play is generally fast-paced, it is important to memorize some basic strategy before getting started. In this article, we present a quick overview of some of the most commonly accepted betting and playing practices in Mississippi Stud that will increase your odds of a good payout.
In most cases, players should be prepared to wager at least three times what they put down as their initial ante. Because Mississippi Stud has three betting stages, your odds of pushing or paying out change as the game progresses. Here are some recommendations for what to do at each step:
- Before seeing the first community card: If you draw a pair, the odds of getting a payout are in your favor. Feel free to make a substantial raise, possibly as much as three times your initial amount. If you draw an ace, a face card or a hand containing two numbers between six and 10, go ahead and raise, but do so more conservatively. In all other cases, fold.
- After seeing one community card: Each community card that is revealed will affect your probability of getting a payout. Raise aggressively if you have a hand that can push, such as any pair of sixes or higher. Make a more conservative bet if you have three cards of the same suit, a pair below six, three cards between six and ten, two or more face cards or aces, three consecutive cards or two consecutive cards that have the potential to form a flush.
- After seeing two community cards: Once the second community card has been revealed, bet aggressively if you have a hand that will pay out or push. With anything close, such as four straight cards or a pair below six, either fold or raise conservatively.
How to Play Mississippi Stud
Mississippi Stud is easy to learn and is based on Five Card Stud Poker. Players do not compete against the dealer. They win if their hands meet or beat a pair of Jacks and earn money based on a payout table. The best payout, for a Royal Flush, equals 500 to 1. A Royal Flush pays on all bets.
Players ante up before they receive their first two cards. The dealer places three community cards in the middle of the table, face down. After the players look at their first two cards, they may fold – and lose their ante – or they may make an additional wager of one to three times their ante.
The dealer turns over the first community card. The players may make an additional bet, following the same one-to-three times the ante rule. They may also fold. Once the players place their bets, the dealer turns the second community card, and the players repeat the process. After the dealer turns over the last community card, he settles all of the bets. Anyone who folds loses their original ante plus the following bets.
Any player who beats a pair of Jacks with their five-card hand – their two original cards plus the three community cards – wins according to the payout table. Some hands do not win.
The Mississippi Stud Payout Schedule
A Royal Flush pays 500 to 1.
A Straight Flush pays 100 to 1.
A Four-of-a-Kind pays 40 to 1.
A Full House pays 10 to 1.
A Straight pays 4 to 1.
A Three-of-a-Kind pays 3 to 1.
Two pair pays 2 to 1.
A pair of Jacks or better pays 1 to 1.
A pair of 6s or 10s is a push.
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