Mississippi Stud is a type of Texas Hold'em poker. It is a moderately new game, which you will not encounter very often. However, it is more prevalent in American casinos, and it certainly does not hurt to know Mississippi Stud.
How to play Mississippi Stud
As we mentioned in the previous paragraph, MS is a variety of poker. It is played with a 52-card poker deck. At the beginning of each round, all players place an ante bet. After that, players are dealt two cards, and three more cards are placed face-down on the table.
Once players have reviewed their cards, they have the option to give up the game or place a bet on the first of the three cards. This bet has a minimum ante bet value and can be up to a maximum of three times.
After the first card is turned over, the player has two options to choose from again. Continue playing or fold. You can continue the game by placing a minimum ante bet and a maximum of three times on the 4th card. Then the second card is turned over, and the situation repeats. Raise or fold.
If a player bets on all three cards, the playing part of the round ends and the payout begin according to this payout:
- 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 pair - 2 to 1
- A pair of jacks and better - 1 to 1
- A pair of sixes to tens - push
So if you managed to get at least a pair of jacks or better out of five cards, you win. The ratios are paid out to the sum of all four bets. So if you have an ante bet of 5, other bets 3x5 and you manage to get four of a kind, you win 800 coins. ((5+5+5+5)x40)
Optimal Strategies for Mississippi Stud
Like any card game, Mississippi Stud has an optimal strategy that pushes the house edge to a minimum. By the way, the advantage of the casino at Mississippi, even using the optimal strategy, is relatively high, around 5%. So it pays to play by the rules. So here is the optimal system created by the wizardofodds.com portal.
- High cards (jack to ace) = 2 points
- Medium cards (6 to 10) = 1 point
- Low cards (2 to 5) = 0 points
- Raise 3x with any pair
- Raise 1x at least with two points
- Raise 1x 6/5 in suit
- Fold for everything else
- Raise 3x with any hand that doesn't lose (pair of 6s or more)
- Raise 3x with a royal flush draw
- Raise 3x with a straight flush draw, no gaps, 5-6-7 or more
- Raise 3x with a straight flush draw, with one gap and at least one high card
- Raise 3x with a straight flush draw, with two gaps and at least two high cards
- Raise 1x with three cards in suit
- Raise 1x with low pair
- Raise 1x with at least three points
- Raise 1x with a straight draw, no gaps, 4-5-6 or more
- Raise 1x with a straight draw, with one gap and two middle cards
- Fold everything else
- Raise 3x with any hand that doesn't lose (pair of 6 or more)
- Raise 3x with four flush cards
- Raise 3x with four cards on the outer straight, 8 or more
- Raise 1x to any other straight draw
- Raise 1x for low pair
- Raise 1x with at least 4 points
- Raise 1x with three middle cards, and if you bet 3 at least once.
- Fold everything else