Mississippi stud is a game of wits, unlike most other card games. Success depends a lot on logic and intuition. The gambling game originated in the state of Mississippi and grew to be a favourite in many casinos around the world. The players contribute their bets into one pot and then compete against the house for the winnings.

Common terms used

Community cards: In casinos, it is a set of 3 cards that are dealt at the centre of the table to be shared by all the active players. Each card represents one of the three stages in a round of play.
Pair: A set of two cards dealt with each player in the game.
Raise A player bets on the upcoming card by tripling, doubling, or using the same value as the ante.

Fold: A player opts not to raise, losing their wager.
Flush: A set of cards from the same suit, for example, 3-5-6-7-9 of hearts.
Straight: Five cards that follow each other in rank, regardless of the suit. For example, 3-4-5-6-7 from a mixture of hearts, diamonds, and spades.
Straight draw: A hand with all but one of the cards needed to form a straight (on either side). For example, x-4-5-6-7-x.

How to play

Mississippi stud depends on each player placing a minimum bet, called the ante. Each player is deal with 2 cards, face down. A round consists of three attempts, the 3rd street, 4th street, and the 5th street. You can only do one of two things: fold or raise the ante. Raises can be done at 1x, 2x, or 3x the ante. Making a raise means that you are buying a community card to add to your collection.
Before you decide to throw in your chips, you will evaluate the two cards based on the following values:

● The aces, jacks, kings, and queens are worth 2 points.
● All cards between 6 and 10 are worth 1 point.
● Cards lower than 6 do not have any points.

Most players at casinos employ the following set of reasonable strategies to increase their winning chances:

Playing strategies for the 3rd Street
● Raise your bet by 3x the ante if you have a pair (two cards of the same rank).
● If you have any cards ranging between 6-10, and not a pair, raise your bet once (1x).
● Doubling your bet is usually a bad move and is never considered.

Playing strategies on the 4th street
● Triple your bet if you have a flush.
● Raise your bet once if you have any pair of values lower than 6, or when you have two cards, where one is at least a jack or higher.
● You should also do it once if you have a 3-card flush or you have two cards that need one more to make a flush.
● If you do not have any of the mentioned combinations, fold.

Playing strategies on the 5th street

Once the first two community cards have been revealed, you can play any one of the following strategies on the third card:

● If you have a flush of 4 cards, you can bet on 3x the ante.
● Raise 3x the bet if you have 4 of the 5 cards needed to make a straight.
● Triple the bet if you have a pair of 6’s or higher.
● Raise your bet once if you have a straight draw, a low pair (values less than 6), or at least four points.
● If you have played a 3x raise in the previous draws, ending up with three cards between 6 and 10, raise your bet once.
● Fold anything else outside these combinations.

Your gambling skills are put to the test as you try to minimise the house’s chances of making big wins from your stakes. Remember that success in the game depends on how you play the first bets. Once you are familiar with the game, you can play with other more advanced strategies to improve your winning chances.