Mississippi Stud Poker

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pair acesMississippi Stud is unsurprisingly a version of poker largely associated with that state but it’s slowly gaining popularity in the United States perhaps because of it’s simplicity combined with a requirement for a sensible betting strategy. Rather like video poker, the aim is to achieve a certain hand (see the payout table below).

Stud poker is a poker variant in which there are usually no draw cards or community cards but there is a community card element here – the cards you are dealt are the ones which determine your hand. Hands are ranked according to standard high poker rankings although pairs of 6 – 10s result in a push (and a returned stake); lower pairs lose.

Mississippi Stud is played with an ante and all subsequent bets are based on that ante..

Mississippi Stud Rules

After each player has placed an ante, the dealer distributes two cards face down to each player and three face down in the centre the table.

There’s now a betting round begun by the player to the left of the dealer and he/she may do one of the following:

  • Fold – discard the card
  • Raise – increase the bet by one to three times the ante

Now one of the community cards is turned over and another betting round follows; this is followed by the second and then the third community card turned over and two more betting rounds based on the ante.

The five cards now on show comprises your final hand so you will be paid out if you are a winner; losers forfeit the accumulated bet.

The real skill with Mississippi Stud is judging when to fold, when to continue and when to increase your bets.


  • Royal Flush – 500/1
  • Straight Flush – 100/1
  • Four Of A Kind – 40/1
  • Full House – 10/1
  • Flush – 6/1
  • Straight – 4/1
  • Three Of A Kind – 3/1
  • Two Pair – 2/1
  • Jacks Or Better – 1/1
  • Pairs of 6s to 10s – Push