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Mississippi Stud is one of those games that feels complicated at first, but once you learn it’s dead simple. Mississippi Stud is just poker, so if you know how poker hands operate you’ll pick it up quickly.


To begin, players start by making an ante-bet. This bet is placed in front of the player on a designated circle on the table. From here players are all dealt two cards face down and the dealer places 3 cards face down in the middle of the table. The player’s goal is to make a poker hand with their 2 cards, and the 3 dealer cards that is better than a pair of 6s.

After the cards are dealt the first round of betting begins with all 3 of the dealer cards still face down. Players can bet up to 3 times their original ante bet by placing it on the spot marked “3rd Street” on the table. If the player doesn’t like their cards they can fold, but a player must at least bet the same amount as their ante bet to continue playing the hand.

When players have either folded or made their wager the dealer will reveal the first card. The players then go through another round of betting by placing their wager on the spot marked “4th Street”. Again, if they don’t like their hand they can fold and forfeit their entire wager. Once the second round of betting has finished, the second dealer card is revealed and the betting process repeats. After the 3rd card has been revealed the winnings hands will be paid out according to the scale below. Payouts may differ between casinos.

Royal Flush500 to 1
Straight Flush100 to 1
Four of a Kind40 to 1
Full House10 to 1
Flush6 to 1
Straight4 to 1
Three-of-a-Kind3 to 1
Two Pair2 to 1
Pair of Jacks or Better 1 to 1
Pair of 6s-10sPush 
Less than a Pair of 6s Lose 

3-Card Bonus

Beyond the original ante bet and the betting rounds, players can make a side bet before the hand begins. This side bet is exclusively on what 3 cards the dealer will have. The side bet is unaffected by the player’s hand, so even if they fold or lose their bet will still be active until the end of the round. If one of the outcomes below happens the player wins and is paid out accordingly.

Mini Royal50 to 1
Straight Flush40 to 1
Three-of-a-Kind 30 to 1
Straight6 to 1
Flush4 to 1
Pair1 to 1


Mississippi Stud is primarily an exercise in patience. As an example, if a player is dealt a 4 and 10 off-suit the best strategy is to fold. This is because the player would solely rely on the dealer’s cards to win, at best they could hit a pair of 10s with their hand pushing the bet. In this scenario, it’s best to cut the losses early and move to the next hand.

A player should be looking for Jacks or better in their hand, or cards that can form a straight or flush. If a player was dealt an Ace and Jack, they should start out betting their ante amount to stay in the hand. If the dealer were to flip another Ace the player should triple their ante amount for the next two betting stages because they’ve already won.

Patience is key here, wait for strong cards, and bet hard when you have a hand that at least pushes.

Mitchell Lebrun

Mitchell Lebrun is the head of content at EatWatchGamble, working directly with our team of writers to ensure EWG is the ultimate casino resource. Mitchell is an Oregon State grad and avid NBA fan.

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