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    Mississippi Stud Poker: The Basics

    Mississippi Stud Poker is a popular table game known throughout the world but is especially popular in casinos surrounding the state it's named after. While it won't take you very long to learn how to play Mississippi Stud Poker, it will take some time to develop and remember strategies.

    Mississippi Stud Poker is played on traditional card tables, and is similar to Texas Hold'em, but has its own unique twists. The game begins with each player making an ante wager. After players ante up, they are each dealt two cards, face down. The dealer then will put three community cards face down in the middle of the table. These will be revealed at a later time. Players can either fold at this point or continue to play. However if they decide to continue to play, they must wager three times their original ante bet to complete the hand and collect their winnings.

    If the players decide to keep playing after seeing their original cards, they must wager in the table's first circle called “Third Street.” The wager must equal the ante, though it can be up to three times the amount of the ante bet. This is when the dealer shows the first community card. Now that the remaining players can see the community card, they can both fold and lose the money that they've bet thus far, or they can wager again, up to three times their original ante bet. If the players continue to play, their wagers are placed in the “Fourth Street” circle on the table. That’s when the dealer reveals the second community card.

    Once the second community card has been revealed, players can fold and lose all the money that they have bet or they can once again bet up to three times the original ante bet. If they decide to wager again, the money is placed in a circle on the table known as “Fifth Street.” This ends the chance to wager for the current hand. Now, the dealer reveals the final community card.

    A player who has either a five card hand or at minimum of a pair of six's will not be a loser. Any pair of cards six through ten represents a push whereby the player wins back all of his wagers that he made throughout the entire hand. He then starts the next hand out with a new ante bet. Players with five card hands can win big money, especially if their hands are of the "higher" sort. The highest payout is a Royal Flush at 500 to 1. A Straight Flush comes next at 100 to 1. Four of a kind pays 40 to 1. A full house provides 10 to 1. A flush is 6 to 1. A straight is 4 to 1. Three of a kind is 3 to 1. Two pairs is 2 to 1. A pair of jacks or higher is a 1 to 1 payout.

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