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Best Strategies for Mississippi Stud Poker

The old poker maxim that you have to know when to hold 'em and know when to fold 'em is much more than a cliché when it comes to Mississippi Stud Poker. It's what the strategy for the game is all about.

Play opens with an ante, then each player receives two cards face down and three community cards are dealt face down at the center of the table.

By
John Grochowski
July 13, 2020

Mississippi Stud Poker Hole-Card Play

Many APs preach that the book “Beyond Counting” by James Grosjean contains everything you need if you just know how to find it.  They say that you must simply “read everything.” Mississippi Stud (MS) is a good example.  The most common hole-card to see in MS is the flop card, yet at first this strategy appears missing from Beyond Counting. After giving hole-card strategy for seeing the turn card, Grosjean states the following about flop-hole-card strategy: “This [turn] strategy is way off for the [flop] game, so you’ll have to work out your own there.” I did.

By
Eliot Jacobson Ph.D.
August 8, 2012

Ultimate Texas Hold'em Goof

In a discussion of Ultimate Texas Hold'em (UTH), I read the following:

I found a venue that will allow a 4x bet on the flop. Surely there is some sort of edge there?

By
Eliot Jacobson Ph.D.
March 3, 2016

Mississippi Stud Poker Hole-Card Play: Update #1

In this post,  I presented flop-hole-card strategy for Mississippi Stud (MS). At the time, I stated that the most common hole-card to see in MS is the flop card. After watching the game at several casinos, I was not so sure. Then I read a message board post at wizardofvegas, stating:

"Yesterday, I got to play with a Mississippi Stud dealer consistently flashing the river. SCORE!"

This post presents river-hole-card strategy for MS.

By
Eliot Jacobson Ph.D.
November 18, 2012

Edge Sorting Mississippi Stud, Update #1

In this post, I gave details about edge sorting Mississippi Stud (MS) by considering the sort where Jacks are oriented in one direction, while non-Jacks are oriented in the opposite direction. The question arises if there is an improvement over the Jack/non-Jack sort? Can the AP do better than 39.489%?

By
Eliot Jacobson Ph.D.
June 14, 2013

Casino Card Games: Which One Has the Best Odds?

Card games have always been favorites among casino players, and blackjack has led the way as the most popular table game for more than 50 years.

Which turn of the cards gives you the best odds to win? Let’s take a look at half a dozen games from two standpoints: the house edge and how much opportunity the games give players to improve their chances of beating the house.

By
John Grochowski
May 24, 2017