Mississippi Stud Poker

How to Play

Mississippi Stud Poker is a five-card poker game that utilizes a Designated Player. As in other games featuring a Designated Player, the players play against another player who will collect all losings and pay all winnings to the extent that their wager covers. Players will compare their hand to the Designated Players hand and must beat the Designated Player and to win.

The designated player/ Dealer Button rotates on a hand-by-hand basis unless there are no eligible designated players or the eligible designated player waives their turn.

Type of gaming table utilized for this game:

Mississippi Stud Poker shall be played on a standard table having seven places for the players and the Designated Player. The layout for a Mississippi Stud Poker table shall have wagering areas for seven players.

The wagering areas for each player shall be designated as follows:

  1. For Ante wagers, the word “Ante;”
  2. For 3rd Street wagers, the word “3rd Street;”
  3. For 4th Street wagers, the words “4th Street;”
  4. For 5th Street wagers, the words “5th Street;” and

The layout for a Mississippi Stud Poker table shall also have three separate designated areas in front of the dealer for the placement of the community cards, with one area inscribed “3rd Street,” a second area inscribed “4th Street,” and a third area inscribed 5th Street.”

Number of players in the game:

A maximum of seven betting spots will be on the layout.

Type of card deck used:
  1. Shuffling Machine: Cards used to play Mississippi Stud Poker shall be dealt from a single deck automatic card shuffling device (‘shuffler’) or hand shuffled per house policy.
  2. Physical Characteristics: Cards used to play Mississippi Stud Poker shall be in standard decks of 52 cards. No jokers shall be utilized.
  3. Number of Decks: Cards used to play Mississippi Stud Poker shall be played with two alternating decks, each consisting of a standard 52-card deck.
Ranking of Hands:
  1. All suits of cards shall have the same rank.
  2. Cards shall rank, from highest to lowest, as follows: 
    A .Ace, king, queen, jack, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, and 2. An ace may be used to complete a “straight flush or a “straight” formed with a 2, 3, 4, and 5 or 10, jack, queen, king. An ace may not be used with any other sequence of cards to form a “straight” (e.g. queen, king, ace, 2, 3).
  3. Hands of cards shall rank, from highest to lowest, as follows:

5-Card Hand Dealt - Hand Requirements

Royal Flush - A hand that consists of an ace, king, queen, jack, and 10 of the same suit.

Straight Flush - A hand that consists of five cards of the same suit in consecutive ranking except for a royal flush as defined above.

Four of a Kind - A hand that consists of four cards of the same rank.

Full House -  A hand that consists of a three of a kind and a pair.

Flush - A hand that consists of five cards of the same suit, but that are not in consecutive ranking.

Straight - A hand that consists of five cards that are in consecutive ranking, but that are not the same suit.

Three of a Kind - A hand that consists of three cards of the same rank.

Two Pairs - A hand that consist of two pairs.

Pair - A hand that consists of two cards of the same rank.

Betting scheme:
  1. All wagers in Mississippi Stud Poker shall be made by placing gaming chips on the appropriate betting areas of the table layout keeping in mind the table minimum and maximum wagering limits.
  2. All wagers shall be placed prior to the dealer announcing, "no more bets.”
  3. At the beginning of each round of play, each player shall be required to place an Ante wager. Each player will have the option to place 3rd, 4th, and 5th street wagers after inspecting their hand, which must be equal to one, two or three times the amount of the player’s Ante wager.
Dealing procedures:
  1. Immediately prior to the commencement of play and after each round of play has been completed, the dealer shall shuffle the cards by use of a shuffle machine or hand shuffle so that the cards are randomly intermixed. Upon completion of the shuffle, the shuffling device shall dispense the cards in stacks. The first stack dispensed shall contain three cards and all remaining stacks shall contain two cards.
  2. The dealer shall wait for each player to place their Ante wagers. After each player has had the opportunity to place his/her, the dealer will announce, “no more bets.”
  3. The dealer shall deliver the first stack of 3 cards face-down in the designated area in front of the house dealer. This stack of cards shall serve as the community cards and will be spread from the dealers left to right.
  4. The dealer shall then deliver a second stack, containing two cards, dispensed by the shuffler, face-down, to the player farthest to his/her left who has placed a wager. As the remaining stacks of two cards are dispensed by the shuffler, the dealer shall deliver a stack in turn to each of the other players who have placed a wager and the Designated Player, moving clockwise around the table. The dealer shall deliver each stack face-down.
  5. After each stack of two cards has been dispensed and placed in front of the players, the dealer shall remove the remaining cards from the automated shuffler.
  6. After the stacks have been delivered to each player and the community cards have been dealt, the dealer shall place the remaining cards into the discard rack without exposing the cards.
Round of Play:
  1. After the dealing procedures above have been completed but before the dealer exposes the community cards, each player shall examine his/ her cards. The Designated Player will not make any wagers during the course of any hand.
  2. Each player who wagers in Mississippi Stud Poker shall be responsible for his/ her own hand and no person other than the player or the dealer shall touch the cards of that player. Each player shall be required to keep his/ her two cards in full view of the dealer at all times.
  3. After examination of the cards, each player who has placed an Ante wager shall have the option to either make a 3rd Street wager in an amount equal to one, two, or three times the amount of his/her Ante wager or fold and forfeit the Ante wager and end his or her participation in the round of play. The dealer shall offer this option to each player, starting with the player farthest to the left of the dealer and move clockwise around the table in order.
  4. After each player has either placed a wager on the table in the 3rd Street wager area or forfeited his/ her wager and hand, the dealer shall collect all forfeited wagers and associated cards, placing them in the discard rack. 
  5. After all decisions have been made regarding the 3rd Street wager, the dealer shall then turn over and reveal the first community card (the community card located to the house dealer’s farthest left).
  6. Each player shall then either place a 4th Street wager in an amount equal to one, two, or three times the amount of the player’s Ante wager or fold and forfeit the Ante and 3rd Street wagers and end his or her participation in the round of play. The dealer shall offer this option to each player, starting with the player farthest to the left of the dealer and move clockwise around the table in order. 
  7. After each player has either placed a wager on the table in the 4th Street wager area or forfeited his/ her wager and hand, the dealer shall collect all forfeited wagers and associated cards, placing them in the discard rack.
  8. After all decisions have been made regarding the 4th Street wager, the dealer shall then turn over and reveal the second community card (the community card located in the center of the three community cards).
  9. Each player shall then either place a 5th Street wager in an amount equal to one, two, or three times the amount of the player’s Ante wager or fold and forfeit the Ante, 3rd Street, and 4th Street wagers and end his or her participation in the round of play. The dealer shall offer this option to each player, starting with the player farthest to the left of the dealer and move clockwise around the table in order. 
  10. After all decisions have been made regarding the 5th Street wager, the dealer shall then turn over and reveal the third community card (the community card located to the house dealer’s farthest right).
  11. The Designated Player shall then turn over their hand and the dealer will announce the best possible five-card poker hand that can be formed using the Designated Players two cards and the three community cards. The Designated Player must qualify with a pair of Jacks or better. If the Designated Player does not meet the minimum criteria of a pair of Jacks or better all Ante bets are returned to the player and all remaining Street Bets will be paid according to posted payout structure.
  12. Then starting with the player to the farthest right of the dealer proceeding in a counterclockwise manner around the table comparing the players hand to the Designated Players hand. The wagers of each remaining player shall be resolved one player at a time regardless if the Designated Player has a qualifying hand . The hand of the player shall then be immediately collected by the dealer and placed in the discard rack
  13. If the player and the Designated Player have the same hand and qualify all bets will push. 
  14. If the hand of the player is a push (a pair of twos, threes, fours, fives, sixes, sevens, eights, nines, or tens),the player shall not lose or collect on the wager, the Designated Player shall not collect or pay the wagers, but the dealer shall immediately collect the cards of that player.
  15. All winning wagers shall be paid in accordance with the payout odds listed in the paytable if the players hand beats the Designated Players hand and is listed on the paytable. All hands below a pair will lose.
  16. Players that fold prior to the third community card being revealed shall have their wagers collected immediately. No action button is utilized. The action on payouts shall begin with the player to the farthest right of the dealer and continue counterclockwise. All other wagers will be settled in the following order from player to player: the Ante wager, then the 3rd Street wager, then the 4th Street wager, and then the 5th Street wager. Once the Designated Player’s wager has been exhausted, the wagers not covered by the Designated Player will be returned to the players. All winning wagers for the 3rd, 4th, and 5th Street wagers and paid the same odds payouts based on the paytable. 
  17. The Designated Player shall be offered continuously and systematically in a clockwise manner around the table every hand. The Designated Player shall collect all the losing wagers, pay all winning wagers. Once the Designated Player’s wager has been exhausted, the wagers not covered by the Designated Player shall be returned to the respective players. The cardroom operator does not participate in the actual play of the game and has no interest in the outcome of the play.
  18. Winning Ante, 3rd Street, 4th Street, and 5th Street wagers will be paid as follows:
Hand - Paytable
  • Royal Flush - 500 to 1
  • Straight Flush - 100 to 1
  • Four of a Kind - 40 to 1
  • Full House - 10 to 1
  • Flush - 6 to 1
  • Straight - 5 to 1
  • Three of a Kind - 4 to 1
  • Two Pair - 2 to 1
  • Pair of Jacks or better - 1 to 1
  • Pair of 2s to 10s - Push

Max aggregated payout per betting circle is $50,000.00

Bets will not be stacked up to payout if any bet exceeds $20,000 payout on any betting circle.

Last Updated: 9/27/2018