- After two cards, raise three times your bet with any pair, or one time your bet with at least one high card; two middle cards, or consecutive cards 6-5 or better of the same suit.
- After three cards, raise three times your bet with any paying hand of a middle pair or higher; three cards to a royal; three cards to a straight flush, 5-6-7 or higher and no gaps; three cards to a straight flush with one gap if you have at least one high card, and with two gaps with at least two high cards. Raise an amount equal to your bet with three parts of flush; a low pair; two or three high cards; three middle cards; one high card and one middle card; or three parts of a straight, 4-5-6 or higher, with no gaps.
- After four cards, raise 3x with any winning hand; four parts of a flush, or four parts on outside straight, 8 high or better. Raise 1x with any other straight draw; a low pair; at least two high cards; on high cards and two or three middle cards; one high card and two previous 3x raises; three middle cards and at least one previous 3x raise.
- If your handÂ doesn'tÂ make the list, fold.
If youâ??ve been around the casino scene for a couple of decades, chances are you remember table game pits being dominated by four games. Blackjack was the most popular of course, followed by craps, then roulette, and for the high rollers there was baccarat. Well...things have changed and today there is a lot more to choose from. At first, theÂ additionalÂ game options came in the form of college dorm room card games like 'Red Dog' (similar to in-between) where players bet that a third card would rank between the first two dealt. Then can theÂ notorious 'Big Six' wheels, ones that featured different currency denominations in slots on a vertical wheel. However, there was only one poker-based game among the common mix of the time. That was Pai-Gow Poker, and not every casino had it. So what about poker? Back then, the place for poker was in the poker rooms. A big change has come with todayâ??s table pits. Caribbean Stud Poker started a revolution in the 1990's, followed by Let It Ride and Three Card Poker. All are based on stud poker, and all are easy to understand within a few hands of play. Those of us who grew up playing some kind of poker at home have an easy grasp on the ranking of poker hands. We know that two pair beats a pair, and three of a kind beats two pair. And if Three Card Poker throws us a curve with straights that outrank flushes, well, we can adapt to that easily enough. Those three games have been around long enough now to become casino standards. Theyâ??re not as popular as blackjack or craps, but they fill larger niches than Pai-Gow Poker or Sic Bo, and have proven far longer lasting than Red Dog. Once the breakthrough was made, making games available that are easy to understand and easy to deal just made sense to casino operators, game manufacturers and players alike. Shuffle Master, the largest developer and distributor of new table games, has been especially quick to build on the success of poker-based games. One look around a modern casino and you will find poker games are a standard part of the mix, and itâ??s not only that new-era big three of Caribbean Stud, Let It Ride and Three Card Poker. Another generation of games has arrived, building on the success of the originals. You wonâ??t find them in every casino, but donâ??t be surprised to run across Mississippi Stud, Four Card Poker, Crazy 4 Poker, High Five Poker or Texas Holdâ??em Bonus Poker. MISSISSIPPI STUD How to PlayÂ This is a five-card stud poker variation that you start by making an ante. The dealer then gives you two cards face down, and deals three community cards face down. After you look at your cards, you may make a bet of one to three times the ante. Thereâ??s a second round of betting after the first community card is turned face up, and another after the second community card, for a total of three rounds of betting. During each round of wagering, the player may bet one, two or three times the ante, or they may fold the hand. If you go all the way through with 3x bets, you can end up with 10 times your original ante on the table, meaning your $5 ante can turn into $50 in total wagers. If youâ??re playing optimal strategy and betting the max at every opportunity, then most of the time youâ??ll have a winner. After the last card is turned up, bets are paid according to a pay table that starts at getting your money back on a pair of 6s through 10s and tops out a 500-1 on a royal flush. The full pay table: 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 kind 3-1; two pairs 2-1; high pair (Jacks or better) 1-1; middle pair (6s-10s) pushâ??you get your money back. There is no dealer hand to beat; there is no qualifying hand to worry about as with many other stud poker-based games. Youâ??re not going to end up with a great hand only to find youâ??re being paid only on the ante because the dealer didnâ??t have good enough cards. The intrigue and strategy in this game comes solely from knowing when to raise and when to fold. StrategyÂ Never make bets of double the ante. Your viable choices on each round are to bet three times your ante, match your ante or fold. Michael Shackelfordâ??s website, wizardofodds.com, has a complete analysis of the game. There is a fairly lengthy strategy table with a breakdown on what you should do after 2, 3 and 4 cards.