Stories from the Casino Floor: Mississippi Stud Newbie

 Stories from the Casino Floor: Mississippi Stud Newbie

Players frequently tell me stories about big wins, ask questions about how the games work, or to point out unusual things they see in casinos.

In the case of a reader named Melinda, she just wanted to share how nice people had been at her table, and how that helped her win at Mississippi Stud.

“Usually, I play some slots and some blackjack, but the blackjack tables were full and I felt like playing cards. There were seats at a Mississippi Stud table and players looked like they were having a good time, so I gave it a try.

“I said straight out I was a beginner, and Jerry, the dealer, talked me through how to bet. The other player helped too. One guy said that if I played a lot of blackjack, I wouldn’t have any trouble with Mississippi Stud. It was a lot easier than blackjack.

“I kind of fumbled through a few hands, and then I was dealt a pair of 8s. It was just a push hand, so I thought I’d only bet one times my ante. The man next to me could see my cards and he said, ‘You want to bet three times there.’ I said, ‘I do?’ and he said, ‘Yeah, you can’t lose anything, might as well see if you can draw a winner.’

Jerry the dealer knew just what was happening, and he jumped in. ‘Pair of 6s to 10s?’  he asked. I nodded, and he said, ‘You want to get your chips out there.’

So I did. I bet three times my ante, and when the first of the common cards was another 8, I about fainted. I wound up with my ante and three three-times bets, and I won 3-1 payoffs on them all. That was $300!

I thanked everyone, because I wouldn’t have won as much without all the help. I tipped Jerry and knew I was going to have a winning session, thanks to the advice from everyone.

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