Under optimal Barona strategy the house edge is 3.7591%.

Mississippi Stud is a poker-based table game by Shuffle Master. Wins are based only on the player's final five card hand.

It can be played in several Mississippi casinos, as well as a few other states. The skill is in deciding how much to raise, or fold, as the cards are revealed.

The following graphic version of my strategy was created and used with permission by Ray A. The following table shows number of combinations, probability, and contribution to the return of every possible hand and sequence of bets. On average, the player will bet 3.59 units per hand.

The ratio of the expected loss to total amount bet, what I call the "element of risk," is 4.91%/3.59 = 1.37%.

The following tables show the expected value of raising one unit and three units on all possible starting hands.

The player should make the play with the higher expected value.

If both are less than -1, then the player should fold.

I have an unconfirmed report that the Barona casino in San Diego pays 5 to 1 on a straight, instead of the usual 4.

I have some minor disagreements with the report, but it was helpful in my analysis.

Joseph Kisenwether, for providing the strategy posted here, and for correcting an earlier mistake in my analysis.

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