Oasis Poker is a popular variation of traditional Caribbean Stud Poker, and in fact, as you will soon see, the games are in sync at almost all times, apart from one major difference!
The game is typically found in Eastern Europe and the North most of Africa, and has recently become a popular online casino hit, leaving many players curious to check out this highly exciting, action packed game.
How To Play
Oasis Poker can be a bit intimidating for new players, but once you get the hang of it it’s actually quite simple.
You start by making an ante-bet wager, which acts as your ‘main bet’.
You also have the chance to place a ‘bonus bet’ alongside, although this is optional. (The ante bet is required).
Once you have placed your initial bet, both you and the dealer gets dealt five cards. All of these cards are dealt face down, with the exception of one of the dealers cards.
You may look at your own cards once they have been dealt, but you are not allowed to look at other player’s cards because this would give you an unfair advantage.
Of course, this is not relevant when playing online as there are no other players, but it does mean you can’t play multiple hands at once.
When you’ve evaluated your cards, you are then given the option to switch one of your cards, with the next card in the deck. If you want to do this, you will have to do pay an additional fee, which equals the same amount as your anti-bet.
You do have the option to swap all five of your cards, although this is generally not recommended.
The ‘Betting’ Stage
As there are many different options you can take, there are, subsequently, many different rules, which are outlined below.
First, if you switch all five of your cards, you must raise your bet. But, if you do switch all five, you can fold, although it means sacrificing your wager.
If you fold – at any time – you will lose your ante bet, your raise bet, alongside any side bets you’ve placed, so bear this in mind.
If you decide to raise, the raise MUST be exactly twice the ante bet. For example, if your ante bet was £5, the raise would need to be £10, bring your total wager to £15.
Once this state of play begins, the dealer will turn over his other four cards, and if he has a ace/king or higher, he will qualify.
Also note, the lowest qualifying hand in Oasis Poker would be Ace/King, 4, 3, 2.
If the dealer does not qualify, you’ll receive even money on your ante bet, and the raise bet you placed will ‘push’ – or in other words, be refunded to you.
If the dealer DOES qualify, one of two things will happen: He will beat your hand, and you’ll lose your ante and raise bets…
Or, if you beat his hand, the ante returns even money, and the raise bet will pay the following…
- Royal Flush – 100/1
- Straight Flush – 50/1
- Full House – 7/1
- Flush – 5/1
- Straight – 4/1
- Three of a Kind – 3/1
- Two pair – 2/1
- Any other – 1/1 (even money).
The bonus bet (if you choose to play it), will be paid out dependant on the Poker value of your original hand.