Oasis poker… not to be confused with the popular rock-band, or the bodies of water found in the Sahara!
Oasis Poker is a popular variation of Caribbean Stud Poker, and the games share a lot of characteristics, while still being different enough that they provide a varied playing experience.
How To Play
You begin playing by making what is known as an ‘Ante’ bet. This is your main bet, and is the one you’ll be making decisions around later on.
Before pressing deal, you also have the chance to place what’s known as a bonus bet. This is alongside the Ante bet (separate), and gives you the chance to enjoy additional payouts, and bigger prizes.
Simply select the stake size you want to play, and whether or not you want to play the bonus bet or not, and press deal!
Once the game has begun, you will be given 5 cards by the dealer, who himself, also gets 5 cards.
His cards are all face down, minus one card, which is exposed for you to see.
Look at your cards… evaluate their strength (you’re trying to make a good POKER hand), and decide whether you think you have enough to beat the dealer.
If you don’t (and most of the time this will be the case), you have the option to trade in any number of your cards, in exchange for new ones.
Once you’ve decided which cards you want/trade, the introductory part has finished, and it’s time to start winning!
How To Bet
It can get a little confusing here, so stay focused.
If you think your hand is rubbish, and isn’t worthy of playing on (you need to match your initial wager stake to continue), you can fold there and then. This limits you to potential future loses, but does mean you forfeit the money you’ve already staked.
If you DO like your hand, you then have the option to raise. Now this raise bet needs to be exactly double your initial stake, and this has been known to catch players out on low balances, so make sure you have sufficient funds in your account before hitting the deal button!
Once you’ve confirmed your raise, that’s it – the dealer will then turn over his hand, and you’ll learn whether you’ve won or not!
First off, it’s worth knowing that if the dealer doesn’t manage to qualify, you’ll get your raise bet returned, and your Ante bet paid out at even money.
If the dealer does qualify, it’s simply a case of going head to head. If his hand beats yours, then of course, you lose…
But if you beat him, you get paid out using the following:
- Royal Flush – 100/1
- Straight Flush – 50/1
- Four of a Kind – 20/1
- 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).
You will also be paid out on the bonus bet, but casino websites differ the payouts too much for there to be any general guidance – although the higher-tier hands will pay out very well!