What is Oasis Poker?
This is another variation of caribbean stud poker. The basic rules are the same except for two things. It is not a progressive jackpot game. Second and more importantly, you are allowed to exchange cards in your hand for a price before you decide whether or not to call the dealer.
Oasis poker is mostly found in European and North African casinos as well as online casinos that cater to European players.
How to Play Oasis Poker
As with any casino game, you must put an initial bet down before you receive your hand. After you make this Ante bet, press Deal and you will receive your cards. You will then be dealt 5 cards in a row. The dealer will then deal himself 5 cards afterwards. The dealer will show one of the five cards.
You know have the choice of to swap one or more cards for another one in the deck. Swapping cards cost money, this is money you will not have a chance to win back.
Here is how much it costs to swap cards:
- If you want to draw one card, the fee is the amount you put on the Ante bet.
- If you want to draw two cards, you have to pay two times the Ante.
- If you want to draw three cards, you have to pay three times the Ante.
- If you want to draw four cards, you have to pay two times the Ante
- If you want to draw all five cards, you can. This will cost you the amount you bet on your Ante. However, if you decide to draw all five cards, you must call the bet against the dealer.
Like caribbean stud, the dealer must have Ace/King or higher for the hand to qualify. Any hand you call that the dealer does not qualify for will automatically win you money on your ante bet only. This does not matter if you get high card or a royal flush. If the hand does not qualify, you win the same.
If the dealer's hand does qualify, then you have a chance to win on your Call bet. Just like caribbean stud, you must bet twice the amount you bet on the ante to call the dealer and play the cards.
Oasis Poker Payout Table
If the dealer's hand qualifies and your hand beats his, then you can win a multiplier of your Call bet when you get better hands.
The chart is the same as standard caribbean stud, but here it is anyway:
Royal Flush - 100 to 1 payout,
Straight Flush - 50 to 1 payout,
Four of a Kind - 20 to 1 payout
Full House - 7 to 1 payout, Flush - 5 to 1 payout, Straight - 4 to 1 payout
Three of a Kind - 3 to 1 payout, Two Pairs - 2 to 1 payout, One pair or less - 1 to 1 payout
Oasis Poker Strategy
The biggest strategy that you need to know that hasn't already been covered in the caribbean poker strategy has to do with the switching of cards.
Here are my feelings about switching cards:
- Never swap more than one
card. This costs too much and
you will lose overall if the
dealer's hand does not qualify.
But I can swap out all five for the same price, why shouldn't I do this?
First of all, this means you will automatically have to raise. Best case scenario is that the dealer qualifies and you get lucky and beat him. If you win and the dealer doesn't qualify, then you have paid 1 Ante for the new cards and won 1 ante back, mean you pushed overall.
- Never switch a card when you
have two pairs or three of a
kind. The same reason holds
true. If you get your full house
and the dealer doesn't qualify,
then you have pushed overall on
the hand. Your chance of getting
the full house isn't worth the
risk of pushing the bet.
- You should only switch with
a pair if you have four cards to
a straight flush or royal flush
- The only other times you should switch one card is when you have four to a flush or straight without a pair.