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Oasis Poker Review

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Overview


This game is provided by Slotty Vegas




Oasis Poker is a casino poker game (meaning that players bet against the banker rather than playing against each other) and is played with a single standard deck of 52 cards.

The player starts by placing an Ante wager then the dealer will deal out 5 cards to both the player and themselves. All of the player’s cards will be visible but only one of the dealer’s cards will be. The player is then given the choice to replace cards, Call or Fold the hand losing their Ante bet. If the player wants to replace cards, for each card that they want to replace they will be charged an amount equal to their Ante wager. To be clear, this charge is NOT a bet and will not be returned even if the player wins. It is a fee to get extra cards. Before or after replacing cards the player can choose to Call or Fold. If the player chooses to Call they will have to place an additional bet equal to twice the size of their Ante bet. Once the player has Called – the only option to continue the hand – the dealer’s face down cards are revealed and the player and dealer compare hands.

It first part of the hand comparison is to see whether the dealer qualifies. To qualify the dealer needs to have a hand of Ace/King or better. If the dealer does not qualify the player wins even if they have a weaker hand than the dealer and the Ante bet will be paid at 1 to 1 while the Call bet will be returned. If the dealer qualifies and the player has the stronger hand, the Ante bet is paid at 1 to 1 and the Call bet is paid based on the hand received and by the below paytable;

Hand Payout
Royal Flush 100 to 1
Straight Flush 50 to 1
4 of a Kind 20 to 1
Full House 7 to 1
Flush 5 to 1
Straight 4 to 1
3 of a Kind 3 to 1
2 Pairs 2 to 1
Pair 1 to 1
Ace/King or Better 1 to 1

The optimum strategy for Oasis Poker comes in two parts; discard decisions and playing decisions.

The discard decisions are relatively straight forward. Due to the high price to exchange a card you should only change in the small number of situations where a new card is likely to substantially increase your win. You should change a card in the following situations;

  1. If you hold 4 to a Royal Flush or 4 to a Straight Flush and the 5th card does not complete a Flush or a Straight.
  2. If you hold 4 to a Flush with no Pairs.
  3. If you hold 4 to a Straight with no gaps and 2 cards that could complete the Straight and no Pairs.

This strategy can be improved on slightly. For further information see http://poggstrategies.com/oasis-poker/.

The playing decisions are far more complex and the strategy is more than the vast majority of player will ever have time to learn. We would advise using our Oasis Poker Strategy Calculator to help you.

The House Edge of Oasis Poker – when considered across all wagers rather than only on the Ante bet and assuming you are using optimum strategy – is 0.47%. This is competitively low for most table games offered online today.

Oasis Poker sometimes offers a side bet simply called ‘Jackpot’. This is a Progressive Jackpot bet (the jackpot amount gets higher with ever bet placed by players that does not win the jackpot). While this bet can get high enough to be favourable to the player, we’d strongly recommend players avoid this bet. It’s very unusual for the jackpot to get high enough to be player favourable and the vast majority of the time the House Edge on this bet is FAR higher than any other casino game.

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