Getting Started Right With Oasis Poker
May 2, 2014
There are a lot of different types of casino poker games out there, but Oasis Poker is probably the single one that incorporates the most aspects of casino poker strategy. While most games require you to either play the option for a draw, evaluate the cards that are in your hand, or evaluate some of the cards that the dealer holds, Oasis Poker forces you to do all three. If you're a fan of Caribbean Stud, then you'll enjoy Oasis Poker because it's a more complicated version of Caribbean Stud that adds a discarding option that changes up the strategies quite a bit.
Here's how this game works. First off, you place an ante bet, and you're dealt five cards. The dealer is also dealt five cards with one card turned with the face up. At this point in the game, you have the option to discard one of your cards for a fee that's equal to the amount of your ante, and you can't win this fee back. You should only draw one if you have four to a straight flush (or royal), four to a flush draw, or four to an eight-out straight draw. You shouldn't break up pairs for flush or straight draws, but you should for straight-flush or royal flush draws. Never draw more than one card, and only draw in the situations we just listed.
After you decide to draw or not, you have to make another strategic decision, and that's to either fold and give up your ante and all chances of winning the hand, or raise and try to beat the dealer. Raising means you put up another bet that's worth two times the size of your ante, and you can win a return on this bet. Deciding when to raise or fold is fairly simple in most cases, but there are some complicated situations that can come up.
First off, you're going to always raise if you have a pair or better. If your hand is ace-queen high or worse, then you're always going to fold because the dealer needs ace-king high to qualify. If you have exactly ace-king high, then what you have to do is use your remaining three cards and the dealer's up card to decide if you should raise or fold. Always raise if the dealer's up card matches one of yours since that makes it harder for him to have a pair.