Oasis poker is a variation of 5 card poker. The basic rules of casino poker are described in our Guide section.
BetVoyager features our conventional version of Oasis Poker and a version with no house edge.
The player can play on up to four boxes, but the ‘open’ game can only be conducted on one or two boxes. The bet on the second ‘open’ box cannot be more than on the first box. It is possible to bet on the bonus on any box.
The minimum bet and the maximum payout are clearly stated for each game table, and there is no maximum bet. If you play more than one box, the ante amounts cannot be 5 times more or less than each other.
The player has a right to exchange one card for the price of 1 ANTE or two cards for 1.5 ANTES. If the replacement doesn’t improve the player’s hand, he can fold and lose his ANTE.
The dealer qualifies with an Ace-King or better. If the dealer qualifies, but the player’s combination is higher, the BET is paid according to the standard payout table and the ANTE pays out 1:1. If the dealer doesn’t qualify, the ANTE is paid only.
The player with a combination of Three-of-a-Kind or better can insure himself against the dealer getting a non-qualifying hand. The size of the insurance bet can be anywhere from 1 ANTE up to the prospective payout for the BET.
Before the cards are dealt, the player chooses which boxes he wants to play on and makes his ANTE. In addition to this basic bet on the box (or instead of it), the player can also make a bonus bet. With this bet, the player is betting that there will be a high poker combination (Three-of-a-Kind or better) in his original hand.
When playing on several boxes, the first two boxes with ANTES are considered ‘open’ and the remaining boxes are ‘blind’. The restrictions associated with a ‘blind’ game are described in paragraph 14. The bet on the second ‘open’ box cannot be more than the bet on the first one. The larger bet is always played first, regardless of it’s position on the table.
Each table indicates the minimum ANTE and the maximum payout on it. The maximum payout on both the basic bet and the bonus bet is the same, and the player can receive the maximum win for both bets at once. The minimum bonus bet is defined by the cheapest chip allowed at the table.
Each box has the following three figures: a square, an ellipse, and a rectangle. The ANTE is placed on the ellipse and the bonus bet is placed on the square. The square is also used for insurance bets (paragraph 10). The BET is placed on the rectangle (see paragraphs 8, 9).
To make a bet, it is first necessary to choose a chip with the desired face-value. At the beginning of the game, this chip is chosen by default, and the chip with the minimum face-value fixes itself onto the cursor. If the player wants a chip with a different face-value, he can select it by clicking on that chip with the cursor. The player can also use the scroll wheel on his mouse to change the chip’s value. After the chip is selected, the player can place a bet by clicking the mouse on the desired part of the game table and his bet will appear there. Each subsequent click adds another chip of the selected face-value to the bet. If the player wants to remove the last chip from his bet, he can remove the chip fixed onto the cursor by clicking the cursor on any empty part of the game window and then clicking on this bet.
The "Clear" button can be pressed to remove all the bets from the table. If the player wishes to repeat his bets from the previous hand, he can press the "Rebet" button. The "Deal" button will begin the game after all bets have been made.
When dealing, the dealer places his final card face-up. After that, succesive play on boxes begins. The cards on the first box are revealed, after which the result of the bonus bet is determined. The payouts for this bet are given in table 1.
After looking at his cards, the player has three options:
- exchange one or two cards (he must first select the unwanted cards with the cursor and then press the "Draw" button)
- raise the bet, i.e. place the BET equal to twice the ANTE (the "Bet" button)
- fold and lose the ANTE (the "Fold" button).
The cost of replacing one card is equal to 1 ANTE, and the cost of replacing two cards is 1.5 ANTES. After making a replacement, the player has two options:
- raise the bet (the "Bet" button)
- fold and lose the ANTE (the "Fold" button).
Before raising the bet (see paragraphs 8, 9), the player can insure himself against the dealer getting a non-qualifying hand. The player can do this if he has a hand of Three-of-a-Kind or better. With this bet, the player is betting that the dealer will not qualify. The minimum size of the insurance is the ANTE, and the maximum is the prospective payout for the BET. Insurance cannot exceed the maximum payout of the table. As with the bonus bet, the chips used for insurance are placed on the square.
When the final decision has been made on all the boxes, the dealer reveals his cards. On those boxes where insurance was purchased, the result is determined by the following:
- If the dealer doesn't qualify, the insurance pays out 1:1
- If the dealer is qualifies, the player loses the insurance. However, if the dealer’s combination is higher than the player's one, the insurance is considered unplayed and is returned to the player.
After the dealer reveals his cards, final results are determined. If the dealer doesn’t qualify, all of the ANTES are paid 1:1 and the BETS are not paid.
If the dealer qualifies, his combination is compared to the ones on the boxes remaining in the game. If the dealer has a higher combination, the player loses the ANTE and BET. If the player’s combination is equal to the dealer’s one, the game ends in a draw and the ANTE and BET are returned to the player. If the player has the higher combination, the ANTE is paid out 1:1, and the payout for the BET is determined according to table 1.
In a ‘blind’ game, the player’s opportunities are limited. He cannot fold or replace his cards. Raising the bet is obligatory, and the BET is automatically added to the ANTE. As usual, the BET is equal to twice the ANTE.
Cards dealt to ‘blind’ boxes are revealed after the player has made his final decisions on the ‘open’ boxes. As in the ‘open’ game, the player is allowed to:
- make a bonus bet
- purchase insurance.
During the hand, the player can receive promptings that remind him about the game’s rules. Players can cancel these promptings by using the settings.
For players' convenience, any changes made to the settings will be saved in the parameters of the player's browser. If the player finishes the game session and then opens a new one, his settings will be automatically restored.
Table 1. Payout for the BET and the Bonus Bet
|Four of a Kind||20:1||200:1|
|Three of a Kind||3:1||25:1|
Oasis Poker with No House Edge features a slightly different payout scheme. It can be viewed in the game window. Please note that the casino doesn’t have any advantage on the ante wager, but it retains its advantage for any bets on the bonus.