In most poker based online casino games players have to make very simple choices. They are hardly challenged. So if you are not afraid of making difficult decisions and are willing to stake additional amounts for larger gains, you should look for a game called Oasis Poker. It is from the leading games supplier NetEnt. At Australian online casinos like Casino Mate you will find it listed under Table Games. The essence of Oasis Poker is that you replace cards from your dealt hand for an additional cost.
The game begins in the usual manner. You place the ante wager and will be dealt five cards face up. The dealer is dealt one card face up and four cards face down. Based on the cards that you can see you have to decide how many cards you want to replace. You can replace all five or retain all five or any number in between. Normally this decision is based only on the basis of the likelihood of getting the best final hand, but in Oasis Poker you also have to factor in the cost of replacement.
There is no cost for not replacing any cards. The cost of replacing one card or five cards is equal to the ante bet. The cost of replacing two cards or four cards is twice the ante bet. Replacing three cards costs three times the ante bet. You click on the cards that you want to change and then click the Draw button to confirm the change. After seeing the replaced cards you have to decide whether to fold or call. The exception to this is that if you change all five cards then the call bet is mandatory. If you fold, then you lose the ante bet and the cost of replacement and the game as well. If you call, then you place a bet equal to twice the ante. The rest of the dealer’s cards are turned over.
The first thing that is checked is whether the dealer qualifies with a hand of ace/king or higher. If the dealer does not qualify then you are paid even money on the ante bet and the call bet pushes. If the dealer qualifies then the hands are compared according to the usual poker hand rankings. If the dealer has the higher ranked hand then you lose both bets. If you have the higher ranked hand then the ante bet will pay even money and the call bet will pay according to the Call Pay Table. The payouts do not take into account the amounts paid in replacing the cards.