Russian Poker is a relatively new game that is based on Oasis Poker. A 52-card standard deck without jokers in used to play against the house, represented by the dealer. It is allowed to use the table for Stud Poker, Oasis Poker, and some other types of poker.
Aim of the Game
The aim of the game is to collect a higher-ranking hand compared to the dealer, or win if he does not have at least the lowest-ranking hand.
Hands and Payouts
Standard poker hands are valid in Russian Poker. Their list is available below. The hands are provided in descending order:
- Royal flush - 100:1
- Straight flush - 50:1
- Four of a kind - 20:1
- Full house - 7:1
- Flush - 5:1
- Straight - 4:1
- Three of a kind - 3:1
- Two pairs - 2:1
- Pair - 1:1
- Ace/King - 1:1.
Payouts for hands in Russian Poker are made if the dealer has any of the hands mentioned above, in case of making a bet. The ante is not paid in this case. For example, the player's hand is 4, 4, 4, 8, 2 (three of a kind), and the bet size is $20. The payout is: 20*2 (for a bet)*3 (a multiplier for a three of a kind) = $120.
The main difference of Russian Poker from other similar versions is the opportunity to collect two hands. These hands may consist of community cards. However at least one of the cards of the first hand should not be involved in the formation of the second one.
For example, the player draws a sixth card and collects 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 of different suits. This means that he or she has two straights: eight-high straight and nine-high straight.
Some situations with two hands may be treated in different ways at various casinos. For example, the player draws a sixth card and collects 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 8 of different suits. Some establishments may treat this situation as two eight-high straights. However the others may pay only for a pair of eights and one straight.
Differences in the interpretation of two hands are also observed in other cases, so we recommend that users should clarify the nuances of the rules directly at casinos.
Comparison of Hands
Comparison of poker hands in Russian Poker occurs in accordance with the standard poker rules. However there are some differences. More detailed information about the rules for comparing the hands can be found in the article about the rules for Oasis Poker.
Before the beginning of each round, all players who want to participate in it make an ante. The croupier deals five cards to all the participants. One of his cards is placed face up.
Players evaluate the rank of their cards and make their decisions. If the player does not want to continue playing, he folds and loses his ante. If the player is satisfied with his cards, he makes a bet that is equal to two antes, and waits for the showdown and comparison of hands. The player also has the opportunity to exchange any number of cards, paying for it the amount that is equal to one ante. After the exchange of cards, he may either fold or make a bet. The player can purchase a sixth card for one ante. This creates the probability of the formation of two hands.
As soon as all players have made their bets or folded, the dealer reveals his cards and compares the hands. If the dealer does not have a hand at all, he pays for antes of all active participants in the 1:1 ratio. If any hand is present, and its rank is higher than the rank of the hand of the player, the latter loses the ante and bet. If the dealer's hand is lower in rank that the player's hand, payouts are made in accordance with the paytable. If two hands have been collected, the player receives payouts for each of them in accordance with the rules of casinos.
Insurance. If the player collects a three of a kind (or straight at some casinos) or better, the player can insure it against a situation in which the dealer has no hand. For this purpose, the user should make a bet in the amount of one ante before the dealer reveals his cards. If the dealer's cards have no hand, the player will receive the payout for the ante and insurance (1 to 1). If the dealer has a hand, insurance loses, and hands are compared in a standard way.
Purchase of hands. If the dealer does not have a hand and the player has collected a high-ranking hand, he or she can try to purchase a hand for one ante. The dealer discards his lowest-ranking card and draws a new one. If a hand is formed, it is compared with the player's hand. If the dealer has no hand, the player's ante is not paid.
Russian Poker is traditionally played on up to four boxes. Every player faces up cards only on one box. However at some casinos users can play on several boxes (two face up and the others face down). The maximum number of participants reaches six.
Bonus bets, which are used to win the jackpot, are similar to those that are available in Oasis Poker. However there are no universal rules in this respect, so the details should be clarified directly at casinos.
The strategy for Russian Poker is quite complex, so it will be considered in a separate article on the portal Casinoz.