I generally play video poker with quality pay tables. I occasionally drift from that plan. When I do, I usually play Ultimate X. The exception to that is when I’m at Red Rock where there is a wide variety of unique video poker variants. This includes a game called “Dream Card.”
Dream Card is a simple game. It is typically spread in a three and five-hand format. Like Ultimate X, there is a five-coin fee per hand to trigger the bonus feature. The Dream Card occurs about one-third of the time, depending on the game. Otherwise, it plays like a normal multi-hand video poker game.
A Dream Card bonus hand starts with four cards being dealt. The machine then chooses the best card to fit in the fifth spot. This is known as the “Dream Card.” For example, a player dealt two pair in the first four cards will have a full house with the Dream Card. A player dealt trips will have quads. Four to a royal flush on the first four cards ends up with a royal flush.
The Dream Card ends up in all played hands. If the Dream Card completes a winner, the machine will yell, “Dream Card winner!”
The Dream Card machines have been known to occasionally give a card that is not the best one. Should this happen, there are arrows on the Dream Card to change it to whatever you want it to be.
Here are some examples of Dream Card winners from a fun past session. Note the Dream Card logo on the fifth card in most of the images. This shows that the hands was made on the bonus feature and not dealt naturally.
Here is a video of drawing to four aces on Double Double Bonus:
Where to Find Dream Card
There are six Dream Card machines at Red Rock. Two are between the players club and sportsbook bar. These have $.05, $.10, $.25, $.50 and $1 denominations. Two other machines are between the cashier cage and high limit slots with $.25, $.50, $1 and $2 denominations. Two Dream Card machines in high limit have $1, $2 and $5 denominations.
There is a difference in pay tables between the nickel and dime denominations and the higher ones. The $.05 and $.10 pay tables tend to have a return around 97%. The $.25 and higher returns are in the 99% percent.
Videopoker.com notes that Dream Card is also available at Aliante Casino, Bally’s, Bellagio, Circus Circus, Cosmopolitan, Gold Coast, M Resort, Mandalay Bay, Mirage, Orleans, Plaza, Rampart, Santa Fe Station and Silverton. Check the pay tables on the games as they vary from one machine to another. Many do not offer the better pay table for higher denominations like Red Rock does.