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Last Updated: July 20, 2018

Dream Card Poker

Introduction

Dream Card Poker is the same thing as conventional Draw Poker with Dream Card, with two main differences:

  • There are three hands dealt behind the scenes from three separate decks. The expected value will be calculated of each, and the player is given the best one as his hand on the deal. The other ten cards are placed back in the deck.
  • The Dream Card probability is less, ranging from about 11% to 17%. This probability is applied to each of the three hands dealt behind the scenes.
  • Sometimes the base pay table is bumped up when making a maximum ten-coin bet per line.

If you aren't familiar with regular Draw Poker with Dream Card, it is based on conventional video poker with a Dream Card feature enabled if the player bets ten coins per hand. Any winnings are based on a five-coin bet, so the additional five coins should be seen as a fee to invoke the feature. If the feature is enabled, then the game will randomly decide to at times to give the player four random cards and one Dream Card. The Dream Card acts like a wild card, turning into whatever card would be best for the player on the deal. If the player doesn't like the one chosen, he can manually change it to any of the 48 cards remaining in the deck. The game is supposed to choose the card resulting in the highest expected value. Once the player presses the "deal" button, the Dream Card is fixed at the default or whatever the player changed it to. It can't change to something else after the draw, like a normal wild card.

Super Dream Card is always based on 3-, 5-, or 10-play video poker.

Summary Table

The following tables show the probability for each possible outcome and contribution to the return. The return for each event is the product of the probability, win, and 0.5. The reason for dividing by two is that the win is based on only half the bet, the other half is lost as a fee to invoke the feature.

Return Summary for Jacks or Better Based Games

Game Full House Flush Straight Dream Card Return
Double Double Bonus 9 5 4 13.90% 0.980033
Double Double Bonus 8 5 4 14.00% 0.974385
Double Double Bonus 7 5 4 14.00% 0.965616
Double Double Bonus 6 5 4 14.00% 0.957420
Triple Double Bonus 9 6 4 11.50% 0.987971
Triple Double Bonus 9 5 4 11.40% 0.977054
Triple Double Bonus 8 5 4 11.40% 0.969431
Triple Double Bonus 7 5 4 11.30% 0.957537
Bonus 9 7 5 17.30% 0.985968
Bonus 8 7 5 17.30% 0.975246
Bonus 8 7 5 17.05% 0.969105
Double Bonus 9 6 5 15.70% 0.985548
Double Bonus 9 6 4 15.70% 0.975586
Double Bonus 9 5 4 15.60% 0.965907
Double Bonus 8 5 4 15.60% 0.956312
Jacks or Better 11 8 6 17.55% 0.984896
Jacks or Better 10 8 6 17.50% 0.973340
Jacks or Better 9 8 6 17.50% 0.963001
Jacks or Better 9 7 6 17.50% 0.954193
Bonus Poker Deluxe 8 6 4 14.50% 0.987212
Bonus Poker Deluxe 8 5 4 14.40% 0.977812
Bonus Poker Deluxe 7 5 4 14.40% 0.967865
Bonus Poker Deluxe 6 5 4 14.30% 0.956652

The following table shows the returns for Deuces Wild games. The pay tables can be differentiated by the wins on a wild royal, straight flush, and five of a kind.

Return Summary for Deuces Wild

Game Wild Royal Five of a Kind Straight Flush Full House Flush Dream Card Return
Deuces Wild 30 16 16 6 3 16.00% 0.983903
Deuces Wild 30 19 15 5 3 16.00% 0.974863
Deuces Wild 30 15 10 6 4 16.00% 0.962555
Deuces Wild 25 18 12 5 4 16.00% 0.957994

The following table shows the returns for Deuces Wild Bonus games. The pay tables can be mostly differentiated by the wins on a straight flush, flush, and straight. However, the pay tables for the top two returns are the same and differ only by the Dream Card probability changes.

Return Summary for Deuces Wild Bonus

Game Five of a Kind Flush Straight Dream Card Return
Deuces Wild Bonus 12 4 4 15.80% 0.984465
Deuces Wild Bonus 12 4 4 15.50% 0.976863
Deuces Wild Bonus 14 5 2 15.20% 0.967650
Deuces Wild Bonus 12 5 2 15.10% 0.957450

Return Tables

The following tables show the probability for each possible outcome and contribution to the return. The return for each event is the produce of the probability, win, and 0.5. The reason for dividing by two is that the win is based on only half the bet, the other half is lost as a fee to invoke the feature.

In the interests of brevity, only the most liberal pay table for each type of base game is shown.

Double Double Bonus — 9/5/4 — 13.9%

Hand Pays Probability Return
Royal Flush 800 0.000113 0.045097
Straight Flush 50 0.000420 0.010509
Four A's + Any 2,3 or 4 400 0.000303 0.060660
Four 2's,3's,4's + Any A,2,3,4 160 0.000780 0.062373
Four Aces 160 0.000668 0.053465
Four 2's,3's,4's 80 0.001606 0.064245
Four 5's Through K's 50 0.006316 0.157896
Full House 9 0.018305 0.082371
Flush 5 0.012035 0.030087
Straight 4 0.018061 0.036122
Three of a Kind 3 0.146267 0.219401
Two Pair 1 0.110815 0.055407
Jacks or Better 1 0.204802 0.102401
Loser 0 0.479510 0.000000
Total 1.000000 0.980033


Triple Double Bonus — 9/6 — 11.5%

Hand Pays Probability Return
Royal Flush 800 0.000099 0.039403
Straight Flush 50 0.000372 0.009290
Four A's + Any 2,3 or 4 800 0.000311 0.124280
Four 2's,3's,4's + Any A,2,3,4 400 0.000822 0.164397
Four Aces 160 0.000443 0.035406
Four 2's,3's,4's 80 0.001064 0.042562
Four 5's Through K's 50 0.005441 0.136026
Full House 9 0.015231 0.068538
Flush 6 0.014421 0.043264
Straight 4 0.017740 0.035479
Three of a Kind 2 0.133930 0.133930
Two Pair 1 0.111203 0.055601
Jacks or Better 1 0.199594 0.099797
Loser 0 0.499332 0.000000
Total 1.000000 0.987971

Bonus — 9/7/5 — 17.3%

Hand Pays Probability Return
Royal Flush 800 0.000130 0.052102
Straight Flush 50 0.000499 0.012486
Four Aces 80 0.001079 0.043170
Four 2's,3's,4's 40 0.002813 0.056269
Four 5's Through K's 25 0.007401 0.092513
Full House 9 0.021444 0.096498
Flush 7 0.015471 0.054148
Straight 5 0.019328 0.048320
Three of a Kind 4 0.159781 0.319562
Two Pair 2 0.111835 0.111835
Jacks or Better 1 0.198127 0.099064
Loser 0 0.462090 0.000000
Total 1.000000 0.985968

Double Bonus — 9/6/5 — 15.7%

Hand Pays Probability Return
Royal Flush 800 0.000125 0.050051
Straight Flush 50 0.000464 0.011612
Four Aces 160 0.001058 0.084610
Four 2's,3's,4's 80 0.002624 0.104947
Four 5's Through K's 50 0.006852 0.171288
Full House 9 0.019080 0.085860
Flush 6 0.013665 0.040996
Straight 5 0.020953 0.052382
Three of a Kind 3 0.153006 0.229509
Two Pair 1 0.107240 0.053620
Jacks or Better 1 0.201345 0.100673
Loser 0 0.473588 0.000000
Total 1.000000 0.985548

Jacks or Better — 11/8/6 — 17.55%

Hand Pays Probability Return
Royal Flush 800 0.000133 0.053211
Straight Flush 50 0.000513 0.012819
Four of a Kind 25 0.010969 0.137108
Full House 11 0.020789 0.114341
Flush 8 0.018906 0.075623
Straight 6 0.030860 0.092581
Three of a Kind 4 0.150159 0.300318
Two Pair 2 0.107821 0.107821
Jacks or Better 1 0.182143 0.091072
Loser 0 0.477706 0.000000
Total 1.000000 0.984896

Bonus Poker Deluxe — 8/6 — — 14.5%

Hand Pays Probability Return
Royal Flush 800 0.000114 0.045744
Straight Flush 50 0.000432 0.010808
Four of a Kind 80 0.009926 0.397055
Full House 8 0.019956 0.079823
Flush 6 0.012155 0.036465
Straight 4 0.018142 0.036285
Three of a Kind 3 0.147613 0.221420
Two Pair 1 0.114898 0.057449
Jacks or Better 1 0.204326 0.102163
Loser 0 0.472437 0.000000
Total 1.000000 0.987212

Deuces Wild — 30/16/16 — 16.0%

Hand Pays Probability Return
Royal Flush No Deuces 800 0.000123 0.049366
Four Deuces 200 0.001084 0.108354
Royal Flush With Deuce 30 0.004085 0.061269
Five of a Kind 16 0.006219 0.049752
Straight Flush 16 0.011194 0.089553
Four of a Kind 6 0.101294 0.303881
Full House 6 0.027504 0.082511
Flush 3 0.024588 0.036882
Straight 2 0.059131 0.059131
Three of a Kind 1 0.286409 0.143204
Loser 0 0.478371 0.000000
Total 1.000000 0.983903

Deuces Wild Bonus — 12/4 — 15.8%

Hand Pays Probability Return
Royal Flush No Deuces 800 0.000123 0.049397
Four Deuces + One Ace 400 0.000167 0.033470
Four Deuces 200 0.000832 0.083200
Royal Flush With Deuce 30 0.004408 0.066118
Five Aces 80 0.000890 0.035600
Five 3's, 4's, 5's 40 0.001752 0.035037
Five 6's Through K's 20 0.004493 0.044927
Straight Flush 12 0.007770 0.046621
Four of a Kind 6 0.102013 0.306038
Full House 4 0.026756 0.053513
Flush 4 0.031900 0.063800
Straight 1 0.038832 0.019416
Three of a Kind 1 0.294655 0.147328
Loser 0 0.485408 0.000000
Total 1.000000 0.984465

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Written by: Michael Shackleford

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