A quiet room beyond The Casino @ Dania Beach main slot floor has electronic craps, roulette and (rarely seen in Broward) baccarat, flanked by about 50 video poker machines. Most are the multi-use Game King models, but the casino also has Super Hand Poker, a new game released by IGT currently offered only at Dania.
The game is a twist on video poker. Players who max bet five coins (easy to do because denominations are 5, 10 and 25 cents) across three pay lines are dealt five cards, formatted with pay tables from their favorite video poker game. Super Hand offers Jacks or Better, Double Bonus, Double Bonus, Bonus Deluxe, Triple Double Bonus and Deuces Wild.
Players then pick one of the hands to play — i.e., decide what to throw away and what to keep. The machine then draws to that optimal hand you’ve chosen. I tried it, and enjoyed having three shots at turning my two pair into a full house, for example, and the one time I was dealt three of a kind, got three shots at hitting quads. (Alas, they all missed.) WizardOfOdds.com puts Super Hand at a 95 percent-plus payback, when played with correct strategy.
Dania officials caution, though, that there’s only one machine currently at the casino. So it might be occupied. The game likely will be offered soon at other casinos.