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Quick Squads Video Poker

International Game Technology released in 2008 Quick Squads, a new popular video poker game variation that is sprouting across casinos in the US. This adds one more game to IGTs growing list of video poker variations which includes classics as Multi-Strike Poker and Spin Poker.

Quick Squads plays pretty much the same as regular video poker except that you must wager 6 coins per hand in order to get the special Quick Squads feature activated. The special feature turns 3-of-a-kinds into 4-of-a-kinds when the sum of the extra two cards in the three-of-a-kind matches the face value of the trios cards. So, for example, when you have three 8s with a 5 and 3 (888-53) then the hand pays out as a 4-of-a-kind by turning the 5 and 3 into the fourth 8.

The special Quick Squads feature doubles the rate of 4-of-a-kinds appearing on a normal video poker game. It only applies for 3-of-a-kinds of 2s through 10s. The face cards (J,Q,K) do not count as valid kickers for the bonus feature; Aces have a value of one.

Depending on the machines configuration, Quick Squads may be available for single hand, or multi hand versions in Triple Play, Five Play or Ten Play. The following draw poker games are available in Quick Squads version:

Each game has a different payback % but it ranges between 97.72% on the low side to 99.87% for the top paying Triple Bonus Plus Poker. All the Quick Squads games have higher payback rates than their normal versions. To get the highest payback rates there is a special strategy to apply for this game which will be shown further below.

How to Play Quick Squads Poker

Quick Squads Poker Video Poker The rules for Quick Squads poker are similar to other video poker games. Just make sure to bet 6 coins per hand to ensure getting the special feature:

Single Hand 6 credits

Triple Play - 18 credits

Five Play 30 credits

Ten Play 60 credits

The easiest way to bet the maximum credits each time is by pressing the Bet Max button which will set 6 credits on each hand and deal the cards for your initial hand. IGTs Quick Squad machine is normally provided in multi-denominational form for nickel, quarter, fifty-cent and dollar. Play a denomination you feel comfortable playing for at least 100 hands in a row.

As other multi-hand games, the player first gets dealt 5 cards for a main hand. After selecting which cards to hold, the held cards will be duplicated on the other hands. By pressing the Draw button a separate deck will deal new cards (minus the discarded cards of the initial hand) to each participating hand.

Wins are made according to the games paytable, for example, Jacks or Better

Quick Squads Jacks or Better
Poker Hands Coin 1 Coin 2 Coin 3 Coin 4 Coin 5 Coin 6
Royal Flush 250  500  750  1000  4000  4000 
Straight Flush 50 100 150 200 250 250
4 of a Kind 25 50 75 100 125 236
Full House 9 18 27 36 45 45
Flush 6 12 18 24 30 30
Straight 4 8 12 16 20 20
3 of a Kind 3 6 9 12 15 15
Two Pair 2 4 6 8 10 10
Jacks or Better

There are a few things worth noticing here. First of all, the player must be aware that betting 6 coins on each hand will deliver the same payout as a 5-coin bet for all hands except the four-of-a-kind. This will result in getting less than the wager amount for any paying pair. However, the game still has a superior payback rate when compared to the normal version of Jacks or Better. The Quick Squads version pays out 99.61% while the normal Full-Pay version is 99.54% when played with optimal strategy. This is partly due to the payout of the four-of-a-kind which has nearly been doubled on Quick Squads version of Jacks or Better.

Tips and Strategy for Quick Squads Poker

It has been suggested over and over throughout the internet that the best way to take advantage of the Quick Squad feature is by holding a kicker card with a three-of-a-kind if it will help you. For example, if you have been dealt three 5s and a 2 and Queen (5-5-5-2-Q), hold the 5s with the 2. By doing this you have 4 cards within the deck that can complete the Quick Squad four-of-a-kind: the 3s.

This rule should not be followed for pairs; never hold 8-8-2-6 for example. The chance of getting another eight is very slight.

According to a Bob Dancer article there is a further strategy to apply. Always check which of the two kickers is most convenient for holding along with the trio. Never hold a kicker that is half the size of the trios card value. For example, if you get 6-6-6-3-4, never hold the 3 since you will only have three 3s left in the deck. If you hold the 4 with the 6s, you have four 2s in the deck to help you complete the Quick Squad four-of-a-kind. Another reason it is better to hold a kicker that is not half the value of the trios cards is because of the full house. If you hold 6-6-6-3, there are no cards that will help you complete the Full House. If you are lucky to get the 3, you will earn the Quick Squad four-of-a-kind but there wont be extra cards to help you complete a Full House. If you hold 6-6-6-4, you will have four 2s for the Quick Squads four-of-a-kind and three 4s to complete a Full House. This increases the payback rates for any of the Quick Squads games.