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Fast Fours

Introduction

Fast Fours is a video poker variation I noticed at the Hard Rock in Las Vegas on April 5, 2016. It was on an old machine, so I speculate the game has been around for a while and has somehow escaped my notice previously. The humdinger to the game is much like Quick Quads: if the player has a three of a kind hand such as 8-8-8-5-3, and the two singletons add up to the rank of the three of a kind, then it is scored as a four of a kind. As in Quick Quads, aces count as one point and 2-10 as pip value. Unlike Quick Quads, the face cards also play a role. To be specific, a jack counts as 11 points, a queen as 12, and a king as 13. So, a 2JKKK would count as four kings. Another difference is that in Fast Fours the player does not need to bet a sixth coin to invoke the feature. It is paid for by depressing the pay table.



Following are the three pay tables seen at the Hard Rock.



Fast Fours — Double Bonus Poker

Hand Pays Combinations Probability Return
Royal flush 800 497,733,288 0.000025 0.019976
Straight flush 50 2,141,239,068 0.000107 0.005371
Four aces 160 4,136,395,320 0.000208 0.033202
Fast Fours (2-4) 80 15,581,610,864 0.000782 0.062535
Four 2-4 80 8,471,120,400 0.000425 0.033998
Fast Fours (5-K) 20 122,476,913,004 0.006144 0.122887
Four 5-K 20 26,000,100,156 0.001304 0.026087
Full house 9 200,962,875,504 0.010082 0.090736
Flush 5 217,155,955,584 0.010894 0.054471
Straight 4 271,515,814,236 0.013621 0.054485
3 of a kind 2 1,251,386,642,160 0.062779 0.125558
Two pair 1 2,490,122,094,048 0.124923 0.124923
Jacks or better 1 4,238,987,583,816 0.212659 0.212659
Nothing 0 11,083,794,439,752 0.556046 0.000000
Total Return 19,933,230,517,200 1.000000 0.966889




Fast Fours — Bonus Poker

Hand Pays Combinations Probability Return
Royal flush 800 491,002,464 0.000025 0.019706
Straight flush 50 1,892,250,864 0.000095 0.004746
Four aces 80 4,012,286,484 0.000201 0.016103
Fast Fours (2-4) 40 15,191,159,052 0.000762 0.030484
Four 2-4 40 8,491,053,996 0.000426 0.017039
Fast Fours (5-K) 20 122,966,143,680 0.006169 0.123378
Four 5-K 20 26,318,571,744 0.001320 0.026407
Full house 5 205,799,881,968 0.010324 0.051622
Flush 4 199,567,728,492 0.010012 0.040047
Straight 3 208,289,380,848 0.010449 0.031348
3 of a kind 2 1,270,891,183,416 0.063757 0.127515
Two pair 2 2,566,316,660,076 0.128746 0.257491
Jacks or better 1 4,415,002,990,056 0.221490 0.221490
Nothing 0 10,888,000,224,060 0.546224 0.000000
Total Return 19,933,230,517,200 1.000000 0.967376




Fast Fours — Double Double Bonus Poker

Hand Pays Combinations Probability Return
Royal flush 800 504,670,116 0.000025 0.020254
Straight flush 50 2,142,479,448 0.000107 0.005374
Four aces + 2-4 400 1,211,898,744 0.000061 0.024319
Four 2-4 + A-4 160 3,430,215,552 0.000172 0.027534
Four aces + 5-K 160 3,405,827,568 0.000171 0.027338
Fast Fours (2-4) 80 16,101,383,316 0.000808 0.064621
Four 2-4 80 5,096,175,156 0.000256 0.020453
Fast Fours (5-K) 20 122,181,716,340 0.006130 0.122591
Four 5-K 20 25,946,621,916 0.001302 0.026034
Full house 6 185,693,460,024 0.009316 0.055895
Flush 5 218,316,059,556 0.010952 0.054762
Straight 4 270,031,270,116 0.013547 0.054187
3 of a kind 2 1,270,429,705,788 0.063734 0.127469
Two pair 1 2,398,075,255,548 0.120305 0.120305
Jacks or better 1 4,288,366,092,528 0.215137 0.215137
Nothing 0 11,122,297,685,484 0.557978 0.000000
Total Return 19,933,230,517,200 1.000000 0.966272


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