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Ultimate 4 of a Kind Bonus Poker

International Game Technology

Ultimate 4 of a Kind Bonus Poker

This is one of IGT’s new six-coin video poker games. Games in this series offer an added bonus for four-of-a-kind hands in exchange for the extra coin ante. All bonus payments are funded through the ante wager, so the bonus has no effect on the game’s hold.

Ultimate 4 of a Kind Bonus Poker combines the Bonus Poker genre with a pick-a-tile bonus feature like you would find in a regular video slot game. The game is available in all the normal Bonus Poker variations.

With the extra wager, any four-of-a-kind hand pays the full pay table amount and then launches a second-screen bonus round. Fifty-three cards appear face-down on the screen—a full deck plus a Joker. The player is prompted to pick from the cards, the goal being to match the four-of-a-kind hand for bonus awards. The number of picks depends on the rank of the initiating quad hand: four Fives through Kings earn one pick; four Twos, Threes or Fours get two picks; four Aces get three picks. A dealt four of a kind gets these plus an extra pick.

The player then touches the screen, trying to match the four-of-a-kind value. For fives through Kings, the award is 200 credits for a match; for Twos, Threes or Fours, 300 credits; for Aces, 400 credits. If you match your cards more than once, the bonus amounts accumulate.

If you reveal the Joker, the total bonus jumps to 3,996 credits and the bonus ends. Along with the payout for the initial quad hand, that means picking the Joker gives you a payout higher than the royal flush. On Double Double Bonus, four Aces and a kicker with a bonus Joker yields 5,996 credits—almost $1,500 on the quarter version of the game.

Manufacturer: International Game Technology
Platform: Game King
Format: Four-of-a-kind bonus video poker
Denominations: All denominations available
Max Bet: 6
Top Award: 3,996 plus four-of-a-kind jackpot
Hit Frequency: 45%
Theoretical Hold: Various

 

CORRECTION:

In our review of IGT’s “Ultimate 4 of a Kind Bonus Poker” in the “New Game Review” section of our August issue, we incorrectly stated the process by which a bonus is added to four-of-a-kind hands as involving matching cards.
With a six-coin wager, Ultimate 4 of a Kind Bonus Poker awards bonuses to four-of-a-kind hands as follows:
When a player lands four of a kind, the screen displays a face-down, 52-card deck plus a Joker. The player gets one pick of a card with four 5s through Kings; two picks for four 2s, 3s or 4s; or three picks for four Aces. If the quad hand is dealt, the player gets a bonus pick. When picks are made, any card valued at 5 through King lands a $50 bonus; a 2, 3 or 4 pays a $75 bonus; an Ace pays a $100 bonus. If the Joker is picked in the bonus round, it pays $999. The bonus payments are accumulated and added to the normal jackpot for the four-of-a-kind hand.
Global Gaming Business strives to provide the most accurate and up-to-date information for the gaming industry, and therefore apologizes for the error and regrets any harm the inaccuracy may have caused to Gaming Partners International.
Frank Legato is editor of Global Gaming Business magazine. He has been writing on gaming topics since 1984, when he launched and served as editor of Casino Gaming magazine. Legato, a nationally recognized expert on slot machines, has served as editor and reporter for a variety of gaming publications, including Public Gaming, IGWB, Casino Journal, Casino Player, Strictly Slots and Atlantic City Insider. He has an B.A. in journalism and an M.A. in communications from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. He is the author of the books, How To Win Millions Playing Slot Machines... Or Lose Trying, and Atlantic City: In Living Color.  

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