When to Max Bet: Quick Hit Machines
One of the important things to understand about slot payback is when max betting is a crucial part of the decision to play a game. For some games, if you’re choosing to not max bet, you’re making a decision to not accept the full payback opportunity of the game, and you might be accepting a lower payback percentage at your bet level.
One such machine, which has a long and fabled history, is the Quick Hit line of games. In this article we’ll briefly discuss the Quick Hit mechanic, and then why max betting is generally the recommended advice. We’ll also share with you how you can tell if a Quick Hit machine won’t penalize your for not max betting.
An Introduction to Quick Hit
Quick Hit is a classic Bally’s slot machine mechanic that has among the symbols on any given game a Quick Hit symbol. Landing more Quick Hit symbols is better.
Most Quick Hit machines have Quick Hit symbols in a 1-2-3-2-1 configuration, allowing for a maximum of nine Quick Hit symbols, which would trigger the top Quick Hit progressive jackpot.
On most Quick Hit games there’s 5 reels, and the Quick Hit symbols are arranged in a 1-2-3-2-1 configuration so you can land up to nine Quick Hit symbols on a single spin. (While a couple of games deviate from this, generally speaking the Quick Hit Pro machines being the exception, the vast majority follow these rules, whether mechanical reel or video.)
Landing three Quick Hit symbols generally earns your bet back, four symbols is 3-5x your bet and starting at five symbols you qualify for a jackpot. There are jackpots for each level from five to nine Quick Hit symbols, which each jackpot being progressively bigger. Generally the nine Quick Hit symbols jackpot is the biggest (although there are some games, such as Quick Hit Platinum, where there’s a jackpot over the top of that).
Why Quick Hit is Generally a Max Bet Game
The jackpots are generally why Quick Hit is considered a game you should always max bet. The five progressive jackpot increment at every bet level, across one or a bank of machines depending on the configuration, but you can only win the jackpots if you bet the maximum bet, which can vary based on the game type and the casino’s configuration of the game. The starting jackpots are generally proportional to the max bet, so higher max bets mean higher jackpots.
If you bet less than the max bet, the payout is equivalent to a percentage of the starting progressive jackpot amount, but without the extra bonus the progressives provide at max bet. Here’s an example, using the picture above, which was from a $1.50 Quick Hit 5-physical-reel machine:
- Five Quick Hit symbols pays 10x the bet on any bet below max bet. So a 30 cent bet would pay $3 for five Quick Hit symbols, 60 cents would have $6, etc. However, if betting the max bet of $1.50, the win would be $18.11, which is a $3.11 additional premium over the $15 that would be the normal 10x pay. That’s a 20 percent premium in this example. The progressive jackpot would then reset to $15 and begin incrementing again.
- Six Quick Hit symbols pays 50x the bet on any bet below max bet. So a 30 cent bet would pay $15 for six Quick Hit symbols, 60 cents would pay $30, etc. However, when max betting $1.50, the win here would b3 $88.65 (which was my win, hence the light border around the frame). This is higher than the $75 following the same rules as before, about an 18% premium. It would then reset the progressive jackpot to $75 and count up again.
This pattern repeats for all five jackpots, and so when max betting there’s a premium earned whenever five or more Quick Hit symbols appear.
When Max Betting is Not Required
So now that we know that Quick Hit has max bet jackpots, why would you not max bet and get that premium? Because sometimes casinos turn that premium off. This is most frequently seen in markets where the bigger casino chains operate, such as Las Vegas and Atlantic City, but I did see it at MGM Springfield in Massachusetts too.
In those instances, the top box will show fixed jackpots that don’t progress. So that five Quick Hit jackpot doesn’t budget from its $15 starting point, the six Quick Hits at $75, if we stick with the example game pictured earlier.
At that point, the payouts are identical proportionally to your bet as the other levels – there’s no longer a premium for betting the maximum on this game. So you should no longer feel obligated to play the game at that level should you not want to.
…or Should You Play Them At All?
But what you might want to do is look around to see if the same game, with progressive jackpots, or other Quick Hits with the same bet ranges, are around with progressive jackpots.
While you can’t know what the payback percentages are on a given game, it’s possible that the payback percentages will be lower on the fixed jackpot versions, as they’ve turned off the progressives, which contributed to the payback percentage. It’s possible that they’ve set some machines to higher paybacks with no jackpots vs. lower paybacks with jackpots on the same floor. But that is not a guarantee and so choosing a machine with fixed progressives is rolling the dice that they’re making up for it on the line hits.
In every instance where I saw fixed progressives, not all machines had that setup, even at the same bet level. So it’s always worth doing a bit of machine comparison shopping.
Do you have a favorite Quick Hit game? Have you ever hit one of the bigger Quick Hit progressives? Share your experiences below!
When to Max Bet: Quick Hit Machines One of the important things to understand about slot payback is when max betting is a crucial part of the decision to play a game. For some games, if you’re
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The ‘Quick Hits’ format is found across a range of Bally designed games. As well as a variety of fun features, these games offer instant and sometimes huge wins with the ‘quick hit’ scatter symbol. These symbols can appear multiple times across any of the reels, and the more you hit the more you win.
This series of slot machines started back when games were mechanical. There are 3 reel and 5-reel mechanical versions around in live casino today.
These days the most popular Quick Hits slots include: Quick Hits Las Vegas, Quick Hits Black Gold and Quick Hits Pro. More recently, this format has been given exotic Asian and Pacific Island theme – and had extra bonus features including multiplied wins added.
You will find multiple Quick Hits slot machines in live casinos around Michigan. Some versions are also available at online casinos in Michigan, including Bet MGM Casino and BetRivers Online Casino. This review uses the popular ‘Quick Hits Platinum’ variation.
How Quick Hits slots work
Quick Hits Platinum is a five-reel slot featuring traditional symbols such as blazing red sevens, bells, cherries, wilds, and bars. This game features a total of 30 win-lines that pay from left to right. Bets start at 30c.
The highest paying symbol in the game is the wild which is worth 2,500 coins when lining up the maximum five in a row. As the wild this will also substitute for any other symbols in the game apart from the bonus and the quick hit symbols. The pay table, in order, also features triple sevens, double sevens, single sevens, 5 Bar, Bar, bell and cherry symbols. You will also win smaller prizes when you land a combination of the sevens or the bar symbols.
How to win on a Quick Hits slot machine
The Quick Hit symbols can appear anywhere on each of the five reels. Any time you hit a minimum of three in any position, you win a prize. That minimum three is worth 1x your stake, while four symbols boost this to 5x your stake.
The maximum 5 or more symbols will win you a progressive jackpot. These vary be denomination. Online, you get a prize of up to 2000x your triggering bet for the maximum 9, instead of a progressive. Live, the progressives start at $20 or so (for 5 quick hits) and go up to $3k+ for the maximum 9.
It is possible to get a line hit with other symbols at the same time as a quick hit scatter win. Note that if you get the free spins with a multiplier, this does apply to quick hit wins including progressives.
Hitting the picks game for free spin multiplier
You’ll activate the free games feature when you land the free games symbol on reels 2, 3 and 4. You’ll now head into a ‘pick’ game where you’ll reveal 20 tiles one-by-one, until you reveal three matching free games options.
The features awarded are as follows:
- 20 free games with a 3x multiplier.
- 15 free games with a 2x multiplier.
- 11 free games with a 2x multiplier.
- 10 free games with a 2x multiplier.
- 7 free games with a 2x multiplier.
- 5 free games with a 2x multiplier.
During the pick game, you can uncover a ‘wild’ symbol, which will count to any of the free games features. This wild will also add another 5 spins onto the total you received above.
Alternative Quick Hits free games
Several variations of this game add different features behind the tiles. These include locking wilds. This sees any wild symbols which hit the reels lock into place until your bonus is over. This can be valuable for your last few spins, when you may have collected several wilds. Quick Hits Mania adds extra scatters to the reels, giving you a better shot at the progressive jackpots. Games like Quick Hits Wild Red also offer free spins games with multipliers.
Quick Hit Platinum Symbols
In addition to the standard Quick Hit symbols, this particular game also introduces Quick Hit Platinum symbols. These can appear once on each reel. Land the symbol on 3 reels and you’ll double your stake, while 4 appearances pay 25x your stake. Hit the maximum 5 symbols and you could win an incredible 5,000x your stake. This offers the highest potential win of the game, with a six-figure pay of 100,000 coins. If you are playing this slot in a live casino in Michigan, 5 of these special symbols will get you the biggest progressive jackpot.
Classic Slot – Quick Hits Design
Quick Hits Platinum is a nice mix of the traditional and modern. The range of symbols could come from a slot from any era, although they have been given something of a makeover, most notable with the flames coming out of the sevens. The reels have a silver backing instead of the classic white, adding an energy to the game.
Jazzy, bright music plays when you hit the bonus feature. During the base game there are unique effects when the special symbols land, plus lively jingles to accompany your wins.
Will the Quick Hits Slots Give You Instant Windfalls?
The Quick Hits range of slots are a familiar and welcome site both online and in the live casinos around Michigan. Special scatters can turn any spin into a progressive jackpot. Once you start landing 6 or more Quick Hit symbols, the pays quickly mount up, with some incredible wins at the very top end. The range of games all offer something slightly different in terms of game play and themes. Free spins bonuses give you multipliers, or extra ways to win big.
This is one of several iconic slots from Bally which you can now enjoy online in Michigan. Check out Cash Spin and Dragon Spin slots from Bally – alongside games from IGT, WMS and Konami.
Play Quick Hit slots online in Michigan for free or real money. Includes free demo game as well as popular Michigan casinos offering this game online.