I’ve watched online casino gaming go through several major changes since I started playing, and one of the most positive changes has been the emergence of live casino games. Specifically, the entrance of Evolution Gaming, which is the leader by far, has done wonders for live casino gaming.
Since 2016, this firm has constantly innovated and released some of the most interesting live dealer games online. One such game is Lightning Roulette. It’s a supercharged version of the classic casino table game which makes it much more exciting than it already is.
So, how does Lightning Roulette work? How do you win it? What are the rules? I’ll tell you all in this Lightning Roulette review.
Lightning Roulette – A Walkthrough
When I first entered the Lightning Roulette studio, I was impressed by how it looked. Unlike many live roulette games, Evolution Gaming streams this one from a dedicated game studio. Every single detail has been thought about, including the impressive black and gold colour scheme, the digital game board in the background, and the entertaining dealers who host the game.
This is what happened from there:
I had to wait for a little bit, as there was a current betting round ongoing. I didn’t mind because this gave me time to watch and learn. I waited less than 20 seconds, and the dealer invited me to place a bet in the next round.
A digital roulette table popped up from the bottom of the screen. I already knew that this game was all about straight bets rather than even money bets like red/black or odds/evens, so I picked 10 numbers randomly and bet £10 on each of them. The minimum bet was £0.20 and the maximum was £1,000 per spin.
The dealer indicated that the betting window had closed, but then, instead of spinning the wheel, he pulled a handle. It looked like the sort of handle someone would pull to set the electric chair in motion, except it was gold.
A few seconds later, three numbers appeared on the digital screen behind the live dealer. I later learned that up to five such numbers can appear on this screen. Each number has a multiplier associated with it of up to 500x.
The dealer releases the ball, and the camera switches angles to an overhead view of the wheel. This is a nice touch. It means you get to see the wheel up close and get a great view of the action.
Finally, the dealer settles all bets. If you’re lucky enough to have bet on one of the “lucky numbers,” you’ll win the multiplier associated with that bet. All other straight bets pay 30:1. After this, a new round of betting begins, and the whole process begins again.
I must say, I think this game is ace! Yes, it’s highly unlikely that I’m going to pick a number which then wins me a 500x multiplier, but what is casino gaming if not the chance to bet on the unlikely for a big-money payout? I think this version of roulette will hold great appeal to thrill-seekers, and I understand why it won EGR Game of the Year in 2018.
Lightning Roulette Strategy and Tips
Enticed by the massive multipliers, I began to wonder about the best way to bet on Lightning Roulette.
It’s obvious that progressive betting systems like the Martingale system won’t work on this game. Sure, you can use them to win even money bets, but what’s the point of that when you have to pick the right numbers to win the multipliers? You’d be better off playing standard European roulette instead.
Therefore, you’ll have to resort to other bet types when playing Lightning Roulette like the ones listed below:
Neighbour Bets – You’ll see a racetrack which helps you to place these bets with a single click. For example, the “Voisins” bet covers 17 numbers: 22, 18, 29, 7, 28, 12, 35, 3, 26, 0, 32, 15, 19, 4, 21, 2, and 25. There are several other neighbour bets such as the “Tiers” and “Orphelins” which cover a significant portion of the table.
Columns – If you’re a roulette aficionado, you’ll already know that columns bets cover 12 numbers. You could bet on one or two columns to give yourself the best chance of winning a big multiplier.
Red or Black – This is not the even money red or black bet which you might think. Instead, you bet on all of the red numbers or all of the black numbers. In this way, you’ll cover half of the possibilities excluding the zero. That’s close to a 50/50 chance of winning the biggest multiplier on the board.
Random Selections – This isn’t so much a strategy as it is a stab in the dark with a good chance of winning. Select more than half of the possible numbers randomly. You’re not guaranteed to win, but you’ll have a better than average chance.
Bet on Every Number – Yes, it’s possible to bet on every number on the board. This means you will win the multiplier if the roulette ball lands in that pocket. It’ll cost you £37 to place £1 on every number, including the zero. In the worst case scenario, you’ll win back £30 on a standard number. If you can take a few £7 losses, eventually you’re going to win the multiplier. Will you be in profit, though? That’s another matter entirely.
None of these Lightning Roulette strategies are guaranteed to work. In fact, you could lose several times in a row even if you have the majority of numbers covered, chewing up your bankroll in the process. However, it only takes one 100x or 500x multiplier to turn a losing streak into a winner. If you have the nerve for it, you can give yourself a good chance of winning one of the multipliers.
Please also remember that a lucky number isn’t guaranteed to be the winning number. You could have five lucky numbers on the board, and the ball could land in a pocket with a completely different number. That’s just how this game goes. The stars will have to align for you to win the biggest multipliers, but hey, someone has to win them and plenty of players do.
I played Lightning Roulette for about 50 spins, and while I was exhilarated at the beginning, I was quite frustrated by the end. I didn’t see the 500x multiplier come in even once, although it was on the board a few times.
However, despite my personal frustration at not winning big money, I do think this is an incredibly well-designed game. Evolution Gaming has put a lot of thought into it, and even though it’s unlikely that you’ll win the biggest multiplier, it’s still worth trying for.
My final verdict would be this, if you’re a roulette player who likes to place straight bets, this game is for you. If not, you’d be better off trying your luck on a slot machine. You could win 500x here in the best case scenario, but some slots offer 5,000x or more for the same size bet.
Based out of London, I began freelance writing for the UK section of GamblingSites.org in October of 2019. Having worked in the gambling industry for over 10 years, I now have the pleasure of adding this site to my list of accomplishments as a casino writer. ...
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