If you’re bored of playing standard roulette or are just looking for a novelty experience, you’ll want to pay close attention to Lightning Roulette. This roulette game has already won multiple awards.
It scooped the “Product Innovation of the Year” at the Global Gaming Awards and the “EGR Game of the Year” in 2018.
As you’ll see, this is no ordinary roulette game. Some have called it roulette on steroids.
How Lightning Roulette Works
The thing which makes Lightning Roulette different from all of the other live dealer roulette games is the Lucky Numbers. While normal straight bets pay 30:1 in this game, these payouts can be enhanced by massive multipliers of up to 500x.
When you sit down to play Lightning Live Roulette, this is what will happen:
- The dealer will welcome you to the game and will open a round of betting as soon as the current spin is finished.
- You’ll see a digital roulette table on the screen in front of you. This is where you will make your picks for this spin of the wheel. You’ll also see the roulette numbers on a screen behind the live dealer. This is where the Lucky Numbers will be picked before the game begins.
- Don’t overlook the game track to the right side of the screen. You can make neighbour bets such as Tier, Voisins, and Orphelins bets here.
- Once you’ve made your bets, the live dealer will pull a handle and lightning will strike between one and five numbers. You’ll see multipliers of between 50x and 500x below these numbers. They’re the Lucky Numbers for this game.
- The dealer will then release the ball onto the spinning roulette wheel, and you’ll get an up-close, birdseye view of the action. All bets are settled instantly.
There are a few rules of Lightning Roulette which you need to remember. We won’t cover the usual roulette rules, but rather the rules which are unique to this variant.
- You must place your bets before the Lucky Numbers are decided. No bets will be accepted after the dealer pulls the lightning handle.
- You will only win the multiplier if you bet on that number. For example, if you bet €10 on one of the Lucky Numbers and it has a 100x multiplier, you could win €1,000 on a single spin.
- All other straight bets (non-lucky numbers) will pay 30:1. In other European roulette games, they pay 35:1.
- Lucky Numbers are not guaranteed to win. However, if they do, bets will be settled instantly, and you’ll be congratulated by the dealer.
- You can bet between €0.20 and €10,000 on each spin. Note that €10,000 is not the maximum bet per number, but the maximum bet when all of your picks have been added together.
Each player has his or her individual preferences. Negatives are relative, but here are a few potential drawbacks to Lightning Roulette.
- Normal straight bets pay less than they otherwise would in standard European or American roulette games. This is to offset the extra risk to the casino presented by the huge multipliers.
- Because of the huge potential payouts, it can be easy to get carried away when playing this game. Remember to gamble responsibly at all times.
- Lightning Roulette doesn’t offer the slow-motion replays and multiple camera angles that Immersive Roulette does. There’s one birdseye view of the action once the ball is released.
The usual roulette strategies won’t work well on Lightning Roulette. For example, many roulette players like to use the Martingale strategy, but that won’t work here because it relies on making even money bets. The point of Lightning Roulette is to make straight bets and hope to hit one or more the Lucky Numbers.
Instead of these traditional roulette strategies, you can:
- Bet on random numbers. Some players feel this is the best way to go in this game. Cover about 12 numbers or roughly ⅓ of the possibilities.
- Bet on one or two random numbers each time, conserving your bankroll for as many spins as possible. Risk 1% of your bankroll per spin.
- Cover half the options by betting on all red/black or all odd/even numbers.
- Bet on every number. This will cost you €37 if you wager €1 on every number plus the zero. If you don’t hit the Lucky Number, you will win back at least €30 for winning one number. If you do hit the multiplier, you could win up to 500x your stake.
- Use the betting track to make neighbour bets such as Orphelins or Voisins. These have been described in the table below.
||17-34-6-1-20-31-14-9 (8 numbers).
||22-18-29-7-28-12-35-3-26-0-32-15-19-4-21-2-25 (17 numbers).
||27-13-36-11-30-8-23-10-5-24-16-33 (12 numbers).
Play Lighting Roulette only in regulated and licensed online casinos.