We first played Lightning Roulette in 2018, which was the year in which it was released by Evolution, and we've been huge fans ever since. This is a Live Casino version of the popular classic that has been improved by an additional shot of excitement in the form of 1 to 5 lightning multipliers that are randomly applied to each round. This makes it possible to win as much as 500 times your bet, so the winning potential in Lightning Roulette is far greater than in the traditional version of the game.
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Presentation and Format
Lightning Roulette by Evolution is played in a purpose-built casino studio that has a black-and-gold Art Deco theme with several large pillars. In the middle of the room is the roulette wheel, which sits on its own gold-colored pillar. Whether male or female, the presenter is always elegantly dressed in a uniform that matches the overall visual scheme quite nicely.
The wheel used in this game has a standard European Roulette layout, which means that it shows the numbers 1 to 36 in red or black, and one 0 in green. The betting interface, located in the bottom section of your screen, also has a standard European layout, so if you've ever played a regular game of roulette you won't have any difficulty playing this Lightning version. To the right of the main betting interface, you'll see a racetrack layout that allows you to place bets normally found in French Roulette, such as Tiers, Orphelins and Voisins.
How to Play Lightning Roulette
The best way to approach Lightning Roulette is as if it were a standard game of European or French Roulette. We say that because the core game is very much the same as in the classical version, and it's only the lightning multiplier values that are unique to this edition. That said, we'll now take you through the game step-by-step so that you understand exactly how it is played.
PLACE YOUR BETS:
First, you need to place a bet by taking a casino chip from the rack at the bottom of the betting interface and putting it on the area of the betting layout that represents your chosen bet. For example, if you wanted to bet $1 on the next number being Even, you'd take a $1 chip and place it on the EVEN outcome on the layout.
When all bets have been placed, anything from one to five lightning panels will appear - as if by magic - behind the roulette wheel. The panels will each show a lightning number on the roulette wheel, as well as a multiplier value. There are six possible multiplier values that can be shown, and those are 50x, 100x, 200x, 300x, 400x, and 500x.
At this point, the ball will be introduced to the spinning roulette wheel and the game proceeds according to standard rules, with the winning number determining whether or not your bet wins or loses. The big difference here is that if one of the lightning numbers wins, any player who has made a Straight Up bet on that number will be paid according to the lightning multiplier rather than the usual odds.
Bets, Odds and Payouts
The type of bets that can be made in Lightning Roulette, the odds of winning, and the payouts awarded for doing so, are almost exactly the same as in any game of European Roulette. If you are unfamiliar with the game in general then it would be worth reading through our comprehensive page on How to Play Online Roulette. The one outcome that pays less in Lightning Roulette than in a regular game is the Straight Up bet. This normally pays 35:1, but here it pays 30:1 unless the payout is enhanced by a lightning multiplier.
Playing Lightning Roulette Strategically
Like all other forms of the game, Lightning Roulette is governed entirely by chance. That means this is not a game in which you can influence the outcome in any way or improve your odds of winning by applying any particular strategy. Even so, the presence of the lightning numbers, and the fact that the lowest multiplier value is 50x, makes it viable to place a Straight Up bet on each number from 1 to 36. This could lose you 36 bets if the green 0 wins, but otherwise, you'd get 30:1 back if any other number wins, and up to 500x your bet if a lightning number wins.
Will You Strike it Rich?
Lightning Roulette is as exciting in action as it is beautifully simple in concept. Play the game today at one of your favorite online casinos and you can be sure that lightning will strike to enhance anything from one to five numbers on every spin of the wheel. The only real question is whether or not any of those lightning bolts will help you to strike it rich in the process!