Live Lightning Roulette is a unique version of roulette, released by Evolution, that has specific rules that dictate what the best way to play the game is.
On this page, we’ll talk about those rules and see if they can be exploited to make a profit.
I’ll guide you through the best Lightning Roulette strategy, with a video demonstration.
Let’s cover the basics of this game first.
Essentially, the game is much the same as standard roulette and played with the usual roulette wheel with 37 pockets divided into Green — which is zero — and Red and Black, from one to 36.
What makes Lightning Roulette different is — as the name suggests — its speed and the unique feature, Lucky Numbers.
Lightning Roulette is essentially European Roulette but with the opportunity to win up to 500x on a straight-up number.
A straight-up win without the multiplier applied pays 29:1. In normal roulette, you’ll get 35:1.
All other bets on the roulette table pay their regular payout but don’t qualify for the multiplier win.
I’ll do a quick comparison between Lightning Roulette and European Roulette.
It’s simple – straight-up payouts are smaller, but there’s a chance the Lucky Numbers win when the multiplier hits your number.
This table is here to illustrate a point that the only difference is the Straight-Up bets.
All other bets, such as Red/Black, High/Low, split, corner all pay the same in Lightning Roulette as they do in your standard European Roulette – and the house edge is the same.
|Lightning Roulette||European Roulette|
|Number Of Zeros||One||One|
|Straight-Up Payout||29:1, with up to 5 random win multipliers||35:1|
|Even-Money Bets Payout||1:1||1:1|
|Win Multipliers||50x, 100x, 200x, 300x, 400x, 500x.||None|
Lightning Roulette has a good theoretical payout (RTP) of 97.10%, which means the house edge is only 2.90%. This is actually a bit worse than normal European Roulette, which has a house edge of 2.70%, and definitely worse than French Roulette with a house edge of 1.35%.
However, in Lightning Roulette, you have a chance of getting a 500x multiplier on your win, and the game mechanics seem to be exploitable to an extent.
If the Straight-Up payout is reduced from 35:1 to 29:1, then the house edge if you don’t get a win multiplier is significantly increased, from 2.70% to 18.92%, as there is 216x less of a payout across the board.
The units that would have gone to Straight-Up bets payout are instead distributed to win multipliers, and then randomly applied to up to 5 numbers.
You can expect an average total win multiplier per spin of around 200x or a bit more than that.
Theoretical payout and the house edge on all bets that aren’t straight-up are identical to European roulette.
It’s just the straight-up payout that is different than usual.
The key feature in Lightning Roulette is the random win multipliers that can be applied to any straight-up number at any spin. This feature is called Lucky Numbers.
On every spin, up to 5 randomly selected numbers will be assigned win multipliers of 50x, 100x, 200x, 300x, 400x, or 500x.
The number selection takes place after bets have closed, so there is no way to predict how many or which numbers are being selected before you make a bet.
The multipliers will only apply to betting on straight-up numbers.
In general, no. There is only a small chance you’ll get lucky and have a win multiplier apply to one of the numbers – and only on specific numbers in specific called bets.
Let’s take Orphelins as an example. This bet includes eight numbers: 17, 34, 6, 1, 20, 14, 31 and 9. Five bets are placed on four splits and one Straight-Up (on number 1), so it’s clear that the win multiplier would only apply if it landed on 1.
The same goes for Jeu Zero, where three chips are placed on splits and one on number 26.
Tiers du Cylindre is a bet on six splits, and Voisins du Zero is also a called bet without a single Straight-Up bet.
Since its release by Evolution Gaming, I’ve been trying to find a Lightning Roulette strategy that will deliver a win with the 500x bet multiplier.
I’m happy to say I’ve found one, and it will get you a winning bet with a 500 x bet multiplier.
However, the trick is hitting this when your bankroll is in a state to deliver you a profit.
This approach/system/strategy will help make that happen but won’t guarantee it.
I’ll explain the different sort of bets you could make and how, with this strategy, you’ll improve your chances of getting that big payout.
Regular Roulette strategies won’t work for this game, as most rely on you playing even money-type bets. Better said, these strategies will play out the same as in normal roulette but you won’t benefit from the win multipliers.
Something like Martingale or Fibonacci won’t work when playing Lightning Roulette.
Only Straight-up bets qualify for the multiplier win, so you’re looking for betting patterns that cover whole numbers only.
The choices are:
All of the above cover portions of the wheel. It’s important to emphasize that your bets have to be straight-up bets, or the win multiplier won’t apply.
The coverage will determine the number of times you hit a winning number to be paid at 29:1, and within that, the number of times you hit a winning number with a multiplier.
All of the above carry a high risk of you Not getting either and, therefore, losing your bankroll quickly.
I want to start and say that this strategy will work.
It will get you a winning number with a bet multiplier and probably a few.
It will also get you a winning number with a 500x multiplier if you play for long enough.
What it won’t guarantee is that in the end, you’ll come away with a profit.
That depends on how long it takes for you to hit the multiplier wins, and the frequency of them happening with the amount of bankroll budget you have.
Unfortunately is down to “luck” and probabilities.
My strategy is simple: you place a bet on every single straight-up number.
I told you it was simple!
Now let me explain, as it’s not as crazy as you might think.
Let’s say you place £/€1 on every number. That’s a total bet of £€37.
The worse you will win on a spin is £30. That’s a single number payout at 29:1 plus your stake back, resulting in a loss of £7 a spin.
The best you can win on a spin of £37 is £501, that’s if you hit the 500x multiplier.
If we knew that for certain, we’d all be rich!
My advice is to look at the stats for the wheel.
You can go back as far as the last 500 spins and see how often the multipliers have been winning numbers. You can also see what multiplier was applied.
In the random screenshot above, you can see the multiplier was hit 10 times in 200 spins. One of them is at 500x and the others were all 100x, except one that was 50x.
I’m working on the assumption that a multiplier spin is hit every 20 spins on average, and the average payout over 10 multiplier wins for the multiplier is £135.
As the loss on each non-multiplier spin is £7, you’ll need £140 before the first multiplier hits.
The win tops up the balance to £135. If this sequence occurs for 200 spins, you’ll need to start with a bankroll of about £210 or £250 to be safe.
This information is to guide you. In reality, multipliers don’t hit in a pattern. So my advice is to double that starting bankroll to make sure you can get to the end of the 200 spins.
In the example, you’d be in a profit of £30 after 200 spins.
Now you’ve seen the theory, I want to talk briefly about the reality.
I’ve run a few sessions using the betting system.
In the first session, I made small bets because my bankroll was quite small. I hit 50x and 100x multipliers, and one 250x.
They came spaced out but not so far as to leave my balance too low. I had about 60 minutes’ play and ended up even.
I didn’t hit a multiplier for over 40 spins. When it did come in, it was 50x. The next I hit was after another 30 spins and that was 100x.
As you can imagine, my balance was reducing at a steady rate. I played for about an hour and, quite honestly, I got bored.
Nothing was happening and my bankroll was reduced by half. I decamped and went to play some live Blackjack — and I managed to completely lose everything!
Later, I came back to Lightning Roulette and looked at the stats and my overall Lightning Roulette Strategy. Had I stayed there, I would have hit a 200x some 20 spins later. But no 500x.
Later that evening I went back again and there was a 500x hit. I think it would have been touch and go whether my bankroll would have lasted that long.
Many players wonder if Lightning Roulette is rigged.
Two areas often come in for criticism. Firstly the wheel and whether results can be influenced. Secondly, just how random are the multipliers?
Let’s deal with each one separately.
The Roulette Wheel and its operation undergo regular maintenance, following Licensing and the manufactures guidelines. The Wheel operation is checked to see if it’s in balance and rota speeds are operating within the stated tolerance. The ball is checked for size and weight. The Wheel used in Lightning Roulette is a Sealed Auto Roulette wheel, so the dealer plays no active role in spinning the wheels.
The RNG Engine used by the casino is fully tested and certified by an outside agency on behalf of the licensing body responsible for passing the game. A complete history of Results is maintained and those records can be checked to ensure the numbers selected are truly random.
There is only one Lightning Roulette table provided by Evolution Gaming, which all online casinos use. If the game was rigged, all the casinos would be affected.
Some it would benefit, some it wouldn’t, so it would become apparent very quickly if the wheel had been rigged. The Casinos wouldn’t stand for it and neither would customers who would go running to the hills. The result would be disastrous for the casinos and Evolution.
Trust is everything. I’m happy to know that the Licensing bodies and the Casinos have as much riding on clean games as players do.
In my opinion, it’s highly unlikely that lightning Roulette is rigged.
Having played quite a bit of lightning roulette I’ve concluded that it’s a marketing man’s dream.
Who wouldn’t want to play for a 500x win!
The reality is it plays like a badly designed slot.
With a slot, you place a wager and spin the wheels. That’s one wager, one spin.
With Lightning Roulette, you place one wager and then there are two spins before the outcome is known: one to select the multiplier numbers and one to select the final winning number.
That one wager has to win twice for you to win! The odds are already stacked against you.
I got bored very easily, as the multipliers didn’t come in regularly enough to keep me interested.
Having five multiplier numbers every game would improve your chances, but that doesn’t happen that often.
If you want some side-bet action, it may be okay, but the 29:1 payout for a straight-up number is just poor when you can get 35:1 on normal tables.
Playing Lightning Roulette for fun, without a strategy or system will not deliver you a profit unless you hit the 500x in the first 20 spins.
If you use a system, make sure you have enough bankroll to cover the dead spins.
The 50x and 100x wins don’t pay much when you think that normal roulette pays 35:1 anyway.
The 500x win is not life-changing unless you hit it on the first few spins with a large stake.
Slots may be a better option for you if you like big wins from a small stake.
Xxxtreme Lightning Roulette is a more volatile version of this game. Give it a try if you want to test your resolve for playing until you get a decent win.
A great alternative if you still like Lightning Roulette is Mega Fire Blaze Roulette Live from Playtech. It has multipliers of up to 10,000 times your bet and allows all inside bets to qualify for the bonus wins.
These games have RNG bonus rounds that can payout up to £500,000. However, you’ll need a decent playing strategy to get the bonus round.
But if you’re like me and love a game of cards, then Lightning Blackjack which has multipliers up to 25x could be worth a try.
To maximize the chance of hitting that 500x win multiplier on a straight-up bet, it’s vital to increase your chances by covering a large portion of the wheel and by being patient and consistent with your bets. Eventually, the 500x win multiplier will hit one of your bets!
The best strategy for Lightning Roulette is to play straight-up bets only and to play a lot of them on each spin in order to maximize your chance of hitting a win multiplier. See me demonstrate a strategy in action.
Yes, you can bet on every number in Lightning Roulette. If the total bet was £37 then you’ll get back £30 without the win multiplier, for a loss of £7. If the 500x win multiplier hits one of your numbers, you’ll get back £500 for a profit of £463!
Lightning Roulette is a unique version of roulette, in which straight-up number bets play out differently. It’s up to every player to decide if the chance of hitting a win multiplier is, in fact, something that roulette was lacking all along!
No, this game isn’t rigged, it’s an Evolution Gaming game, and the entire portfolio by this developer is provably fair.
Due to the success of lightning roulette around the world, Evolution has created a number of native language, localised versions of lightning roulette.
It’s now possible to play:
The playing interface across all versions of native language lightning roulette is the same. Each game is situated in its own studio area, allowing multiple games of lightning roulette to coexist at the same time.
The Greek version is not generally available, being a dedicated table for casinos of the Entain group.