Back when Lightning Roulette hit the market, it quickly made a huge impact in the live casino sector, becoming one of Evolution’s most popular titles. Since then, the Lightning family received several new additions, including Baccarat and Dice variants. Now, one of the leading names in the segment is giving Blackjack the long-awaited Lightning treatment. The result is one of the most anticipated new live dealer games of this year.
Lightning Blackjack represents the latest addition to Evolution’s offering of live casino games. It will use the developer’s proven recipe for success, while thanks to the new multiplier mechanic, players can look forward to an enhanced experience.
The new game allows live casino enthusiasts to benefit from both worlds. They can play with the standard Blackjack rules, while Lightning multipliers deliver higher payouts. There’s one thing, though: they depend on the player’s score. Players are guaranteed a multiplier of 25x, which can be carried over to the next winning round or saved for later.
Set in a beautiful Art Deco studio, Lightning Roulette boasts an immersive user interface in which Lightning strikes further add to the excitement and suspense.
The optimal return to player is 99.56%.
Playing the Game
Lightning Blackjack is played with eight standard 52-card decks, which are shuffled after four decks have been dealt. Your goal is to get a hand that’s closer to 21 than the one held by the dealer.
An additional fee of 100% is placed off every wager, which allows players to scoop a multiplier in their next hand. However, this fee doesn’t apply to Double Down and Split.
Winning a round with 17 and below, 18, 19, 20, 21, or Blackjack, the payout in the next round will be very generous. Each winning hand will award a random multiplier ranging from 2x to 25x. But it gets even better, as the game allows you to save your multiplier and use it anytime you want in the next ninety days.
The multiplier will cover only the paid Lightning fee in the round where you received the multiplier. When placing a larger bet, a regular payout will cover the excess amount. However, if you choose to place a lower stake, your multiplier will be proportional to it.
In case you choose to Split, and end up with two winning hands, your multiplier will be applied to the one with the best score. As we mentioned, no additional fees can be paid on Split or Double Down. Unfortunately, a push or Insurance will lose both the Lightning fee and multiplier, but you’ll receive your main bet.
The Insurance option is available whenever the dealer’s upcard is an Ace. Placing this bet will award you a payout if the dealer wins the round with a Blackjack. Purchasing the Insurance is done by clicking Yes. You place a bet equal to half of the initial wager you made.
If the dealer has Blackjack, you will get a payout worth twice the Insurance bet. If both you and the dealer have Blackjack, the round will end in a push, and you’ll get your stake back. If the dealer doesn’t have Blackjack, you will lose the Insurance bet, and the game will continue.
Making a Decision
Once you get your first two cards, it’s time to decide on your hand. You have four choices: to Hit, Stand Double Down or Split. If you don’t make any decision before the time expires, it will be interpreted as either Hit (if your score is eleven or less) or Stand (if you have a score of twelve or more).
If you get a score of 21, you won’t be able to make any decisions.
If you decide to Double Down, only one card will be added to your hand.
Hit or Stand
Choosing to Hit will add one card to your hand. You can Hit multiple times to get more cards. Once you are satisfied with the card you’ve been dealt, you can Stand.
If your first two cards have equal value, you may decide to Split them into two hands. When splitting Aces, only one card is added to each of the hands. Doubling is not allowed in this case.
After all players make their decisions, the live dealer will show the value of the down card. If his score is sixteen or less, he will Hit, while a hand of soft seventeen or more will force him to Stand.
If the score of your final hand is closer to 21 than the one held by the dealer, you will win. You’ll also win if the dealer busts. If both of you have the same hand value, the round will end in a push, and you get your bet back.
A Blackjack is stronger than any hand of 21 that results from Split. You lose if the value of your hand exceeds 21.