Baccarat is a relatively straightforward game. The dealer draws cards for two hands. The two hands have their value calculated, and the higher value hand wins! It is simple, but many of us like it that way. Others have always wanted a little bit extra to spice up the gameplay! That is exactly what Evolution Gaming offers us in their latest release called Lightning Baccarat!
When all your bets are accepted, a Lightning round occurs. Between one to five Lightning cards are selected randomly. These cards have a 2x, 3x, 4x, 5x or 8x multiplier attached to them. If they appear on the playing field during that round, then that multiplier will boost your win. In case of multiple multipliers appearing, those two multipliers will multiply each other. That means a 2x and a 3x will grant a 6x payout increase! Two side bets are available in Lightning Baccarat. P pair and B pair will pay if the first two cards for their corresponding hands form a pair. P pair only pays for the player hand, while B pair pays if this occurs on the banker hand. You have to place an additional bet in order to activate these side bets.
Despite the addition of lightning cards, the core baccarat gameplay has not changed. As a result, experienced players will be able to implement their old betting strategies without much issue. As always, no system used for wagering is perfect when it comes to baccarat. They can slightly improve your chances, but you remain at the mercy of what cards are drawn. This is doubly true for Lightning Baccarat!
While lightning cards are the defining feature of this game, they have several layers of randomness. How many will be drawn, what multipliers will be drawn, and to what cards those multipliers will be applied to! Then we also have to hope that the selected multiplier card will be drawn and be part of a winning hand.
Personally, we enjoy the multipliers a lot more than we do other baccarat side bets. We cannot call them more consistent, as there is still a heavy element of randomness involved. That said, we find a lot more thrilling. At any given time, our standard payout can be increased by more than 500x! How can you not fall in love with that?