Lucky 8 Roulette is the oldest of all of the progressive pot roulette games and was originally found in William Hill on their roulette machines. Lucky 8 Roulette since underwent many changes, and found its way onto Betfred roulette machines as well as William Hill’s. Lucky 8 Roulette also enjoys an online version that plays very similar to the FOBT game, and fans of the land based version will most certainly enjoy the online game.
I’ll discuss the bookies version first, with a look at the online Lucy 8 Roulette toward the end of the page.
The game is simple to play and uses a 51 number roulette wheel and betting table, allowing for a variety of bets, each with increased odds from traditional roulette due to the increased number of positions on the wheel.
Zero to 49 act as regular numbers, each paying the same odds of 50/1. The Lucky 8 position pays the same odds but also activates the bonus game, which offers an 8/1 chance of hitting the progressive jackpot in addition to any bets that were placed on the Lucky 8 position on the roulette table.
The Lucky 8 Roulette bonus is activated when the ball lands in the Lucky 8 slot on the roulette wheel. You do not need to place a bet on this position to be awarded the feature, as it will be triggered any time the ball lands in the bonus slot. This also explains why the pots are often considerably lower than other progressive roulette games such as Key Bet Roulette.
From the point the ball lands in the bonus slot, the top game opens with a bonus wheel numbered 1 – 8. As it spins round, numbers 1 through to 7 are losers, with number 8 paying the bonus pot. After the feature has ended, whether you have won or lost, you are returned to the game with any relevant wins paid to your bank. The Lucky 8 bonus wheel is only for the progressive pot, any money placed on the Lucy 8 Roulette position on the table will pay at 50/1 regardless of the outcome of the bonus wheel.
Lucky 8 Roulette online is very true to the original FOBT version and can be played at William Hill Casino with stakes from as low as 10p per spin.
Like the original, there is a progressive pot, however this pot is linked to others playing the same game and as such it increases far quicker and is not limited to bookies restrictions. This means that the progressive pot is often over £500 and frequently around the £1000 region. Like the FOBT versions, you do not need to place a bet on the Lucky 8 position on the roulette table as the feature will be awarded regardless of any bets. With this in mind, you could just treat the bonus as an addition to the game, and just play your favourite numbers.
There is a key difference from the bookies version of the game, and that is the addition of two extra Lucky 8 wheels to make it more difficult to hit the pot. You can however increase your chances of winning by placing £8 or more per spin. This will add two Lucky 8’s to each wheel, dramatically increasing the odds of winning the progressive pot.
Once the feature has been activated, the first wheel will spin. If it lands on an 8 you will progress to wheel two, then again to wheel three. All three wheels are identical, and if all land on the 8 you will win the reasonably large progressive jackpot.
The online version offers far higher pots, and as it is online you can login to William Hill Casino any time and check the values, then play when they suit you.
- For best results online bet at least £8 per spin for better odds.
- You are not required to bet on the Lucky 8 Roulette position to be awarded the feature.
- Play £2 a spin in the bookies, and cover 32 numbers to aim for pots of around £90 or more.
- Both versions of Lucky 8 Roulette are entirely random, and as such you may win straight away, or it may take you hours to win a pot.