How to Play Hotshots
Higher or lower?
HotShots is just about as simple as hi lo games get. A ball is drawn and you decide whether the second ball drawn will be higher or lower than the first. Easy! But there's a twist - you can also bet on the colour of the next ball. Will it be red, blue or yellow?
About the balls
There are 48 balls, numbered from 1 - 48. Of these 48 balls, 16 balls are Red, 16 are Yellow and 16 are Blue. Each number is fixed to a particular colour i.e. Ball number 11 is always red.The numbers are produced randomly. It IS possible to draw the same number more than once in a game, but NOT twice in a row.
Choosing your stake
At the start of the game, you set your stake. This is your initial investment, and the amount you wish to bet on the first round.
With each successful selection, your winnings increase. Each time, your accumulated stake and winnings are staked on the next ball drawn.
Use the up and down arrows to set your stake. When you are happy, click OK. Your first ball will be drawn and you're ready to play.
Checking the odds
Hover over a selection and the payout for that selection, to your stake, will be shown in the box to the left of the bet options.
Now start playing! With Hotshots you can do more than just Higher or Lower bets:
1. Bet Higher or Lower
Simply decide whether the second ball drawn will be higher or lower than the first. Click the Hi or Lo arrow and the second ball is drawn automatically.
2. Bet Yellow, Red or Blue
Rather than betting on the number value of the balls, you can bet on the colour of the next ball drawn. 16 balls are Red, 16 are Yellow and 16 are Blue. Simply click on the round button for the colour you predict will be drawn (these buttons are marked Y, R and B).
3. Or double up!
If you're feeling brave you can combine the two bets above into one! Decide which colour will be drawn and then click on the coloured Hi or Lo button for your prediction. For example, if you think the next ball will be red AND higher than the first ball, click on the red HI button.
Go for the burn!
The Burn is a feature unique to HotShots. Each successful prediction earns you a ball exchange token. These appear as lights on the right-hand side of the console. If you make four successful predictions in a row, you win a Burn, which appears as a token above the betting console. Use your Burn to send a number away that you wish to change, and draw a replacement. Then continue to play as before.
Banking and Collecting
In HotShots, you have two options available:
- 1. Bank Half
You can protect half of your winnings by banking 50% of your total amassed during that particular game. To do this, simply click the BANK HALF button.
You can then continue the game, staking with the remaining 50%. When your game is over, the 50% you banked earlier in the game will be credited to your Ladbrokes account.
- 2. Collect All
When you have decided to stop and collect your winnings, click the COLLECT ALL button and your winnings will be banked to your Ladbrokes.com account.
You can then start a new game if you wish.
Winning and losing
Do remember that your initial stake will be bet on the first draw of the balls - and this and any winnings will be bet on the next draw, and so on. You can build your winnings very quickly with some shrewd predictions, but one wrong prediction will take you back down to zero! If the number or colour drawn does not match your prediction, your game is over and you lose your winnings. Do you bank half your money by clicking BANK HALF? Do you collect all your winnings? Or do you carry on to try to win even more? The choice is yours...