In the world of virtual sports – as can be said about the world of sports in general – football, (or soccer if you prefer), is king.
The all-action game translates perfectly to the virtual environment, and with so many people familiar with football-based video games like FIFA and Pro Evo, the game has made a natural evolution to the virtual environment.
In this article we are going to dive into the world of virtual football and find out what is driving the success of this new form of virtual sports betting.
What is virtual football?
Virtual football is a condensed version of the world’s favourite game, played out in front of your eyes in games that last no more than a couple of minutes at most.
As with bets placed on a real-life football match, you choose one of a selection of bets on offer such as which team is going to win, and then sit back to enjoy the action. The games are powered by random number generators which determine the outcome of the game, so there is nothing you can do to influence the result.
The games come thick and fast, so when one match is over you will only have to wait a couple of minutes for the next game to kick off.
Virtual football betting types
As with real-life football betting, placing a wager on a virtual game involves the same bet types, although you will have a lot fewer options than you would with a big Premier League football match. Naturally you can bet on which team will win, or whether the game will finish as a draw, but there are a couple of other bet types available too.
It is possible to place a bet on total goals scored, and correct score bets are also a popular option, plus there can be over/under bets on goals scored in the game as well.
Virtual football viewing experience
If you are familiar with the latest computer football games like FIFA and Pro Evolution Soccer, then you will have a very good idea as to the appearance of a virtual football game.
The animation is very similar – although always shown from the half-way line vantage point – and the players move in a realistic manner on the pitch. Crowd noises and commentary enhance the viewing experience. And while it could never be mistaken for the real thing (for now at least) it makes for an engrossing experience when you have got a bet on the outcome.
A typical game will take no more than a minute and a half or two minutes and will feature five or six scoring opportunities, only some of which will generally be converted. You will find yourself cursing your virtual striker as he misses an open goal, or cheering when a long range shot finds the target.
And best of all, you won’t have to wait long for the next game to roll around.
Is betting on virtual football fair?
Many people have a concern regarding the outcome of virtual sports betting, as they feel wary of games which are not real life and thus could potentially be ‘manipulated’ by the online casino. The plain fact is that while there are certainly some dodgy online betting sites out there, any reputable casino will only use software that has been independently vetted for fairness.
An online casino will not risk its hard-won gaming licence for the sake of a few bucks here or there, and you can rest assured that the games play out completely fairly. Online casinos are capable of making good profits without the need to engage in dodgy practices.
So just check the bottom of the page of your casino of choice to make sure it is properly licenced, and then you can place your bets without worrying about any manipulation of the result.
Pros and cons of virtual football betting
Virtual sports betting is not going to replace the real thing any time soon. But virtual football is certainly an entertaining way to have a small wager and enjoy a bit of football betting during the off-season. The virtual game allows you to place bets at any time of day or night, and it is a great introduction to football betting as prior knowledge about teams or leagues will be of absolutely no advantage when placing bets on these games.
The teams here do not reflect any real-life versions, and so it’s a level playing field for novice and veteran football bettors. While virtual sports betting cannot generate the visceral thrill of the real thing, it makes for a pretty decent substitute and an entertaining diversion for football fans.
Along with those big-name versions of motor racing there are countless variations of the sport enjoyed by motor-heads around the globe, so it should not be a surprise to find motor racing listed in the events covered by virtual sports betting.
#What is virtual motor racing?
Real-life motor racing is a sport which costs millions of dollars to run and organize, and is powered by extremely
wealthy backers. Virtual motorsports on the other hand costs no more than any other virtual sports betting option as it is an animated version of the real sport powered by random number generators.
The visuals mimic what you would expect to see from a new release Playstation racing game, except for the fact that you are just a spectator as the cars zoom around the virtual track. Place your bets before the race starts and sit back to enjoy this simulated version of motor-car racing play out in front of your eyes.
Virtual motor racing bet types
Virtual motorsports offer the usual sorts of odds you would expect to find from a virtual racing sport, except the larger field means that some of the cars go off at longer odds than you can find with other virtual sports betting. For example, it is possible to find a virtual car starting at odds as long as 66 or even 80-1, meaning that a short two lap race could just bring a major return on a small investment. Win and each-way betting markets are available on this virtual sport, with some bookies also offering forecast and tricast options although this is not particularly popular due to the large size of the field.
Watching and betting on virtual motor racing
While some virtual sports could almost pass for the real thing, virtual motorsports certainly don’t match up to the original in terms of excitement and visceral energy.
However, you can still enjoy the simulated version of an F1 race without having to put aside three or four hours of your day. The virtual version of the sport takes just a couple of laps, and is generally contested with quite a field of about 12 cars, which is more than you will find on other virtual racing sports like greyhound racing or speedway.
The engine sounds and commentary help to enhance the viewing experience, and punters are treated to multi-angle shots of the race as it gets underway to make for an entertaining watch.
Are virtual motor races fair?
Virtual motor races are powered by random number generating software, and the results are what determine the outcome of the races. That means, of course, that factors such as driver skills or engine reliability don’t come into the equation.
Some people just plain don’t trust what they can’t see with their own eyes, and for that reason will have suspicions as to the fairness of virtual sports betting. In fact independent bodies such as eCOGRA carry out comprehensive tests on the RNG software that powers virtual sports.
And as the online gambling area is particularly strongly regulated, you won’t find any online bookies trying to manipulate the outcome of virtual races.
Virtual racing pros and cons
Nothing can compare with the thrills and excitement of real life motor racing, where lives are in the balance as courageous drivers try to get the most from their cars. Virtual motorsports cannot attempt to compete with the real thing in terms of visual spectacle – not yet at least!
However, whereas real motorsports are incredibly expensive and races are few and far between, virtual races can be held every couple of minutes. Naturally this offers lots more betting opportunities for those who enjoy a wager on motorsports, and this particular form of virtual sports betting is one of the most popular on the market.