Have you heard of eSports betting? If you haven’t then you are missing out on one of the fastest growing betting markets in the world today. This is betting on a number of multi-player computer games and it is a market that is growing particularly strongly in parts of Europe, North American and especially Asia.
However, in addition to eSports betting, there is also a different form of betting you can enjoy on a computer game.
That comes from the realm of what has become known as Virtual Sports and you can enjoy betting of this kind on a number of sites, including Bet365 Sport – where new players can get free Bet365 Sports welcome bets (click the link to read our review and learn more about how to get your bonus).
What are Virtual Sports?
Virtual Sports are computer-software generated replicas of real life sports, using computerised teams or competitors to play through a randomised event. Just as in a real life sports events, the competitors are ‘weighted’ so that some selections are more likely to win than others and as such, the odds on each competitor in an event is decided.
The types of Virtual Sports available differs from site to site but on Bet365 Sport, you can bet on any of the following Virtual Sports:
- Horse Racing
- Motor Sports (2 Sports – Speedway and Motor Car Racing)
Let’s learn a little more about the types of bets available on each of these sports and how they play out in the Virtual world.
Virtual horse racing
Punters have a choice of three fictional racecourses at which races are run every minute or so. They are Britannia Way, Festival Downs and Victoria Park. You can select races over the flat or over the hurdles depending on which track you elect to view.
The start times for each track are staggered, so that you can click between them to bet on races more quickly if you prefer.
Each race will have upwards of four or more horses running in it. Each horse is saddled by a fictional jockey in the race and is given odds that outline its chances of success. Lower odds bets will win more often than longer odds bets. You can place bets to win, each way or on the 1-2 or 1-2-3 finishing positions with Forecast and Tricast bets.
There is a timer that counts down until the race starts and you can then view the race in progress following the stream of the race as it is played out by the computer. At the end of the race, the winner and places are shown and any bets won are paid out.
Virtual greyhound racing
In the Virtual Greyhound Racing option punters have a choice of two tracks, Goldenhill Park and Hillside Park with races taking place every 3 minutes (staggered) across each of the tracks. In each race there are six greyhounds and you can back either the winner or each way places for the top two selections as well as Forecast and Tricast bets.
Virtual motor sports
Virtual Motor Sports consists of Virtual Motor Car racing from Mitchell Circuit every 3 minutes and Virtual Speedway from Stirling Stadium every 3 minutes – each race is staggered so there is a race every 1 minute and 30 seconds.
In the Motor Car races, you can select the winner, each way or place Forecast/Tricast bets on the outcome of a 12-car race. In the Speedway, you can back the winner or place Forecast or Tricast bets as there are only four bikes racing in a Speedway race.
In both sports, once betting is completed, you get to see a virtual representation of a two lap race with each of the cars or bikes taking place shown via the live animated stream.
You can bet to win, Each Way and place a Forecast bet on the Virtual Cycling events from the Franklin Velodrome. There are three minutes between each race and each race sees a stated number of riders complete in the race. The race is based on the Keirin race in cycling.
It has to be said that the graphics in the cycling virtual sport are incredibly realistic and it does look very much like a real life cycling race.
Eight horses will compete in the Virtual Trotting, which sees punters allowed to place to win, each way and Forecast/Tricast bets on the outcome of a race. Races take place every three minutes.
In all the above virtual sports, the focus of the event is a race and as such, the betting options and markets on each event, although for a very different virtual sport, are very similar indeed. However there are two virtual sports which offer very different betting experiences.
In Virtual Tennis, you watch a match (based on one game) between two tennis players unfold and as such, the bets on offer for this virtual sport are very different. Typically when betting on Virtual Tennis on Bet365 Sport you can bet on:
The To Win Match market, the total number of points that will be played in the game and the correct score of the game to be played.
All the matches are played on a grass court, similar to the Wimbledon championships, with the players playing them weighted by the computer to produce a favourite and underdog for the game.
When you opt to bet on Virtual Soccer, you will be presented with a match between either two fictional club teams (based loosely on real life teams) or International teams. There are a number of different bets available on Virtual football including which team will be the match winner (or whether it will be a draw), the number of goals there will be in the game. The Correct Score of the match, a selection of Double Chance bets, the Total Goals in the match (Over or Under 2.5 Goals) and the Asian Handicap bets for either team.
You can now select between matches based in the Premiership, Superleague (taking club sides from around the world) or the World Cup to increase your Virtual Soccer betting options.
Once the countdown reaches zero, the betting on the match you have bet on will commence and you see highlights of the game played out on screen with key match events such as goals, missed chances, saves and penalties all replayed on screen.
If you enjoy sports and like your bets resolved quickly, then virtual sports is the perfect combination of fast-paced sporting action and quick-resolution bets. They are available to be played 24-hours a day 365 days a year via the Bet365 Sports betting site.
In addition, both Paddy Power and SkyBet also offer a range of virtual sports for their customers along similar lines to those listed for Bet365.