Virtual sports are pre-set virtual games that you can bet on and then watch the race or highlights of the game. Virtual sports start every few minutes and come back with stats and markets to bet on. Here we will look over the range of sports on offer from the major UK betting companies.
How to bet on virtual sports
All the following betting apps offer virtual sports betting
- Bet Victor
- William Hill
You can usually find these events by going to the menu and looking for virtual. Once there you can tab between the different sports and see the events that are about to start. See the example below from the Betvictor app.
Across the top white bar, you can scroll through the upcoming events on offer. The main screen is always showing the latest race or match so you get a good idea of what you are watching. You can access any of the sports without being logged in or placing a bet. Once you select an event you can watch it full screen in landscape mode, as shown below –
On the standard portrait view, you can see the markets below the event and bet from here and you would do normally – tap the odds> betslip> enter stake> place bet. We have not seen any cash out options on virtual sports betting.
All events are pre-set and recorded by the software provider and there are procedures in place to make the games fair. You get full commentary of each event as you watch along. If you don’t want the event you can still go into your bet history to see the outcome of your bet and the final result in most cases.
Sport by sport guide
There are a few sports to bet on depending on which app you use, the majority cover racing, football and basketball.
Virtual football betting
Virtual football is one of the most popular virtual sports. It has a similarity to FIFA when watching it which makes it feel more familiar than, say horse racing. Almost every app has virtual football betting built-in and they are usually games at international level.
Here is how the match looks
There are games that start every couple of minutes and you’ll get stats to look at before the games. The choice of markets is a lot more limited compared to standard football betting. You will usually find the standard home away and draw as well as the goals markets.
Here’s how the pre-game markets look –
Once the match starts you will get highlights of the match. These are the goals and big changes as well as any potential red cards. They usually last 2-3 minutes and in-play betting and cash out is not an option with most.
Virtual horse racing betting
Horse race betting follows a similar flow to the football betting. There are races going off on regular occasions and a range of pre-race betting markets. You do not get the movement of odds that you usually get on a “real” race.
You do still get to read the virtual form of each the horses as you usually would. Once the race is in running you get to see the full race as you would usually. Here is how the races look –
Once the race is over you get the official results and all bets are settled. I’ve watched a good few races and I’m yet to see a photo finish but they may happen.
Virtual basketball betting
Basketball betting looks just like NBA on the PlayStation or Xbox. You can bet on the winner of the match, total points and a handicap spread. Here is how it looks –
Other virtual sports you can bet on (varies by bookmaker)
- Dogs racing
- Motor Sports
- American Football
These all follow the same format and more are available at the busier times of evenings and weekends.