Virtual Sports Betting Markets Explained
When it comes to virtual sports betting, you’ll find that you’ll be able to bet on the virtual equivalents of many of the most popular real sports markets and the majority of those markets work in exactly the same way. We’ve broken down some of the most common markets from the virtual sports offered on our featured sites.
Virtual football is one of the most popular offerings in the world of virtual sports betting. You’ll be able to bet on all the top markets from traditional football betting, like the match winner, correct score and over/under 2.5 goals. These markets will be offered pre-match and there will often be a timer on-screen counting down to when the next game starts, after which you won’t be able to place any more bets.
Get your bets in before the book closes and then sit back and watch the action. Each game will last a few minutes and you’ll see all the highlights from the match. When it’s done, all the game’s stats will be displayed on the screen so you’ll be able to check if your bets have come in.
The beauty of virtual football is that the games run 24/7, so you won’t have to wait until 3 o’clock to get going again if the dreaded early kick-off has scuppered your acca.
Virtual Horse Racing
Another seriously popular virtual sport is horse racing. Just like virtual football, the races run around the clock and you’ll find all the top horse racing markets available to play. Here’s a look at some of the markets you’re likely to come across:
Outright Winner – The most straightforward market in virtual horse racing. Simply choose the odds of the horse you fancy to win, add the selection to your betslip, set your desired stake and place the bet. If your horse gets its nose over the line first, you’re in the money.
Each-Way – When you select a horse’s odds in the outright market, you’ll often be given the option to make your selection an ‘each-way’ bet, usually by clicking a checkbox. What this means is that you’ll actually be placing two bets, one on your horse to win outright and another on it finishing in a specified range of places, usually first to third or to fifth, with the odds for the second bet calculated by multiplying the original odds by 1/4. If your horse then comes in first you win both bets, but if it’s pipped at the line, you’ll have the extra security of your each-way bet to ensure that you don’t come away empty-handed.
Forecast – A forecast bet lets you pick the two horses that you think will finish the race in first and second place. All you have to do is open the market, select one horse for first place and another for second place and then place your bet. You’ll also be offered the chance to pick the two front runners in any order, so if it’s neck and neck on the line between your two chosen horses, you’ll win whoever nicks it.
Tricast – A tricast bet works in exactly the same way as a forecast but applies to the top 3 finishers in a race. Just choose the horses you think will finish first, second and third, or choose them to finish in any order in the top three, and should your selections make it down the home straight ahead of the rest of the pack, you could be counting your winnings.
Virtual tennis is another common offering from online bookmakers and it’s easy to see why it’s such a big hit with punters. With a wide range of markets and games that take just a few minutes to play out, there are plenty of opportunities to rack up some profit.
Player to Win – Most virtual betting sites only offer markets on individual games, rather than whole sets or entire matches, so just pick who you think will be victorious in the next scheduled game and place your bet. If they come out on top of their opponent in that game, you win. It’s as quick and simple as that.
Correct Score – This market is similar to betting on the game-winner, but with an extra level of detail. Just choose which player you fancy to win and then select the margin you think they’ll win by. You’ll have the option to pick a win ‘to love’, ‘to 15’, ‘to 30’ and ‘to 40’ for each player, and although this is a tough market to predict, that difficulty is reflected in the odds, with some high stakes offered for getting the correct score bang on.
Total Points – Total points is a little bit different to the previous two markets. With this bet, you’ll be offered the chance to guess how many points will be scored by both players in total in the game. So if you think a game is set to be a back and forth thriller with both players racking up some points on the scoreboard, you could find some real value in backing those higher point tallies.