Virtual Sports Betting Explained

by Virtual sports betting
Updated: 16/12/2020 07:49

Virtual sports betting sections are now available on many online betting sites and cover several sports including horse racing, football, tennis, and more.

In this guide, we cover how virtual sports betting works and which betting sites offer virtual sports with random number generators that have been independently tested and certified.

How does Virtual Sports Betting Work?

Bookmakers use random number generators (RNG) to decide the outcome of the events, with punters seeing the same schedules and the same outcomes. The outcomes cannot be influenced by any bookmakers, and are completely down to the RNG just like the casino games. You can watch live streams of all of the virtual sports and see the results for the past 3 months on some bookies.

The live streams are now quite advanced and offer respectable computer-generated graphics with HD streams, crowd sound effects, and live commentary.

Virtual Sports Available:

  • Football
  • Horse racing
  • Greyhounds
  • Tennis
  • Speedway
  • Motor Racing
  • Cycling
  • Darts
  • American Football
  • Trotting
  • Cricket

Punters can bet on several different betting markets for each virtual sport.

For example, virtual football offers the following betting markets:

  • Match winner
  • Over/under 2.5 goals
  • Total number of goals
  • Double Chance
  • Correct score
  • Both teams to score
  • Asian Handicaps
  • Home goals/away goals

For virtual racing, you can bet on Win markets, Forecast, Tricast, and place Each Way bets.

Which Betting Sites Offer Virtual Sports Betting?

There are many betting sites offering virtual sports betting in the UK now, but some offer more sports and betting markets than most. Also, all of the betting sites in this list have great reputations and have had the Random Number Generators independently tested and certified.

bet365 is one of the leading bookmakers in the world, and the company has launched a comprehensive virtual sports betting product. Punters will find a wide range of sports and a decent number of betting markets in most sports too.

Virtual sports available:

  • Horse racing
  • Greyhounds
  • Soccer
  • Cricket
  • Motor Racing
  • Speedway
  • American Football
  • Trotting
  • Cycling
  • Darts
  • Tennis
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Betfred is offering one of the best virtual sports betting products available, with 12 sports, free bet offers, money back promotions, on-demand sports, and even virtual bingo.

Virtual sports available:

  • Football
  • Speedway
  • Horse racing
  • Greyhounds
  • Motor Racing
  • Darts
  • Cycling
  • Tennis
  • Football league matchday
  • Dash horses
  • Dash greyhounds
  • Bingo
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Unibet has just launched its virtual sports betting product and is currently running World Cup and Champions Cup football competitions. This is a unique and potentially fun addition for punters looking to try something different.

Virtual sports available:

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Tennis
  • Horse Racing
  • Greyhounds
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Betfair offers decent virtual sports betting product with an emphasis on virtual horse racing. You can bet on several different versions of horse racing such as Flat, Jumps, and Sprint races.

Virtual Sports available:

  • Horse racing
  • Football
  • Greyhounds
  • Motor Racing
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BetVictor offers a 24/7 virtual sports betting product with several sports including virtual horse racing, football, dog racing, and basketball.

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William Hill offers a solid virtual sports betting page with several sports available, but it feels a bit cluttered and disorganized. Punters can get on football and horse racing with matches every four minutes, and motor racing.

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Steven is the product manager on BettingLounge and is an experienced iGaming writer who has been working in the industry since 2018.

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