Virtual Football Betting

Published: 14/09/2012

Fans of football who simply can’t get enough of wagering on their favourite sport are the beneficiaries of technological innovation. Nowadays there are literally dozens of ways to wager on “virtual football—simulations so realistic, fast-paced and immediate that they make regular league play seem lethargic by comparison.

SkyBet, for example, has virtual matches starting every eight minutes throughout the day, featuring Premier League teams as well as selected international match-ups. The games, which last about 60 seconds, are made up of “highlights” with commentary and highly realistic crowd noise in the background. Bet types include match result, correct score, over/under goals, and total goals, among others.

More complex is Football24/7 offered on Ladbrokes. It makes it possible to wager not just on a virtual football game but an entire season of matches in just one hour. Based upon the teams of the Premier League, Football/27 simulates 10 fixtures per week over the course of 38 weeks right through to deciding the League winner. It only takes 90 seconds to play out a week’s worth of action, so the pace is unbridled and the betting opportunities are fast and furious.

What’s more, there are over 40 global leagues to choose from, so the games can’t get stale and boredom is never an option. Similar software offering 48 leagues has recently been introduced by Bet365. Players may wager singles or multiples on the results of each match, of course, in addition to the ultimate League champion. The odds against selections are shown clearly on the league table. It is also possible to bet on any future seasons or weeks, too, just by clicking a few buttons.

Meanwhile, over at Blue Square, virtual matches with commentary are scheduled throughout the day in real-time, so that customers are able not only to watch but also to bet on each game “live” in-play. In fact, the virtual football screen is almost identical to that used for real matches, mimicking the live betting platform.

There are pre-match odds offered for various markets such as winner, correct score, total goals and over/under goal lines. Then, as the match progresses, in-running wagers can be placed on the outcome or goals markets at any time, and odds are adjusted accordingly as the game moves along.

Another Blue Square option is called “Championship Manager World Challenge.” It is much more than a simulation. It is a complete football management and betting game based on Eidos Interactive’s award-winning game called “Championship Manager,” allowing the player to choose a team and take it through group and knockout stages all the way to the World Cup Final.

As a warm up, managers can choose to play friendly matches, working out team formations and practicing. Wagers can be made not only the outcome of each match but also on the correct score result. Following each match, teams earn “experience points” that boost the chances of beating the next opponent. The game status can be saved at any time without losing progress, too. The published Return to Player for bets on Championship Manager World Challenge is approximately 93.5%.

Another popular virtual football betting application since 2010 is World of Football, simulating an entire Football World Cup season from the group stages right through to the final with 32 teams and each fixture playing out over 120 seconds. Other games, such as Penalty Shoot Out, allow bettors to take the field armed with statistical information to wager on scores, saves and even where the virtual players will aim the ball.

Published on: 14/09/2012

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