Will Virtual Betting Ever Overtake Classic Sports Betting?

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The rise of technology and the popularity of the sporting world has seen the online gambling market soar across the United Kingdom and beyond. For every sporting occasion, there is a betting market available, going into finite details about individual aspects of the respective game. In football, it can be corners, throw-ins or bookings. Cricket can be broken down into wickets, fours and sixes. Horse racing is more straightforward, with outright and each-way betting taking the centre stage, although there is a fine art to picking the right horse.

Betting companies have identified the demand for sport and have even extended their capabilities with virtual matches now keenly entrenched across the business. Horse racing, football, motor racing and greyhound racing are the sports available through https://www.paddypower.com/virtuals, allowing you to delve into a virtual betting world. But what are the advantages to this method over the traditional system of sports betting?

Computer games have made users familiar with the type of interface used by bookmakers to broadcast the matches. Virtual football is not too dissimilar from the Football Manager game engine. You can read about last year’s revamp at https://www.pcgamer.com/uk, but essentially it uses a simple simulation to play out the contest between the teams or run the race. When this is transferred to virtual betting, it’s simple to follow for bettors, offering simple markets for the outcome of the match (the number of goals scored and the correct score).

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There’s less need for information in the virtual game, too. There are no form guides to monitor or the need to know which players are active on the field and where they’re playing. It offers an easier experience for those who may not be familiar with the teams, players or competitors in question. The games are shorter, as well, so there’s no waiting around 90 minutes for the final whistle or for the race to finish – which can take even longer if there’s extra-time, penalties. Outside factors cannot come into the equation with the simulated race, either: there’s no rain, wind or other extremities to take into account, making it just a simple click and bet for punters. It’s a quick and effective way of betting for a casual punter wishing to delve into the market.

It’s doubtful that virtual betting markets will ever come close to surpassing the real thing. You cannot recreate the excitement and the drama of race day or a tense football match. Classic betting offers so much more in terms of availability across the markets, bringing almost every aspect of the play into the equation. If you eat, sleep and breathe sport (as many enthusiastic bettors do), it can be a fascinating experience to ride the rollercoaster of backing a team or runner. There’s also knowledge about particular players, teams or runners that can be utilised. For example, a player might have an especially good/bad record – see this example, as cited by www.goal.com – against a certain opponent or a horse may be particularly effective at a racecourse and in certain conditions.

Clearly, both forms of betting have their strengths and weaknesses. But let’s face it, the real action still holds paramount for now.

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