When the Weather is Bad Bookmakers Rely on Virtual Sports

March 3, 2018 March 3, 2018 David Nugent
Snow Cancels UK Sporting Events

For a land-based bookmaker to have the required turnover to ensure their betting shops and betting offices remain financially viable, they must of course have a back up plan when the weather turns bad, and all the usual sporting events they accept bets on have been abandoned or cancelled.

That is certainly the case in the UK right now, for with the country experiencing snow, floods and storms, many major sporting events, that are the lifeblood of many betting shops have been cancelled, rescheduled or abandoned.

Whilst all betting shops that I have ever visited in the UK do have around four FOBT machines, that allow punters bereft of betting on anything else a range of casino styled games to play, there are still many punters that want to bet on sporting events, in one shape or another.

That is where virtual sports do come in handy, for they allow all bookmakers irrespective of the weather to offer a full days’ worth of sporting events, that their customers can bet on.

If you have never come across virtual sports before, then below I will give you an insight into how they work and operate, as they may be of interest to you.

What you may also find very interesting and appealing is that many online bookmakers and betting sites also offer virtual sports too, so if you do find them appealing you are going to be able to place bets on any of them at any time of the day or night, from the comfort of your own home!

How Virtual Sports Work and Operate

As you would expect with a category of games that are called virtual, all virtual sports games use computer generated graphics to display the games they represent, and as such when placing a bet on a virtual horse race the horses are often referred to by punters as cartoon horses!

However, those types of games offer a very fair gambling environment, as before each event is held and then payed off using computer generated graphics, the outcome of that event is determined by a random number generator.

In the case of a horse race for example each horse running will be given its own set of win odds, and the win odds will determine the chance of that horse being selected by the random number generator.

You could compare it to a raffle for example, and the favorite to win a virtual horse race will have more tickets in the raffle than the outsider but being completely random the outsider could win that race, or any of the other entrants.

Once the random number generator has determined the result of the virtual sporting event the computer will then run the horse race and the horses selected will then finish in the order chosen by that random number generator. So, everything is fair when you do place a bet on any type of virtual sporting event.

Virtual Bet and Wager Types

As the weather in the UK is currently so bad, and as many sporting events in Great Britain have been canceled, if you do want to battle the elements and pay a visit to your local bookmaker’s office, I am sure they will be pleased to see you and will probably offer you a hot drink.

There will of course be plenty of different bets and wagers that you are going to be able to place on all virtual races and sporting events being held in all betting shops today, and as such always keep your options open regarding just which best and wagers you do place.

Much like when for example you bet on a soccer match or horse race in a real world playing environment there are going to be just as many betting opportunities available on virtual soccer matches and virtual horse racing, but one other thing to keep in mind is that the odds are fixed odds.

Fixed odds mean that no matter what volumes of bets or wagers are placed on any one single outcome on any virtual horse race, the odds are not going to increase or decrease in value, so not matter what happens and no matter how many bets are placed on any outcome, the payout odds will never move in any direction.

Do look out for virtual sporting events at your local betting shop or when gambling online, for you may just find you take to them and enjoy betting on them too!

About The Author

David Nugent


Hi, my name is David and I am the chief editor of legalbettingreport.com, I am proud to bring you all latest legal matters concerning the sports betting industry , I am a keen sports fan, dabbling in a few odd bets on my beloved Everton FC

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