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How To Bet On Virtual Sports

FIFA is one of the virtual sports you can bet on. Here's a virtual sports betting guide.

COVID-19 has caused the suspension of many sports across the globe and put a majority of people into self-isolation. With conventional live sports halted, fans and bettors alike are searching for more options to fill the void. Online sportsbooks are offering their own virtual sports that you can wager on in rapid-fire fashion.

What Are Virtual Sports?

Not to be confused with esports, which have humans controlling the action and the players, virtual sports are simulated. These games and races take place 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and new events start every couple of minutes.

Different sportsbooks offer varying sports and races that you can wager on, but the typical events available are soccer leagues, basketball leagues, horse and greyhound racing and car racing.

Betting On Virtual Sports

Once you have selected the sport you would like to place a bet on, there are plenty of different markets associated with each event. Just like traditional sports, you have the moneyline wager, OVER/UNDER a specific total, team totals, spreads and halftime options as well. For soccer, you have even more markets such as double chance, Asian handicap and goal/no goal.

As for the races, whether it be cars, greyhounds, horses or camels, the regular markets can be found just like you’re at the Kentucky Derby. You can bet on a specific horse to be the winner, to place (first or second) or to show (first, second or third). Additionally, you can pick the exacta where you choose exactly which horses will finish first and second, and the trifecta is the same thing but you choose the top three horses in order. After you place your bet, you can watch the event take place in a simulated video and cheer on your team/horse.

Are Virtual Sports Rigged?

The sportsbooks build algorithms for each event, which removes real variables such as racing surface, injuries, back-to-back games, etc. Additionally, because everything is run on the algorithms, the available odds are almost as true as you would ever get because they are computer-generated. With games happening so quickly and given the sheer volume of events, it’s hard to see the benefits of rigging the games outside of the simulations and algorithms built.

Can You Handicap Virtual Sports?

There are results and stats sections that show winning/losing streaks as well as scoring totals. Use those as you would normal research for live sports and you can find outliers that you can take advantage of. That said, in the end, it is just an algorithm you are betting against, so no matter how much research you put in, trends can come up short and leave you with a loss on your betting slip, so it can feel like flipping a coin.

Overall, the instantaneous and consistent gameplay of virtual sports is exciting and entertaining. It almost has a slot machine feel to it because of how many games/races are ongoing that you can wager on and constantly have action on. However, unlike a slot machine where it’s completely random, you can do some research and hopefully gain an edge on the algorithm or hop on a hot streak just like in conventional sports betting.