You may recall a couple of years ago, we took a brief look at the different types of Virtual Football games available at bet365 Sport.
Well in this article, we are going to expand on that to take a look at the wide variety of different options that are now available in the Virtual Sports section on the site.
Ever since the first few Virtuals appeared on bet365, that part of the site has not only continued to grow in popularity with punters who like the fast-paced immediacy of these types of games, but the sheer number of Virtual games and options within each type of virtual sport has also increase.
Alongside that, the companies that develop Virtual Sports software have been working hard to improve the quality of their offerings and this has manifested itself in a number of ways.
Firstly, the quality of the graphics have improved significantly, with a number of Virtuals now using video, rather than graphics, to represent their simulated game, which adds a whole new level of reality to the experience.
Then there are the improvements made to the commentary, with far more phrases recorded for each game so you get less repetition of the same phrases and some Virtuals use real world commentators (Ian Darke, for example on Virtual Soccer and Phil Tufnell on Virtual Cricket).
Alongside those presentation improvements, newer Virtuals now boast an increasing level of complexity, a wider range of markets to bet on than the first games and a better range of odds available on selections as a result.
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Let’s now take a look at the different Virtual Sports options available now at bet365 Sport.
Bet365 Sport Virtual Sports
It’s fair to say that Bet365’s Virtual Sports section has expanded and improved a great deal since the days when there were just seven games available to play, with just a couple of those games having more than one option.
Outlined below are the Virtuals you can play currently on the site, with a description of each.
Virtual Horse Racing
Trentham Park (1 minute Bullet Racing)Britannia Way (3 minute Flat Racing)Festival Downs (3 minute Flat Racing)Victoria Park (3 minute Jump Racing)Aintree Park (4 Minute Grand National)
There have been two major additions to the Virtual Horse Racing section at bet365 Sport over the last few years.
The two three-minute Flat Racing and the Jump Racing options have been available for a while but they are now joined by the 1 Minute Bullet Racing and the Grand National Option.
The Bullet Racing offers the fastest Virtual Sport offering on the site, with the time for betting and the subsequent race taking just one minute to be completed from start to finish.
Bullet Racing is an ideal choice for punters that want to maximise the number of Virtuals they can play in a certain time limit.
The Grand National is a longer horse racing event that allows you to bet on a simulation of the famous Grand National race, held each year at Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool.
The software that powers this Virtual has been used by ITV Racing to simulate several of the last few real life Grand National races, and even correctly predicted the winner one year when Tiger Roll was the winner of the Virtual race and the real race.
Bennett Park (1 minute Bullet Racing)Goldenhill Park (3 minute Hurdle Racing)Hillside Park (3 minute Flat Racing)
With Virtual Greyhounds you also now have a Bullet Racing option, which sees entire races take just one minute. This is available alongside the Hurdle and Flat racing options that have been available on the site for a while.
Euro Cup (3 minute – European Championships-based)Premiership (3 minute – Premier League-based)Super League (3 minute – World Club Championship-based)World Cup (3 minute – World Cup-based)
Surprisingly, the Virtual Soccer option hasn’t changed that much, although there have been several upgrades to the presentation and graphics for each game.
The Euro Cup, Premiership and Super League are all still on the site and they have now been joined by a World Cup option, which simulates games from a World Cup competition.
Clayton Oval (4 minute – International Cricket)Greenway Field (4 Minute – IPL-based)
One of the new additions to the Bet365 Virtual Sports field, there are two Virtual Cricket options, the Clayton Oval game features international one-day teams who bat for one over each and the team with the highest number of runs.
The format of the game is the same for the Greenway Field option, but this instead uses teams based in the Indian Premier League.
Virtual American Football
Bradwell Field (3 minute – NFL Alumni)Fenton Field (3 minute – NFL-based)Queensway Park (3 minute – One Drive-based)
Perhaps one of the most advanced Virtuals on offer is the American Football section. There are three different games here.
The Bradwell Field, features former NFL superstars playing for teams loosely based on a team they played for in their career. The game simulates an entire NFL game and highlights are shown for each of the four quarters.
The Fenton Field offers the same set up but features different teams that are not licensed by the NFL Alumni.
However, the Queensway Park game is based on a single drive in an NFL game with a variety of very different betting options to the other two games and this diversity in options is excellent for the punter who can now bet on different facets of the Virtual.
The Gatehouse (5 minute – Darts Legend Games)
One of the first Virtual games to use real life video of genuine former Darting superstars, who play each other in games of one leg of 501 with a variety of betting options available on the game.
The quality of presentation here is astonishing and you actually do feel as it you are watching a real-life game of darts, such is the clever way that the video has been edited together into the game.
Baker Gardens (4 minute – NBA-based)Waterport Arena (4 minute – European Basketball-based)
Virtual Basketball is another Virtual that employs video footage to increase the realism of the game. Each option shows highlights from four quarters of the game with a variety of betting options available for each.
The two different options feature teams based on NBA Teams and the other is based on professional European Basketball teams.
Virtual Motor Racing
Mitchell Circuit (3 minute – Indycar-based)
Sterling Stadium (3 minute – Standard race)
Etruria Gardens (3 minute – Standard race)
Franklin Velodrome (3 minute – Keirin-based)
All of the four Virtual Sports shown above were amongst the first released at bet365 Sport and have not been radically altered since they were first introduced onto the site.
Matthews Open (3 minute – One Game)
One of the first newer additioons to bet365 Sport, the Matthews Open features two players playing one game of tennis on which you can bet.
Milton Manor (8 minute – 1 Hole Match Up)Stone Field (8 minute – 1 Hole Match Up)
The newest addition to the Virtual Sports field. Virtual Golf follows two golfers playing against each other on one hole of golf. This game is a little different to other Virtuals as it allows you to place bets while the hole is in progress after a golfer has played a shot.
As such, you can place bets throughout the 8 minutes it takes to complete one event.
As you can see, the options now available in Virtual Sports with bet365 are many and numerous and with more developments in this industry likely, it is sure to see future games improve on what is already a burgeoning market at bet365.