What Are Virtual Sports?

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Virtual football and virtual cycling available to bet on at MansionBet

This weekend saw the running of the Virtual Grand National, in what was one of the biggest Virtual Sports events so far. 5 million people tuned in to ITV and watched live as 18/1 shot, Potters Corner, was victorious after a dramatic race that saw 66/1 outsider, Aso, fall at the penultimate fence whilst in a surprise lead.

The legendary Red Rum had won the preceding ‘Race of Champions’. It was a great 30 minutes of TV that raised over £2 million for NHS charities, helping them continue the great work they’re doing in this unprecedent time.

For many, this would’ve been a first look into the world of Virtual Sports, so here’s our handy introduction to get you started.


How Do Virtual Sports Work?

Virtual Sports are computer generated games that simulate real sport. They look as good as any leading computer game, run 24/7 and, unlike real sports, they won’t be affected by adverse weather conditions or any global pandemics.

There’s a whole range of virtual sports available to place a bet on, from the classics such as horse racing, tennis and greyhounds, to other sports like speedway, trotting and velodrome.

How Can I Bet on Virtual Sports (and are they fair)?

You can bet on Virtual Sports much like any other game. Options include first to score, winner, each-way, and more. It depends on the sport.

But are virtual sports rigged? It’s a question we get asked a lot, and we’re happy to say that it’s a definite ‘NO’ from us. The result of each Virtual Sport is determined in the same way as every online slot; it’s a random number generator that will dictate the outcome.

Growing up surrounded by sport, a career writing about it almost seemed inevitable. Firstly working for a professional football club before jumping into gaming has given me the chance to see the beautiful game from both sides.
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