Virtual betting – A short or long-term replacement for sports betting?

Punters believe that their knowledge of a certain sport is key to betting success. Analysing all manner of different variables, such as injuries, form, and press reports – all to give themselves the best chance of winning. With real bets, you may choose Messi as the first goalscorer, Barca to win against Napoli and/or by over 3.5 goals. But, for many, virtual sports betting is still like playing a slot machine, because you are trying to predict the outcome while playing against an algorithm.

Now, due to the COVID-19 outbreak, bookmakers are pushing virtual football, horse racing, tennis, motorbike racing, and greyhound racing as an alternative. Giving punters the chance to bet Over / Under, Asian Handicap or Correct score, just like for real events. The best providers around the world for virtual betting are Betradar, Kiron, and Golden Race.

For bookmakers is this a smart solution or a desperate attempt to salvage something in these tough times? Only time will tell. However, one thing is for sure, this is the best chance virtual betting has ever had to grow its user base and for developers to gain investment to improve gameplay.