Whilst horse racing and greyhound racing may be popular in the virtual sports sections, football has also started to attract interest from players. The games are usually graphical in format so it's a bit like betting on FIFA Playstation and Xbox highlights. You can watch the games and experience goals, saves and anything else of interest during the match. You can bet on the final result, correct score, number of goals as well as other markets. Note that there's no inplay betting.
The football games are simply determined by random number generations - and the teams don't often match up with those in real life. A lot of the matches involve international teams, but where domestic clubs are used the names are adapted due to restraints. For example you may see Stoke Utd v WBA Baggies, Reading Magics v Sheffield Blades and Mersey Blues v Aston City. Most football fans will automatically pick up on which sides they're meant to be.
Bet On Virtual Football
Striker Stadium: Ladbrokes run virtual football games every three minutes. Bet on the result, who will win and other markets as top sides run out at their Striker Stadium! Watch the highlights from the Striker Stadium complete with sponsored billboards.
William Hill Virtual World: Head to the Virtual section of William Hill to bet on their selection of football games. They offer Asian Handicap and Double Chance markets as well as the usual score and win/lose/draw odds. You will need to login to see more of the virtual football games that are on offer.
Union Park: Coral are another bookmaker who offer virtual football match betting. The quality of the videos doesn't seem to be as good as other bookies, but that may be our connection. The usual markets are available and there's a match every 3 minutes so plenty to get your teeth into.
Overall Virtual Football games are quite limited in that no matter which option you choose above or try at other sites, you're pretty much going to get the same game play and quality of graphics. All that's different is the branding.
The bet on football season games, which we know used to run at Ladbrokes, Bet365 and the now defunct Blue Square have gone. The key point to remember with all virtuals is that they are pre-set pretty much in the same way as a slot spin, video poker game or hand of blackjack. You're simply predicting on the computers decision rather than an actual game.
Other Football Games
Final Score: This Betfair game is a football meets roulette type game. Select a league, select some teams then place bets on the outcome. There are no fancy graphics but you do get a teleprinter giving you score updates and a virtual crowd chanting during gameplay.
Championship Manager Hi-Lo: The popular PC football management game has lent itself to a version of Hi-Lo. Choose a team and manage it through group and knockout stages all the way to the World Challenge Final! A nice twist on a theme.
Sensible Soccer Slots: The original console football management game gets a slot makeover - and you kind of wish it hadn't. This really should have stayed on the Sega Megadrive. Still fans of the game might enjoy a trip down memory lane.