A number of industries across the globe have been dealt devastating blows by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, with the sports betting industry being a case in point.
The serious lack of live sporting events almost anywhere in the world has left an enormous void for the bookmakers and their customers. With much of the world currently being forced into various forms of lockdown and self-isolation, many people feel as though they have too much time on their hands and are searching for a little excitement.
Luckily there are a myriad of online betting options to choose from, so the absence of regular live sports betting events has seen a rise in popularity of other forms of betting, such as slot machines, bingo, poker and casino games.
One that is becoming particularly popular is virtual sports betting. For those of you not entirely familiar with it, virtual sports betting is a process that involves placing bets on computer generated virtual (simulated) games, where the outcomes are decided by numbers selected by a Random Number Generator (RNG).
Virtual sports betting brings you round-the-clock betting, with super graphics and anytime competitions that mean no more waiting and way more action. It’s little wonder that, with traditional sports betting being largely decimated at present, this is now such a fast-growing sector in the online betting world.
These simulations include visuals modelled on real-life stadiums, so that virtual sports can look and feel like you’re watching the real thing live. They often come with commentary and highlight reels for a totally immersive experience so, although it won’t quite match the excitement of a real live sports event, it can get pretty close.
As with live sports events, virtual sports involves a selection of fixed odds bets that can be made on the match outcome, correct score, number of goals, which team scores first and a variety of other markets.
The outcome of any given game is always algorithm-based, with the winner picked in a totally unbiased way. The beauty of virtual betting is that games can be played 24/7, thus enabling customers betting opportunities whenever they want.
Customers can bet on these events as they would real life sports events, but one of the big differences is that each virtual sport event only usually takes between 3-5 minutes to complete. These condensed versions of the game are depicted in a series of highlights, so there are no lengthy delays or substitutions, injuries, etc.
There’s an ever expanding selection of virtual sports to bet on, with soccer, basketball, horse racing, American Football, motor racing, tennis, speedway and darts among those on offer. When it comes to the very latest virtual sports betting offers and promotions available, you can get 24/7 virtual sports betting at Freebets.com. Freebets.com is the go-to site to find all the very best betting offers in one place.
For example, in an American Football virtual sports bet, you will have all your favourite markets available to bet on.
There will be the Money Line, Spread and Total Points Over/Under (e.g. Over 37.5; Under 37.5), Winning Margin (e.g. 1-6; 7-12; 13-18; 19-24; 25-30; 31 or more); Total Points (Bands – e.g. 0-25; 26-30; 31-35; 36-40; 41-45; 46-50; 51+); Spread & Totals (e.g. Green Bay -1.5 and Over 37.5; Green Bay -1.5 and Under 37.5; New York +1.5 and Over 37.5; New York -1.5 and Under 37.5) and Result & Total (e.g. Green Bay and Over 37.5; Green Bay and Under 37.5; New York and Over 37.5; New York and Under 37.5).
Basketball is a fairly new addition to the virtual sports betting stable. In addition to the Money Line, Spread and Total Points Over/Under markets, customers can also bet on the likes of Alternative Game Total Points; Alternative Point Spread; Double Result; Result and Total; Spread and Totals; Team Totals and Game Total Bands (5 Point or 10 Point bands).
In regards to soccer virtual sports, you might have options to bet on the Premiership (based on the English Premier League), Superleague (based on European soccer) or World Cup games. Again, there will be a range of familiar betting markets available for customers to enjoy, such as Match Winner, Number of Goals, Correct Score, etc.
Placing a bet on a virtual sports event is essentially no different to placing any other bet, although it’s worth noting that Cash Out isn’t available for Virtual Sports bets and you can’t combine a sportsbook selection with a virtual sports selection in the same betslip.
As with real life sport, there is a vast selection of free bet bonuses available at many of the biggest and most reputable online bookmakers.
The spread of Covid-19 has resulted in some novelties in virtual sports betting, such as a Virtual Grand National, which saw almost 5 million people tuned in to UK public broadcaster ITV (about half the expected audience for the real race). In this instance, betting on the event produced profits of €3 million ($3.3 million) which went towards the UK’s National Health Service (NHS).
There was also a virtual horse race of Grand National champions, pitting the late Red Rum, who won the National three times in the 1970s, against defending champion Tiger Roll.
There has also been some intriguing virtual sports betting on boxing on YouTube, featuring boxing legends Muhammad Ali, Sonny Liston, Mike Tyson and George Foreman. Another betting opportunity came in the virtual soccer match between Chelsea Pensioners and Manchester Blues; two entirely fictitious teams.
It’s widely anticipated that live sporting events will gradually return over the next couple of months, possibly even before the end of May in some instances, barring any rise in Covid-19 cases in the interim period. There will naturally be a dip in virtual sports betting at that point, but the surge of interest in their virtual sports should ensure that its long-term future is assured.
Bringing clean water – Christopher Kenny’s Preservation Earth Project
Science plainly shows that a human can survive three weeks without food, yet most individuals cannot survive three to four days without water! Dehydration sets in, and the person will go into shock and become vegetative even if they continue to breathe. In other words, water is an essential requirement. A living thing cannot thrive without it. Nonetheless, it is a horrifying truth that billions of people worldwide lack access to safe drinking water.
In developed countries, when everything from technology to luxury is available, receiving clean water at home is as ‘natural’ as breathing fresh air. Most individuals in advanced nations may not pay much attention to it, but this is not the case for the rest of the globe. Many countries continue to lack access to clean water sources or water appropriate for human use. Safe drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene at home should not be limited to the wealthy or those who live in cities. These are some of the most fundamental human health requirements, and all countries must ensure everyone has access to them.
The Preservation Earth Project (PEP) made its way to Tsaile, New Mexico. Over time, uranium mining, fracking, and pesticide abuse damaged the water supply, resulting in a high occurrence of numerous illnesses. Approximately 35% of the Navajo people do not have access to flowing water, and some must go to a remote location to fill barrels with water from a polluted local spring.
There is no doubt that climate change is boosting storm strength. Recent natural catastrophes have heightened the need for groups to step up and give support, answers, and relief to individuals affected by such natural disasters. The Preservation Earth Project is a non-profit organization that provides support, education, and solutions to help society transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy.
A look back at Christoper Kenny’s life
Chris Kenny was born in Summit, New Jersey, on May 4, 1961. He was one of twelve children. In 1980, he received a B.A. in economics and finance from Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, North Carolina. He also attended New York University, earning a commercial real estate management degree from the Schack Institute. Since 2018, he has served as the head of Strategy and E-trading at Hartfield, Titus, and Donnelly. Kenny started his career in the U.S. In 1985. He worked as a Treasury Bond Broker. He formerly worked at Bonds.com as the director of fixed income sales and technological development. His academic background is in business and finance. Chris is passionate about developing and promoting renewable energy, mainly when it is used to assist people in need. The potential to aid those in urgent demand as a result of a human-caused environmental or natural disaster is not just a philanthropic act but also a once-in-a-lifetime educational opportunity.
He used solar power on mobile platforms as a backup power source for emergencies, water purification, and water pumping.
His academic credentials are in business and finance. Chris is passionate about developing and promoting renewable energy, mainly when it is used to assist people in need. The potential to aid those in urgent need as a result of a human-caused environmental or natural disaster is not just a philanthropic act but also a once-in-a-lifetime educational opportunity. He has over 38 years of experience in finance as a salesperson, broker, trader, and investor.
Making clean water available to everyone
In 2012, Kenny founded The Preservation Earth Project, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. It provides assistance, education, and alternative energy solutions to help society shift to renewable energy. It was involved and aided Haiti several times after the 2010 earthquake, providing portable solar electricity for water purification and medical facilities. In 2020, the business devised a solution for the Navajos’ contaminated water source. They collaborated with engineers and local officials to build, produce, and install a solar-powered water filtration system for the Navajo people of Tsaile, New Mexico. Other activities have included providing portable solar power to the “Cajun Navy” for rescue and clean-up in areas devastated by the 2015-2021 hurricane season in Louisiana.
The project designed, delivered, and installed a solar-powered filtration system that will provide clean drinking water to the local Navajo community 365 days a year for many years to come. Several more initiatives are in the works to provide safe drinking water to Native American communities on the Navajo Reservation.
President’s letters of gratitude
President Jimmy Carter sent Chris two heartfelt letters encouraging him to continue his charitable work. He suggested calling Habitat for Humanity and asking if they were interested in collaborating on a few projects. He and Kenny both helped out at the charity.
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