Virtual Sports Betting on the Rise in Wake of Coronavirus Pandemic
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.
Top Road Trip Destinations in Canada
Did you know that 1.93 million Americans traveled to Canada in 2020? That number was down year-over-year due to COVID-related travel restrictions.
While some Americans visit the Great White North via plane, others prefer road trips. It can be fun to plan an itinerary, book a hotel, pack the luggage, load your family into the car, and head to the border. But if a road trip to Canada is in the plans for you and yours this summer, what Canadian destinations are worth the potentially thousands of miles of driving? Keep reading to learn about the top road trip destinations in Canada.
Grasslands National Park in Saskatchewan
Grasslands National Park is one of Canada’s 44 national parks and park reserves. Whether you’re an earlier bird or a night owl, the national park in Southern Saskatchewan provides an ideal prairie landscape. It’s the perfect place to unwind, immerse yourself in nature, and recalibrate your life.
Enjoy the great outdoors on a campsite, or take part in hiking adventures by exploring trails. The solitude and breathtaking beauty of this national park will leave you in awe. Make time for the Ecotour Scenic Drive. It’s about 20 km (around 12.5 miles) long and will take one to three hours to complete depending on your pace.
Toronto to Stratford, Ontario
If there’s one Canadian city most Americans have heard of, it’s Toronto. Toronto, the capital of Ontario, is the fourth largest city on the continent. It’s also home to the only authentic castle in North America. Casa Loma, located in midtown Toronto, is worth the visit. So, too, is the CN Tower, which is the biggest free-standing structure in the Western Hemisphere. The city also has citizens representing 200+ ethnic groups.
While there’s plenty to see and do in Toronto, why stop there? It’s a good idea to include a Toronto-to-Stratford excursion while on your road trip to Canada. You must travel 150 km (about 93 miles ) west to get to Stratford. You’ll see Victorian architecture and get to take in the live theater. Most Americans probably haven’t heard of Stratford before. But when you come for a visit, there’s a good possibility you won’t ever forget it.
North Cape Coastal Drive, Prince Edward Island
If you haven’t ever taken a road trip to Prince Edward Island, you don’t know what you’re missing. It’s Canada’s smallest province, but it sure offers a boatload of fun. Are you a foodie or do you like to indulge in the local cuisine when traveling? Check out the western peninsula. You can delight your tastebuds with the range of food available.
Make time to visit the Canadian Potato Museum in the province. After taking in the sites and attractions at the museum, enjoy a meal at the onsite PEI Potato Country Kitchen. The menu has items like the chili topped baked potato, which features a baked potato, homemade chili, and cheese. Meanwhile, the pulled pork potato features a baked potato topped with pulled pork, cheese, and sour cream on the side. That’s just a sampling, and all baked potato dishes are served with fresh-cut, homemade chips.
If you’re intersted in a U.S. to Canada road trip this year, the options above will give you some ideas. The sky’s the limit since there’s so much to see and do.
You’ll want to ensure your vehicle is in good working order to avoid breakdowns. You’ll also want to stay alert on the road since you’ll be traveling a lot of miles and spending hours behind the wheel of your car.
If you get into an accident, you must know what to do. In addition to reporting the accident, calling your insurer, and possibly even booking a rental car to complete your road trip, you’ll want to contact a personal injury lawyer if anyone is injured.
No one wants to consider accidents or injuries when on a road trip. But it’s best to hope for the best while being prepared for the worst. You’ll enjoy the journey and the destination a lot more when you’ve done everything possible to prepare for any possible issues.
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