Just like the real thing but without the poop, Virtual Dogs combines all the action and betting styles of real dog racing, but is available up to twenty-four hours a day. Races take place online, and during opening hours on all fixed odds betting terminals and betting shop screens and intermittent times of days, broadcast from SIS. It is also featured occasionally on some U.K. TV stations.
The majority of online casino and real world betting shops offer their own version of Virtual Dog Racing. Aside from different graphics, the concept is the same; pick a dog, watch it race and hope it comes out in front. The Sky Vegas game featured below starts with minimum bets of 10p, up to £1000, but the FOBT games generally have a minimum bet of £1, up to a maximum win of £500. You can bet on either a six or eight dog race, and bet to win, place, or forecast the bets.
The betting layout can be confusing the first time around, but as with all games on GamblingJoe, you have the option to play in demo mode. Depending on the bet you place, you’ll see the odds and return change accordingly.
- To Win: Your chosen dog needs to win the race for you to win the bet. Any other placing is a loser.
- To Place: In an eight dog race, your chosen dog needs to come in the top three. In a six dog race, it needs to place in the top two to win the bet.
Forecast: The Forecast bets are usually displayed on a secondary screen once you press the forecast bets button; these bets are a prediction of how the dogs will finish in first and second place. For example 3×4 predicts that dog 3 will come first and dog 4 will come second. The odds for these selections are displayed next to each selection and generally pay longer odds.