Virtual Horse Racing brings the thrill of live racing to an animated, fixed odds betting (FOBT) screen, or a computer screen twenty-four hours a day on-line, and anytime of day during opening hours in the majority of betting shops. The concept is simple enough, with virtual horse racing following the same betting types as regular racing; with win, place, and forecast betting all available.
Each race has different horses, and different odds per horse, so the betting patterns you choose to place may vary with each game. The graphics are nice and smooth, both on-line and on the FOBT’s. The few differences between the FOBT and Sky Vegas game as featured below, is the inclusion of a turbo button. This basically shows everything excluding the race, so just the results will be displayed once the bet has been placed. This doesn’t change the outcome at all, but it does make it quicker should you so wish. The Sky Vegas game also includes an auto-bet function, which is basically an auto-play for up to ten races. To activate this, simply place your chosen bet then select auto-play. You can stop this at anytime simply by clicking stop on the controls.
The FOBT games don’t have this nor the turbo feature, but everything else is identical, and works much like Virtual Dogs. As well as the FOBT and Sky Vegas versions of the games, SiS also run many virtual races during the day, broadcast to all betting shops, and certain TV stations. The odds and runners for each of these change with each race, but always include a high odds outsider. The betting for these races is done on a standard betting slip within the bookies.
If you don’t like any horse, simply exit the game and re-enter for a new line up. This will show different horses with different odds. If you are looking for a particular horse, you may need to exit and re-enter several times over before your horse becomes available.