Can virtual sports betting improve the odds for punters?

Can virtual sports betting improve the odds for punters?

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 Totally Gaming
Neale Deeley said Betradar uses the same analysis tools for 'real world' and virtual sports

Betradar believes its virtual sports games can help punters to “test their analysis” ahead of betting on ‘real world’ events.

The gaming services supplier has released its Euro Cup virtual football game ahead of this summer’s UEFA Euro 2016 national team football competition in France, with the title already being integrated by more than 25 different operators from across the world, including Sportingbet and Nairabet.

While punters are eagerly anticipating the European Championships, the launch of Euro Cup means that rather than wait a full month for the 52 matches to take place, they can now watch and make bets on a full tournament in just 70 minutes.

Betradar - a subsidiary of Sportradar - utilises its Statistics Centre data to ensure its virtual products “offer the most realistic reflection of real events, outcomes and probabilities”, and said that Euro Cup is therefore “as true to life as possible”.

While many punters will enjoy the immediacy of the betting options available through Euro Cup, Neale Deeley, Betradar’s managing director (virtual gaming), told TotallyGaming.com that the comprehensive nature of the data means they can also make preparations for the real thing, which begins when France play Romania in Paris on June 10.

“The way we build all our virtual sports is to keep it as close as possible to the real sport so that punters get the same betting experience that they are familiar with,” Deeley said. “Having the same analysis tools as they have for real football is really useful for punters who want to research things before deciding on a bet. It lets them build confidence that they are making the right choices based on facts.

“As to the outcome of the virtual games helping punters in ‘real-world’ betting, the team strengths and weaknesses are based on data analysis of the real teams so tracking how teams perform in the virtual Euros may well help predict results of the real Euros.

“It seemed obvious to us that a virtual format that mirrors the real tournament would get operators and bettors excited. That has proven to be the case so far and we look forward to adding more operators in the run up to and during the competition.”

TotallyGaming.com says: "Virtual sports has become a hot topic in recent times and, while there will be no shortage of football over the next month, Euro Cup will offer an outlet for those fans that can't wait for the real thing."

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