Virtual greyhounds betting occurs when people place a wager on the outcome of a virtual greyhound race, the digital equivalent of real-life greyhound races. Featuring six VR dogs, released from six VR traps in a quick sprint around an oval VR track, VR greyhound racing is as close to the real thing as we can possibly get.

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Virtual greyhounds betting is about as straightforward as virtual betting gets. There are not too many betting markets to get exhausted by and are essentially set to the same rules are regular, real life greyhound races. Basically, it amounts to six “dogs” racing around a track, with the first one past the finish line crowned the winner.

Virtual Greyhounds at Coral

Video stream of virtual greyhound race about to start at Coral

Coral clearly take their virtual betting incredibly seriously, meaning Coral is a great place to go if you’re looking for some first class virtual greyhound betting action. Coral run a race every three minutes which keeps the action ticking along nicely without ever getting boring. These races, which each come with realistic graphics and sounds, will be running right through the night and day, so you can get involved whenever you like.

Virtual Greyhounds at Betfred

Odds displayed for virtual greyhound race at Betfred

Betfred offer a truly outstanding virtual greyhounds betting service, which includes Rush Greyhounds on top of virtual greyhound races that go off every three minutes. For each and every race, bettors can wager on the potential race winner, forecast (top two) and tricast (top three). As soon as each race is underway, Betfred customers are treated to an accompanying virtual live stream with top notch graphics and fully immersive and realistic sounding commentary.

Virtual Greyhounds at Ladbrokes

Virtual greyhound 'Dainty Boss' displayed with odds of 8/1 at Ladbrokes

It should come as no surprise that Ladbrokes also offers a very impressive virtual greyhounds betting interface. The bookies offers punters fantastic graphics, state-of-the-art sound effects and races taking place every 3 minutes. In addition to this, you can also enjoy a choice of win/each way, forecast, and tricasts bets. With so many races on offer all throughout the day, anybody considering betting on virtual greyhounds should absolutely give Ladbrokes a go!

Virtual Greyhounds at BetVictor

Odds displayed for virtual greyhound race at BetVictor
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BetVictor offer a full virtual betting service that includes one of the very best virtual greyhound betting offerings online. At this site, they run a virtual greyhound race around every four minutes, right around the clock, on repeat 24 hours a day. As well as offering such an excellent frequency of virtual races to bet on, Betvictor’s virtual greyhounds are fully backed up with brilliantly realistic animated dogs, accompanied by commentary as near to what you would hear at the track to round off the experience perfectly.

Virtual Greyhounds at Paddy Power

Virtual Greyhounds and odds at Paddy Power

With real sounding crowd cheers and full commentary, the virtual greyhound service provided by Paddy Power aims to bring you as close to the real thing as possible. The other fantastic thing about VR dog racing at Paddy Power is that they manage to squeeze in more races in an hour than most of the other sites listed here, because their races go off every two minutes.

Virtual Greyhounds at Betfair

Virtual Greyhound 'Sally Flyer' displayed at odds of 3/1 at Betfair

The Betfair sportsbook has a strong performing virtual selection that includes many virtual sports, including virtual football. It's no surprise, then, that their virtual greyhound offering is as good as any out there. The graphics are first class, the stadium noises are realistic and the races are well-run. Plus, virtual dog races at Betfair go off every two minutes all day, every day.

Virtual Greyhounds at bet365

virtual greyhounds at bet365

The fun never stops at bet365 as their virtual greyhound races begin every single minute of the day; this comes up to 1440 daily and unique betting opportunities. What’s more, all of the graphics at bet365 are top-notch, as is the commentary that helps bring the action to life. The experience is fully rounded off by authentic stadium noises.

Virtual Greyhounds at NetBet

Virtual Greyhounds race comes to an end at NetBet

At NetBet, virtual greyhound races go off all day. That whenever that betting mood strikes, the team at NetBet ensures you won’t have to wait long. At NetBet, bettors can back a dog to win, or make tricast and forecast bets too. Plus, with such realistic graphics, you’ll think you are really at the races!

The good news is that, yes, greyhound betting is fair. This is because the results of the races are determined by random number generators (RNGs). Of course, this RNG will factor in the odds to make the favourite more likely to win, but, as in real life, this is no guarantee so take it on the chin when your pick loses. Plus, the software that produces the result is subject to regular testing and scrutiny to ensure fairness. This is, after all, why betting sites and gambling operators are regulated – or at least they should be!

OK, so you know what virtual greyhound betting is – but do you know what types of bets you can place on the virtual dogs? Your options are actually pretty similar to the real life version of greyhound racing, meaning bettors can make the following types of bets on the virtual greyhound races:

Winner Bets

Just as it would be when real greyhounds are racing, a bet on the winner is exactly that – a bet on the winning dog. That is to say, the first dog over the finishing line. Note: some sites offer each way terms on the virtual dogs, which allows your VR dog to come in either the first two or three dogs in the race.

Forecasts

Forecasts are simply bets that punters place in which they predict the first two dogs to cross the winner’s line. Straight forecasts require you to get the order of the two finishers correct, but a reverse forecast, which costs twice as much, allows for the dogs to switch order and still make a winning bet.

Tricasts

Tricasts are basically the same as above but features three dogs rather than two. So, to win, you need to pick the three dogs that finish first, but again, these need to be in order. Unless, that is, you have backed an combination tricast which allows the dogs to mix up the order and still make a payout.

As these are virtual races and the dogs and events are all put together inside a computer system, there is little we can do to prepare for a race. At the end of the day, there is no form that we can study, so it’s better to play the odds. Even this, however, doesn’t guarantee success, as the computer always attempts to randomise outcomes as much as possible.

Now, you might be thinking that there is no way that virtual greyhound betting is better than real life greyhound betting. And you would be right – of course it isn’t, and we’re not going to try and pretend it is. But it is comparable and there are plenty of advantages to virtual greyhound betting too.

A big plus, for example, is being able to bet on demand, around the clock, all day, every day. The average waiting time between races is three minutes, meaning that you are only ever moments away from your next flutter, whether it’s four o’clock in the afternoon or four o’clock in the morning. It’s also worth noting that these races are very beginner-friendly, and require no studious reading of the form – for the simple reason that there is no form. The RNG does factor in the odds to find a winner, but history counts for nothing, so it’s a great way to practise betting for the real thing. When you couple this with no dead heats and instant result announcements that lead to immediate returns, the pros of virtual greyhound betting become obvious.

Yes, the traps are colour coded in the same way.

In short, no. The form isn’t real and it’s far better to bet according to the odds.

It is regulated and fair and all results are generated by RNGs.

Yes, you can, just like the real thing.

No – due to copyright rules, all names of tracks, dogs and trainers are entirely fictional.

Virtual greyhound betting provides the perfect alternative to betting on live greyhounds, mainly because it is available around the clock – even when the real life racing has shut down for the day. Or, if you can’t wait for the next greyhound race to begin, then you can make a quick virtual greyhound bet in the meantime. If you are new to betting, then, as with virtual horse racing betting, things are straightforward and there is no need to understand or even attempt to read complicated form cards.

There is some truth to the claim that it lacks the thrills of real life greyhound racing, but the incredible graphics and sounds do help to bridge the worlds of real and virtual. So, as a replacement, when the racing is shut down for the day or merely as a bit of side action, virtual greyhound betting comes thoroughly recommended.

WRITTEN BY James Cormack View all posts by James Cormack

Big sports fan specialising in football. Experienced the lows of Vlad Chiriches and Tim Sherwood as a Spurs fan along with the more recent ‘success’ under Pochettino. My following of the New England Patriots since 2012 somewhat makes up for the lack of silverware produced by Spurs in my lifetime.

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