I don't know about you, but I've only ever experienced the thrill of live horse racing a few times in the UK, both of which were for a stag do, so needless to say, it was a pretty awesome day all around with a few drinks and one or two winners along the way. Whilst I can't give you the lovely sunshine I enjoyed on those occasions, I can present you with a chance for a little punt thanks to Playtech's Virtual Horse Racing casino game. This fun game brings you dozens of odds to choose from, with a very respectable RTP of 94.50% in play.You'd think this would just be a case of placing your bets and watching the race, but this is virtual horse racing with a twist. Playtech has ensured that players stay engaged whilst at their track, with the Tipster section giving you a heads up on who the front runners might be. You can enter the Chance tab, too, where betting options of Win, Place, Show, Each Way, Forecast, and Tricast can be accessed. Finally, there's a Specials section where four unique casino related bets can be placed if you want to spice up your play.What do you say then folks? Shall we head down to the track for some fun and a flutter? Before we start checking out the recent form, why not try out our free Virtual Horse Racing demo game, It's available to play below.
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Playtech's Virtual Horse Racing
Horse Racing is in the top three sports worldwide for being bet on the most, with millions of punters enjoying a flutter on the nags each week. I guess it's one of those sports where even casuals have a few quid every now and again. I mean, we've all had a mate who is in the know or had a tip, haven't we, and everyone turns into an expert on picking a lucky name each year in the Grand National. As for other horse-related games here at Demoslot, we have a couple in our library if you want to check them out. First, there's Big Horsey Fortune from Inspired Gaming, or you could head down to Aintree instead and try out Grand National Sporting Legends, also developed by the studio of today's game review, Playtech.
Usually, in this section, I'd tell you about the pays that are available in the game, but as there are so many options to bet on, as we will find out later, there would simply be too many to list. I can tell you, though, that each race consists of 8 runners you can bet on with the minimum stake to play, starting at €0.10 and reaching a maximum of €500.
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Virtual Horse Racing Gameplay
Once you have studied the form and placed your bets, the race will begin. You now have two options that you can choose from. Firstly, you can skip the race and see the final results to find out if you have won, or secondly, and certainly my preferred option, you can watch the race in real time and shout as loud as you can at your phone or laptop, although I don't think that really helps determine the outcome.
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Virtual Horse Racing special features
Whilst these may not be bonus rounds as such, they do let you have a bit more fun when placing your bets and watching the race, so let's find out more the Tipster, Chance and Specials.
The Tipster page loads automatically. Competitor stats can be viewed, and simple win bets can be placed on this page. Stats for the favourite are shown by default. To view the stats of a particular competitor, press anywhere on the row containing the competitor's name and silk. The parade video will then show your chosen competitor along with associated stats to assist you in making your betting choices (not available on mobile). Stats consist of the number of Wins (1st place) and Places (2nd place). Also included are finishing positions in the last 6 races. The prediction visualisation shows the order, from greatest to least favourite, each competitor holds in the current race. Odds/returns are calculated according to the probability of each competitor winning.
This page offers some bigger payout opportunities. It automatically opens on the WIN / PLACE / SHOW & EACH WAY bets tab. More bets can be navigated via the adjacent FORECAST & TRICAST tab.
WIN / PLACE / SHOW & EACH WAY
WIN bets are selected from the first column (left) in the same way as on the TIPSTER page. After a win bet is selected, however, you may then select an additional EACH WAY (EW) bet for your selection by pressing the white box to the immediate right of the placed chip. This is a second bet, which adds another stake of the same value as the win stake. Each Way bets pay the first 2 places in races with 5 to 7 competitors and the first 3 places in races with 8 or more competitors. If your selection wins, you win both the WIN bet and the Positional bet. If your selection comes in 2nd or 3rd, you only win the 2nd or 3rd position bet.
PLACE bets (selected from the middle column) are selected, predicting which competitor will finish in one of the first 2 positions.SHOW bets (selected from the right column) are selected, predicting which competitor will finish in one of the first 3 positions.
FORECAST & TRICAST
A FORECAST bet is a single bet consisting of 2 selections. It pays when both the winner and the 2nd place finishers are predicted in the correct order. To select a bet, choose your winner from the 1st column. Your number selection will be shown under YOUR PREDICTION. The second column will now become activated for you to place your second finisher prediction. The potential return shown in the returns field (bottom right) will be based on the currently selected or placed chip. The Tipster’s prediction is shown for your guidance only.A TRICAST bet is also a single bet consisting of 3 selections. This predicts 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers to win in that particular order and pays out when all selections finish accurately. The YOUR PREDICTION field reflects this selection in the same way as the FORECAST bet.Only 1 TRICAST or FORECAST bet can be selected or placed at a time before adding to the bet slip or clearing the page. You may then select and place more bets as the page is cleared. If you want to alter the selections made in each column, you may select a different runner per column until you are happy with your selection. You cannot choose the same competitor to finish in more than 1 of the 3 positions.
This page holds casino related bet types:
ODD OR EVEN: To predict the winner to be either an ODD or EVEN number, select either associated returns fields.
BLACKJACK: Select this returns field if you predict that the sum of the first 3 competitor numbers to finish will equal 21.
BACCARAT: Select this returns field if you predict that the sum of the first 2 competitor numbers to finish will equal 9.
LAYING THE FAVOURITE: Select this if you predict the TIPSTER’S chosen favourite (shown in the returns field) will not finish within the top 3.
ANY 7: Select this returns field if you predict that the sum of the first 2 competitor numbers to finish will equal 7.
A day out at the races can be enjoyed no matter what the weather is like.
There are lots of fun and exciting bets that can placed.
Newbies may find some of the bets confusing at start.
virtual horse racing review Final Thoughts
I'm more of a casual racing fan, but occasionally, I do like to play some different casino games just to have a change from the slots. If you're also a player that likes a bit of variation or are strictly a virtual casino player, then Playtech's Virtual Horse Racing is bags and fun and a game I'd recommend you try out.