Virtual Football is a next generation gambling game which gets around the inconvenient fact that football (soccer) games are not available 24/7 to bet on. With this game you are not just betting on a virtual reality match – you can wager your way through an entire season. The game was developed by Bet Radar, an innovative software house. Bitcoin sportsbook BetVip, who has made big waves in the industry despite only opening in June 2014, have now started offering this game for Bitcoins. This Bitcoin sportsbook is licensed, and has chosen not to allow US players at this stage.
This guide takes you through all you need to know to get started betting on Virtual Football for Bitcoins. First of all, you’ll find an overview of the game – including the bets involved and how it works. After that, the BetVip sportsbook is looked at, with an overview of how they work and their trust factors. Finally, if you are new to Bitcoin, you’ll find some pointers on getting started with this and making your first deposit.
This betting game literally gives you a season’s worth of football (soccer) to bet on around the clock. The games are virtual, and you can watch highlights of each match as it happens on the screen with stunning graphics. You can bet on the league itself, individual matches, correct scores and half time / full time action.
Each match is over in a few minutes, and you can then bet on the next round of matches. What makes this game special is that team statistics are available and develop as the season progresses. This gives you the chance to study the in-form teams, and to find value in the fixtures – rather than just treating this as a game of chance. The whole thing is controlled by the ‘Artificial Intelligence’ algorithms in Bet Radar’s software.
The experience is amazing, with the stronger teams climbing the league as each round of matches finishes. These are not real team names (presumably for copyright reasons). What you will find is the teams are named after European Cities and prefixed with VFL. All the game odds are in decimal format. If you are worried about the game integrity of this setup, then the eCogra certification of fairness should set your mind to rest.
Many Bitcoin sportsbooks, or casinos for that matter, are minimalistic and retro in nature. You’ll find that BetVip is the opposite, and could easily give any of the big established brands a run for their money. This book has a huge number of markets, a very professional design and even offers live betting.
Since this sportsbook is not US-friendly, the markets are more focused on football than the big 4 US sports. There are a huge amount of bets to choose from, with the current events listed at the top left for easy navigation, followed by the popular sports and then the full list. Bitcoin payments mean that this sportsbook has significantly lower running costs compared with those handling cash, which is passed on to players in the form of excellent odds on all of the events.
BetVip are licensed out of the Netherlands Antilles, where many other Bitcoin sportsbooks and casinos are regulated. They link to their certification from the footer of their website. There are discussions on the BitcoinTalk forums and no major issues with payments have been raised there or elsewhere online.
If you are new to betting with Bitcoin, there are 3 simple steps to get you to the point where you are able to place your wager. These can sometimes seem daunting to new bettors – however each one is very straightforward.
First, you need to buy some Bitcoin. With the current prices, this may not be a whole one. You can buy them in units of 1/1000th of a Bitcoin – this is known as a micro-Bitcoin or mBTC. To get them you need a special wallet to hold them and then to make your purchase. There are many established and reputable websites which handle both parts for you. Popular choices include CoinBase and BTC-E.
Once you have Bitcoin, you are ready to register at BetVip and to deposit. Registration does not even require a name as a mandatory field – though you will need to give your country – the only other thing needed is a valid e-mail address.
As soon as you are registered you can deposit some Bitcoin. When you click deposit you’ll get a long string of numbers and letters. This is a Bitcoin receiver id. You take this and paste it into the recipient field in your wallet, then press send. The transaction is instant, and free, meaning you’ll have the entire amount to hit the amazing Virtual Football game with.