Virtual horse racing in the UK is coming closer thanks to the opening of betting on a virtual racecourse at newturf.com.
The new betting service, which launched on January 7th, is the first virtual horse racing site which makes serious betting viable.
Many are familiar with the virtual races which are broadcast by SIS, however, asides from the graphics; these races are little more than a lucky number draw.
Newturf on the other hand, is a multi-player, horse racing strategy game and its races offer a unique betting proposition.
Newturf contains a number of virtual racehorses each of which possesses individual characteristics which will react to different ground conditions and race distances. They will even perform differently according to which jockey is riding them.
The virtual racehorses are also owned, trained and ridden by people within the game. The people have different skills and abilities which will affect the horse’s long term development and hence the outcome of virtual races.
Newturn.com is owned by Palamax Betting and Gaming, a fully licensed UK based gambling operator. The site will open to real money bets from January 21st and types of bets available include win, place, exacta, trifecta and combination bets.