Portman Park is a virtual racing classic. However, with recent developments there are plenty of users that are unsure about how and where you can bet on Portman Park. Below, we hope to answer any questions you might have:
While the horses, jockeys, and races look fairly realistic, the outcomes are determined by a Random Number Generator (RNG). It’s best to think of betting on Portman Park more akin to betting on the 49’s lottery than to betting on horse racing. For example, betting on horse racing you take into account elements such as form, weather, conditions, etc, however, betting on virtual racing is picked from an algorithm. There is no way to gain an advantage over the bookmaker.
Like real horse racing, customers can place bets on virtual horse races. They can choose to bet on a horse to win or place, or engage in more complex bets such as Forecast and Tricast. The odds given to each horse reflect its theoretical chance of winning.
Originally, Portman Park was offered only in betting shops - the TV screens show Portman Park alongside other live sports. However, recently, Portman Park has become available online. The following bookmakers offer Portman Park betting:
See the upcoming Portman Park races you can bet on with our Portman Park racecards.
At the time of writing, you can only watch Portman Park from a bookmaker shop. Hopefully, SIS will expand this to online too.
Virtual horse races often happen at a much higher frequency than real horse races. SIS operated races (Portman Park, etc) typically have 45 races per day and run every single day. Races usually start around 6am and finish around midnight.
Modern virtual horse races have come a long way in terms of graphics and realism. Some platforms even provide fictional backgrounds, histories, and form guides for the virtual horses, adding to the immersive experience. For example, the Virtual Grand National is ran as a simulation of the actual runners - so each virtual runner is based on a real-life runner and has their recent form uploaded.
It's crucial to ensure that the game is fair. SIS (the operator of Portman Park) have their RNGs tested by external agencies to ensure that results are truly random and not manipulated. SIS are also a UK licensed operator so must adhere to the strict UK gambling laws.
While virtual horse racing can be fun and entertaining, it's important to approach it with caution and to gamble responsibly. Always remember that it is a game of chance, and outcomes are random. See our Safer Gambling section for more information.