SIM Sports Betting


Sim betting represents an adaptation to the international crisis in sports betting in 2000. With the coronavirus pandemic raging, nearly every sport in every league in every country around the world has cancelled or put on hiatus the remainder of their schedules, while others are pushing back the start of their season – not to mention the dearth of sports betting. No games, no action, right?

Right – until now. MyBookie and some other sportsbooks have started a number of broadcasts using EA Sports’ uber-popular sports video games as basis. Just as though the given sports were being played by actual humans, the sportsbook will post on odds page for each game/event scheduled for that day. After beginning with the basics (the NFL’s Madden 20 and the latest iteration of the NBA2K franchise), sportsbooks have evolved the virtual sports game betting product further to include well more sports and betting possibilities.

What’s more, these “games” are broadcast daily either through the given sportsbook’s website or on a streaming platform such as Twitch or YouTube, allowing NFL bettors to chat with one another as the virtual game progresses just as they would in a Las Vegas sportsbook. Try your hand at betting on CPU vs CPU matchups in…

NFL Football - Madden 20. The combination of America’s gambling obsession and EA Sports’ flagship product made NFL sim games a natural – after all, how many Americans have already experienced betting on Madden? Madden betting is getting the lion’s share of attention in terms of action and media coverage at online sportsbooks. What’s wild is that, pandemic or no, this is precisely the time of year which usually generates the *least* NFL betting.

NBA 2K SIM Basketball. NBA basketball was also an easy choice; EA Sports’ NBA 2K gets the most marketing and arguably makes the biggest leap year-to-year in graphics quality. Plus, sportsbooks are able to simply pick up the league schedule at the point the season was abandoned.

NCAA basketball. April Madness, anyone…? Using the NBA2K engine, My Bookie tipped off its “2K Madness Tournament” on April 7, complete with bracket, rankings and bets – including odds on the tournament winner. (Kansas started as favorite and Dayton went off in the no.2 spot.) Games are over in 30 minutes, with just five-minute quarters employed.

NASCAR and other motor sports. Betting on sim motor sports has proven highly popular, and the NASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series combined eSports and sim sports in an exciting combination which has won over audiences of 1 milion-plus through ESPN broadcasts and untold action at online (and even Vegas!) sportsbooks.

UFC/MMA. Several sportsbooks have run combat sport matches for betting purposes, but betters of UFC have an interesting opportunity coming up. The UFC 249 card on April 18 has been cancelled, so some sportsbooks will be duplicating the card virtually and take bets on the fights.

Soccer. It’s unlikely that the sportsbooks have researched the appeal of virtual sports game betting in Europe and South America, but it’s also unlikely that the world’s most popular game will avoid the sim betting treatment for long. On the other hand, the eSports world appears to have a strong stranglehold on eSoccer games -- and they're providing plenty of betting markets.

Like everyone else, we hope the coronavirus pandemic is offer sooner rather than later, but for now virtual sports game betting is a fun and exciting diversion. Good luck!


On the road to the Sim Bowl: Betting the Madden Madness sim NFL tournament

Saturday, 23 May 2020 13:59 EST

Can you believe we’re already just one week away from the Super Bowl? Well – the BetOnline Madden Sim Super Bowl, that is. The final games in the simmed regular season, played using 2019 rosters, have ended and the tournament phase begins.

Bet Online’s Madden sim game distinguished itself from many an online sportsbook’s offerings in its unique format – which the actual NFL might consider using in a shortened-season scenario, except for the whole games-every-day thing, we suppose…

The teams in each of the league’s eight divisions squared off in round-robin format over six games in World Cup tournament-style. After round-robin play, tournament play begins. In round one, all 32 teams compete in single-elimination games. The seeding here is determined by grouping teams from each division with its conference counterpart and ranking by record in pool play. So for example, the round one game in the West features the no. 8 “Los Angeles” Chargers at the no. 1 San Francisco 49ers.

The Sweet 16 round runs May 27-28 and will elimination all but two teams in each region for the Elite 8 round of May 29. The Final Four round (slated for May 30) will be made up by the winners of the North, East, South and West brackets, while the Madden Sim Bowl happens on May 31 – probably just in time for another season of sim football betting because why not?

Click on the image below to see the Madness Madness tournament schedule. All games may be watched live on Twitch at twitch.tv/betonlinemadden.

BetOnline sim football betting

Since the Final Four round will be reseeded, NFL bettors can’t exactly cover a futures bet on a winner and in fact Bet Online isn’t offering this particular prop bet. However, what is incredibly interesting is the real-life Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs and NFC champion San Francisco 49ers are both seeded in the West.

But hey, let’s throw some predictions out there anyway. We’ll go with the no. 1 Ravens from the North, the no. 2 Chiefs from the West, the no. 2 Texans from the South and no, NFLbets won’t be going against even the sim Patriots, no. 1 seed in the East. So it’s probably Ravens vs Chiefs in the ’Bowl. Though we’ll just be, as they say, taking these games one at a time.

As for how to bet on Madden Football sims – if you’re not already in the know – It’s as simple as betting on sports as you normally would, though offerings are limited to a few basics such as pointspread, money line and over/under bets for the game, quarter and first half; no player props and other proposition bets are available, though for the Big Game, who knows…?


UFC 249 Justin Gaethje vs. Tony Ferguson: Odds and Predictions

Thursday, 07 May 2020 19:43 EST

How to Bet UFC 249 Justin Gaethje vs. Tony Ferguson


The UFC 249 fight card might be one of the deepest and most exciting mma events in years, certainly the most highly anticipated mma event in 2020. While the entire sporting world sits at a standstill during this global pandemic, the UFC seems intent on pushing a business as usual schedule. Perhaps that’s not entirely accurate, as UFC 249 in Jacksonville, Florida this coming Saturday (May 9th, 2020) will take place in front of no fans. Social Distancing measures will not permit fans at this time. The only possible way to proceed is as a ‘closed event’ status. With all said, fans are jumping for joy at prospect to watch the next UFC event, “it’s history in the making”!

The main card promises to be an absolute beauty, so we are going to do out best to break it down, complete with UFC 249 odds and predictions.

MMA UFC 249 Full Card Odds

Greg Hardy (-215)Vs Yorgan De Castro (+175)

The main card kicks off with a Heavyweight battle between a pair of fighters who have paid their dues in the Contender Series before jumping to the UFC proper. Hardy is perhaps best known for his time in the NFL, but his high profile has seen him land on several cards thus far, albeit with a mixed bag of results. You never really know what you are going to get from Hardy, as he goes from looking great to looking terrible from one fight to the next. De Castro has power in spades, so the chances of this fight going the distance seems slim. Slight nod to Hardy here or you can take the dog value in betting Yorgan De Castro (+175).

Jeremy Stephens (+200) Vs Calvin Kattar (-255)

Next up on the main card is a Featherweight bout that should deliver some serious action. Stephens is one of those fighters who has been around for about a decade or so now, and while never really scaling the heights of the division, he is a fighter who will go head to head with anyone, compiling a 28-17 record along the way. Kattar is a fighter on the rise and one that we should probably be keeping an eye on. I think he continues to move up the ranks with a win here.

Francis Ngannou (-270) vs Jairzinho Rozenstruik (+210)

Originally slated for 5 rounds, this one has been moved back to a 3-rounder, but given the power that both of these men possess, shaving off a couple of rounds probably isn’t really going to matter. Ngannou has, after a loss at UFC 226, rebounded with a trio of wins via KO that he delivered in a combined time of just over 2 minutes. Rozenstruik has won each of his 10 bouts and loudly campaigned for a fight with Ngannou, which may well come back to haunt him, as I think he is in a little over his head in this one. Ngannou was at -300 earlier this week until some solid action came in on Rozenstruik to move the line down to -270. This fight is also the favourite to end the fastest on Saturday at +100.

Henry Cejudo (-235) Vs Dominick Cruz (+195)

This bantamweight bout is a bit of a strange one in that it’s a little tougher to know what to expect. Cejudo, the reigning champion, is coming into this bout on a 5-fight winning streak and looks like a good bet against a fighter who has not set foot in the Octagon since December 2016. Do not let that fool you, though, as Cruz has all the tools to come out and win this one. I just think that he might need a fight or two under his bet before he is back at his best, so I am on Cejudo to win. The champ opened as a -270 favourite, but action on Cruz has dropped that number to Cejudo -210 with the challenger at +160.

Tony Ferguson (-173) Vs Justin Gaethje (+143)

The event will be headlined by Justin Gaethje battling Tony Ferguson for the interim lightweight championship, with the winner likely facing champion Khabib Nurmagomedov down the road. Ferguson opened as a -185 favourite before moving up to -200 with Gaethje coming in as a +150 underdog. The Ferguson side is seeing most of the action, but bettors also like Gaethje to score the upset by knockout or TKO at +170. Gaethje does have the power, but does he have the defense to last 5 rounds with Ferguson on a scorecard?
Ferguson’s been so efficient, he’s on a 12-fight win streak. Many fans would like him to see that continue to lucky number 13 in a row.

Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone (+120) and Anthony “Showtime” Pettis (-150)

Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone, line is moving down from a +125 to +120 underdog in his matchup with Anthony “Showtime” Pettis (-150). I do see this one getting closer to even but in MMA there always has to be a dog price. Cowboy says he wasn’t ready for his last match a lose versus Conor McGregor. Anthony Pettis is coming off 2 straight tough loses but as the younger, quicker guy he should be ready for a good showing vs Cowboy. Although, I might lean towards a split decision in Cowboy’s favor the smart angle here is to jump this Mybookie freebet promotion.


Basically it’s a win/win with no risk on this Cerrone vs Pettis fight. What’s a free bet? It’s one you can’t lose. If you bet on Cowboy at +120 and Cowboy wins you win. If Cowboy loses then you get your first wager refunded up to $49. Either way you can’t lose. Take the dog pricing and max out on your risk of at least $49 on this fight.
**Note the only bet that qualifies is the pre-match fight winner. Must be a straight bet. Must be a cash bet.**

As you can see from some of the movement on the odds board, there are a lot of underdogs that bettors like in this card. There are also some betting options for the entire card. You can bet over/under the number of total Decision victories (5.5 over +150), KO/TKO victories (5.5 under -130), and Submission victories (1.5 over -130) or take a swing at a piñata prop that is paying +2500 for the total number of rounds in UFC 249. You can also bet on the UFC SIM events which are being streamed on twitch and you can even parlay the SIM events with the real UFC card for some crazy parlay payout odds. This is going to be a very crazy mix.