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Online Horse Racing Games

Aug 18, 2007
Without a doubt, the internet has changed the way we look at a lot of things. Today, a lot of things can be done online and horse racing is just one of those things. People like online games because this enables them to enjoy the thrill of a horse race without the hassles of having to go to a track.

There are various types of online horse racing games. Some just broadcast the results of actual races online and allow people to bet on those events. Some are actual games in which a person can play the part of the jockey and race his horse against others to win prizes or to get bragging rights. Others put players in the shoes of a trainer. They take care of their virtual thoroughbreds and train them for races against other players.

Although these games can be quite entertaining for some people, the fact remains that most people play because of the gambling. Online horse racing games provide what a gambler needs without requiring that person to even leave the comfort of his chair.

Bets in online horse racing games are done electronically. Peoples bets can be categorized into two:

1) Monetary Of course, most of the people who bet do so with real money. How do they do this? This can usually be done through credit cards or an electronic transfer. Some people can also choose to apply for an electronic account which may be reloaded through the bank.

One issue concerning is the fact that the prizes at stake are not really as big as what you would expect to win in an actual race track. This may be because of the fact that online horse racing games are still in their early stages. This means that fewer people bet on these races compared to betting on the track.

2) In-game certain MMORPGs or Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games incorporate a sort of online racing game in order to add excitement. Often, the prize at stake is a rare item which can be used within the game.

Simulation games such as the training game talked about earlier can also hold races with in-game prizes at stake. These items often have properties that would improve your chances every time you race. There are also people who sell these in-game items for actual cash.

One issue surrounding this is the fact that some gamers may take an online horse racing game too seriously and would pay some heavy costs for something that does not really exist.

Now, there are some concerns surrounding the game. First of all, computers do determine the outcome of races. How can a person be sure that the race was actually fair? Computers can be manipulated by people to produce their desired outcome. This means that the creator of the game can choose which horse will win.

Of course, some people say that it is not true. They often make use of programs that show accurate results without the need for human intervention. However, the very fact that it can be manipulated makes people wary. Think about this when you are looking for an online horse racing game.
About the Author
Warren lives almost next door to Los Alamitos Horse Race Track. He gets real live insider information from owners and jockeys. See what he has learned and start winning.

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