Golden Derby Virtual Horseracing Online
With the Golden Derby virtual horse race, gaming developer NetEntertainment (NetEnt) presents an alternative to the ubiquitous online slots games. Online gambling fans who want to take a break from the spinning reels can instead visit Golden Derby; a digital version of the Kentucky Derby.
Essentially, NetEnt has taken the old-fashioned mechanical horse races popular in casinos and gaming arcades for more than 100 years, and produced a computerised version. Golden Derby has realistic 3D animations with an appropriate soundtrack, as the game opens and zooms in over the starting gate. Players are presented with an eight-horse betting card and have a number of betting possibilities, just as they would at a land-based racetrack.
Golden Derby also allows players to check each horse’s previous form, and weigh up their betting options using the odds on each horse as a guideline. The major difference between Golden Derby and real-world horseracing, of course, is that instead of the result being up to the physical condition and racing temperament of flesh-and-blood horses, the eventual placing of the virtual runners is determined by a random number generator.
Golden Derby Betting Options
In the betting stage of Golden Derby, the horses are listed down the left-hand side of the screen with their odds, expressed as decimals, alongside them. Players can click on the Race Form tab to see each horse’s performance over the past five races.
There are three basic bets: 1st, 1st and 2nd, and 1st, 2nd and 3rd, which works in much the same way as an “each way” bet. There are also Exacta and Quinella options; to win an Exacta bet, the player must guess the horses that will come in 1st and 2nd, in the correct order. A win on a Quinella merely requires the player to get 1st and 2nd correct, although not necessarily in order. Players can adjust the denomination of the coins they are betting in, and place a variety of bets on each race, so the player remains in control of how much they spend; Golden Derby can be enjoyed by high rollers and those of more modest means alike.
Once the player is happy with the bets they have placed, they click “Start Race”, and the game plays out. Hooves thunder along the dirt track, as a commentator keeps the player informed of the action. Camera angles swoop and zoom as the horses sweep around the track, until they cross the finish line, which triggers an immediate replay of the photo-finish results just to make the first three horses absolutely clear.
As with NetEnt’s many Australian online pokies games, Golden Derby can be accessed by players all over the world at online and mobile casinos, so a huge potential pool of players makes a progressive jackpot option a big attraction. At the start of each race, eight numbers appears on the right-hand side of the screen. If all the horses finish the race in the order of those numbers, the player wins the progressive jackpot, which has an expected value of US$50,000.