Penalty Shoot Out is an online virtual sports game with a football theme available at Ladbrokes in both Real Play and Demo Play modes. Demo mode is a no-obligation game that doesn’t require money or a Ladbrokes account. The game gives you a £500 funny money balance, and if you hit rock bottom, you can simply start the game over.

The goal of Penalty Shoot Out is to emulate a shoot-out contest in a soccer match. In the Real Play mode, bets range from £0.50 to £1,000, and there are five strikers, each of which you’re wagering on individually. So the default bet is £0.00 because you don’t actually have to bet on any particular striker.

For each striker, there are three possible outcomes: Goal, Save and Miss. When we reviewed the game, Earl Adkins was the striker in the number one position, and he offered odds of 1.62 for a goal, 3.25 for a save, and 6.00 for a miss. In other words, if you bet £5 on Adkins to miss and he did, the game would pay out £5 times 6.00, or £30. Although there are some other factors that we’ll discuss in a moment.

When filling out the bet slip, the only restrictions is that you bet on at least one striker, and that the overall ticket amount does not exceed the account balance. So in Demo Mode, you’ll have to keep that first bet under £500. Once the slip is completed and submitted, Penalty Shoot Out enters into the game mode.

In game mode, the player has a view of the net broken down into zones. Each zone has its own value, and the value indicates how likely it is for the striker to score or miss, or for the goalkeeper to make a save. Your goal is to match what happens on the field to the bets you made on the slip. The challenging aspect is in shot selection. If you play it safe, you win based on the initials odds, but if you’re willing to take some risks, you can reach even higher jackpots.

Some players might call Penalty Shoot Out complex, but it caters to the kind of player who loves football and stats. There’s certainly a bit of a learning curve here, but the rewards and skill-based aspect certainly make it all worth it.