The month of August will offer a veritable embarrassment of riches for online punters who not only enjoy a good punt, but also prefer that those punts mean something in the grader scheme of things.
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Here is a look at what the month of August holds for punters.
The home run is on in earnest in the AFL. Nine games every week will typically provide somewhere around 200 markets for each game, ranging from the popular conventional head-to-head wagers and line bets to the exotic, almost farcical propositions, such as first scoring play of the second quarter, and whether that score is a goal or a behind.
The Richmond Tigers will play the Collingwood Magpies at MCG on the first Friday night in August and the month will wind up on the 26th, 27th and 28th of August, with the exact schedule to be determined to accommodate the ladder and standings going into the finals. Bottom eight teams will be chomping at the bit to pull off an upset that has finals implications and teams with premiership aspirations will be trying to look ahead to the finals and keep key players on their lists healthy.
The NRL also see its season winding its way to the conclusion. August gets underway as the Cronulla Sharks remain atop the ladder, playing the Gold Coast Titans at Cbus Super Stadium. The last game of the month will be the Parramatta Eels against the St George Illawarra Dragons at Pirtek Stadium.
The Sharks currently enjoy the view from atop the ladder, but the Melbourne Storm has them in their sites, just two points back. The Cowboys of North Queensland and Bulldogs of Canterbury Bankstown are within hailing distance as well, both of them having accumulated 26 points as of this writing. The final order of the top eight should be compelling for rugby fans, as the Warriors, Titans, Panthers and Dragons are at 20 points after 17 games and the Tigers at 18 could sneak into the top half of the ladder as well.
Thoroughbred racing punters will be glad to see a full month of Group 3 and above racing make its return to the metropolitan tracks. The first race of the month is the Group 3 Auries Star Handicap at Flemington. That same weekend will see Randwick offering the Group 3 Missile Stakes, whilst down in SA, Morphettville will stage the Spring Stakes. The following weekend will see the first Group 2 racing of the season when Caulfield hosts the PB Lawrence Stakes, a 1400 m wfa affair. Randwick takes over the following weekend with the Group 2 Warwick Stakes and the Silver Shadow Stakes. The final weekend meeting of August at Caulfield will feature the first Group 1 race of the 2016 – 2017 racing season with the weight for age Memsie Stakes at 1400 m garners most of the attention. Rosehill gets involved that same weekend with the Group 2 Run To The Rose.
The 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro kicks off on August 3 with some preliminary events and some soccer action. The Games conclude on August 21. Aussie fans looking to tune in to see if Australian athletes can set a gold medal and overall medal record will want to pay attention beginning of the sixth day of the month when the swimmers get underway with eight days of action in the pool.
Golf fans can tune into the PGA Tour, although the schedule will have something of a gap as golf makes is return to the Olympics for the first time in 112 years, which is just about how long it should take to round up a field of professionals willing to forego million dollar paydays for a medal on a ribbon and a chance to listen to their country’s national anthem.
Over in the U.S., with the exception of Major League Baseball, the major sports are quiet, although the NFL will start preseason play in the middle of the month, with the season proper getting underway after the final preseason games on the first two days of September.
There will be a lot of NASCAR action in the U.S. as the circuit goes into its playoff series of races and works toward crowning a 2016 champion. NASCAR has a break in its schedule so as not to compete with the Olympics, but three races, including the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race in Bristol, Tennessee, will winnow the field down to the top finalists in the Race for the Cup. Kyle Busch won the Sprint Cup last year and is currently ranked second this year, thanks to three wins and 10 top-five finishes.
Soccer punters will be glad to see the Premier League get underway in the middle of the month when Leicester City takes to the pitch against Hull City. There will be all manner of head-to-head markets of course, as well as opportunities to wager on which sides will be promoted and which will be relegated. Chelsea figures to be in the mix for the championship again, after having produced a 16-game unbeaten streak.
August offers all punters of every level of expertise plenty of opportunities to put their knowledge to use and dig into the pockets of online bookmakers who are simply looking for every available chance to enrich their clients. Fire up those online wagering platforms and mobile apps and get busy tapping and clicking.