December will be along in a matter of days and while the month is usually associated with holidays and celebrating, it also offers plenty of fine punting opportunities.
Punters who like the codes with the biggest number of markets can find plenty on offer with the NBL, the A-League, the Premier League and the three American codes of gridiron, college and professional, as well as the NBA and NCAA for top-flight basketball. To a lesser degree, the National Hockey League typically offers around 50 markets per fixture.
Thoroughbred racing is not entirely quiet, although the major races of the spring carnivals are behind us. The big feature of the month is the Group1 Kingston Town Classic at Ascot, there are a couple of Group 2 races and five Group 3s, but racing is going on all the time and those who do a little digging might find bookmakers with bonus bet promotions going.
Domestically, cricket is in the spotlight and the Australian national team will be on display in various formats, with both the men and women’s squads playing everything from Tests to T20, Sheffield Shield and more.
Cricket is a tough punt in our view, but punters can generally find Test matches offering well above 50 markets. There are futures markets, too. The first World Test Championship is underway and will run through 2021 for punters with patience.
India are $1.73 favourites with Ladbrokes, while Australia is on the second line for $3.50.
Nearer the middle and end of the month, the Big Bash League futures are headed by the Brisbane Heat, with Hobart, Renegades, Stars, Adelaide, Perth Sixers and Thunder tightly bunched at prices ranging from $5 for Brisbane to $10 for Sydney Thunder.
BBL cricket enjoys a substantial following, so it would not surprise to find a few bookmaker bets on offer.
New South Wales are the favourites to win the Sheffield Shield, but the other states will not surrender quietly.
The next T20 World Cup does not start until October, but the futures markets are up and unlike racing, it is not likely that an all-in bet will find a country scratched.
Looking abroad, the NFL is heating up as the race for a playoff spot intensifies. Markets can be limited until just before the bounce and upsets are common, but those with the desire can find some rich dividends in many instances. The futures market for the winner of the next Super Bowl reveals four clubs at the top, led by New England ($3.75), Baltimore ($4.75) and two at $7, New Orleans and San Francisco. New England won last year, but they have looked anemic on offense since Rob Gronkowski retired, although they have the league’s most smothering defense.
The NBA picture is just starting to form, but the bookmakers will often offer some bonus betting markets, as Australia is fond of the game.
The Premier League is the place for punters who want lots of markets. A typical fixture often offers almost as many markets as the AFL, so no one will perish for want of a bet.
Early in December, the best golfers in the world will tee it up at Royal Melbourne for the Presidents Cup. The U.S. are the $1.40 favourites to the $3.25 for the internationals, but history has shown that over the course of a team competition, anything can happen and unlike some international competitions, the golfers truly care about winning and few will beg to be excused.
Those with a keen sense and a little luck might find the NBL punting offering a challenge. Typical fixtures often feature tight spreads in the head-to-head betting and the lines are often single digits, so punters, you have been put on notice.
So, while many will be occupied with Christmas and Boxing Day, there are plenty of good betting opportunities throughout the month of December.
All that is necessary is to log onto one of the bookmakers websites and do a little clicking, tapping, or swiping.
Of course, always remember to wager responsibly and make sure to use the bookmakers bonuses.