The first month of 2016 appears to have more than a few reasons for punters to reach into their purses.
Thoroughbred racing at the group level is not exactly abundant, but two highlights exist in the 2400m Group 2 Open Handicap Perth Cup on 2 January and the Group 2 weight-for-age Australia Stakes at Moonee Valley 23 January. February Recap 2016
Then, there is a little thing called the Magic Millions going off 9 January, being promoted as the first $10 million day in Australian racing. Capitalist will not make much money for supporters, but he currently looks like the surest thing to turn $1 into $1.70 since before the start of the 21st century.
The playoffs will occupy most of the month leading up to Super Bowl 50 in February.
With one week left in the regular season, the final lineup of qualifying teams is not quite complete. Several teams control their own destinies, needing only to win their final regular season game to gain admittance to post-season play, but other teams need some fortuitous circumstances in the form of help from other contenders to extend their seasons beyond the first week of January. Anything can happen when an oddly shaped ball bounces unpredictably.
Punters who enjoy basketball at its highest level will have the benefit of a round ball that is a little more reliable, even though it may not always seem so even when placed in the hands of the NBA’s most adept players, but the regular season offers games an almost every day of the month, so there should be some good punts to be had.
The National Hockey League also serves up plenty of action and fans of ice hockey can look forward to the Winter Classic, when the game moves outside to be played in one of the NFL’s outdoor stadiums that can accommodate 70,000 or more fans who flock to see hockey played as it was when it was first invented and depended on winter to provide the ice.
Cricket fans have a big month ahead of them. The ODI series offers action on 2 January and has matches almost every day. There is also ICC World Cricket League action and international Test cricket for those who simply cannot get enough wickets. The Big Bash will also offer its share of opportunities. Best bookie for this one is Luxbet’s $700 First Deposit Match Offer.
Premier League Soccer will occupy the attention of punters who see week 20 going off on 2 January, with big days on the 12th, the 16th and the 23rd adding to a month of world-class soccer. There is also Australian A-League action, including close to 100 market for the 1 January meeting of the Western Sydney Wanderers and Adelaide United.
Snow sports fans will see plenty of World Cup action in January, with Lara Gut leading the charge for the Outright 2016 championship just ahead of Lindsey Vonn. On the men’s side, Marcel Hirscher is at the head of the pack for the moment with Askel Lund Svindal his closest pursuer.
Golf fans can welcome the return of the PGA with the Hyundai Tournament of Champions running from 7 – 10 January, followed by the Sony Open. Both of those are being contested in Hawaii. The last significant PGA tournament for the month is the Farmers Insurance Open 28 – 31 January in California. The LPGA also has events scheduled and the European Tour is playing in the Middle East and Malaysia.
Motor sports fans will enjoy the USSC’s Rolex 24 endurance race at Daytona closer to the end of the month, one of the more exciting events in the sport where speed and durability are put to the test under every type of racing condition.
Things may be a bit quieter in January, with many Australian punters choosing to place their wagers on the reliability of their cooling systems, but the month does offer plenty of opportunities for those willing to look overseas and to the north to find sports bets and plenty of action.