June 2019 Sports Update | Latest Racing & Sports Betting

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There is plenty of activity to keep Aussie punters warm during the brutal Australian winter.

The AFL is in the midst of the home-and-away season. There are bye weeks ahead, but even though there will be fewer games, most of the online bookies have a couple hundred markets per game every week.

It is just the first couple weeks of June, so no one will go wanting for an AFL punt as the various clubs at the top of the ladder jockey for finals positions while chasing Geelong and Collingwood, with GWS and Richmond seemingly poised for top four finishes, although West Coast, Brisbane, Adelaide and Fremantle might have a say before all is done.

The NRL is in full swing, other than some byes and some sort of tournament beginning a three-game series beginning in early June and ending mid-July. State of Origin is still hands down the best all-star exhibition anywhere on the planet.

South Sydney and Melbourne are trying to distance themselves from the 2018 premiers Sydney, but week-in-week-out, NRL punting is perhaps the best.

The ICC ODI World Cup in England and Wales is a cornucopia for cricket fans and Australia are resurgent and hoping to defend their title from 2015 and add a sixth to the collection.

England and India are the favourites and those who cannot conceive of backing either squad might find the World Cup the ideal opportunity to chase some healthy dividends through any betting markets that might go on offer.

June is the last significant month on the Australian Thoroughbred racing calendar, with the big races in Queensland starring. We would say Eagle Farm, but there are still lingering questions around the track’s fitness.

One of the biggest events of the month is the NBA Championship Final between the Golden State Warriors and the Toronto Raptors.

Golden State is looking for a third consecutive championship and fourth in the past five years, so it could be said that they have a dynasty in the making, although we are glad to see an opponent other than the Cleveland Cavaliers.

One of the side stories is the fitness of Keven Durant, but the Warriors have conclusively demonstrated that they can win without him. Toronto won one more game than Golden State during the 82-game regular season, so the Raptors hold the critical home court advantage.

The second Grand Slam tennis tournament of 2019, the French Open, got underway in the last days of May and will conclude near the middle of June. There will be match win markets, futures and all sorts of exotics, but the primary appeal for many will be to see if Rafael Nadal can win for a 12th time and continue his chase of Roger Federer for the highest number of Grand Slam tournament victories.

Speaking of chases of all-time records, the U.S. Open is in June and will be played at Pebble Beach in California, as Tiger Woods will have his next opportunity to close gap of three Major victories that separate him from Jack Nicklaus.

While we personally enjoy baseball, particularly of the level the top MLB teams present, we find it a difficult proposition in terms of wagering, but those of you who care for a punt will typically encounter as many as 500 markets for the league in the day or two ahead of the schedule.

There are two Formula One races in June, one in Canada and one in France. Mercedes is running away with the Constructor standings, but Valtteri Bottas is making Lewis Hamilton work for the Drivers’’ Championship.

The highly entertaining Virgin Australia Supercars Championship will be in Darwin mid-June for the BetEasy Darwin Triple Crown and expect a big bookmaker market.

If soccer is your poison, there is always a game going on somewhere, so punters of that sport will have plenty to keep them occupied.