Now that the AFL and NRL is in hibernation, it might seem that there is no reason to visit the websites of our favourite bookmakers, even during those spare moments when we could pull out our mobiles and look for betting markets.
Well, it turns out that there are plenty of things in November to attract our insatiable punting appetites.
There is a certain thoroughbred horse race at the beginning of the month, on Tuesday, of all days, which might offer opportunities to avail ourselves of some good Bets we have been hoarding for a special occasion. After all, a race that can be instantly identified by even us hermits from the simple phrase, The Race That Stops a Nation, is worth at least a casual glance, maybe more than one glance, come to think of it, and those glances need not be completely casual, for that matter.
As the last of the Big Three races on the Australian thoroughbred racing calendar, anticipation is building to a fever pitch. By the way, did anyone happen to watch the just-run Cox Plate? It was race nine on the Moonee Valley card yesterday, but it appears that Winx jumped for race eight and the others waited until race nine to attempt to catch her.
Aside from the Melbourne Cup on November 1, which at the moment still lists Hartnell as favourite by many of our fine bookmaker agencies, despite Winx having left him for dead in the Cox Plate, there is plenty of Group 1, 2 and 3 racing action to be found in November.
Flemington will hold the Group 1 Crown Oaks on November 3, which is shaping up as an opportunity for Yankee Rose, followed by the Group 1 Emirates Stakes and the Group 1 VRC Sprint Classic, both on November 5.
Further to the west, Ascot will hold two Group 1 races, the first being the Railway Stakes on November 19 and the Winterbottom Stakes on the 26th.
Country and bush track racing is ongoing, as are trots and dogs, so racing punters have thousands of markets to choose from.
Soccer fans have both the EPL and A-League at their disposal as things are just beginning to get interesting for those punters who get a vicarious thrill from draws and 1 – 0 outcomes. The A-League will feature play from rounds five through eight and the EPL has 10 games per week, starting on November 6, meaning 10 head-to-head wagering opportunities plus hundreds more propositions of every type. Arsenal is leading the way for the moment, but Liverpool and Manchester, as well as Tottenham, figures to have their say as the season progress.
International soccer, as always, is ongoing, too, so it is possible to have multiple bets going on every day of the week with no fear of running out. Barcelona sits atop the standing in La Liga. Juventa is leading the pack in Serie A and those punters who want to support soccer in the U.S. can watch as the league gets into the postseason.
Speaking of the U.S., there might be a bit of MLB to watch in November, so long as the World Series takes at least six games to crown the 2016 World Champions.
For certain, though, gridiron will be occupying the majority of Yanks’ attention, with top college football in full swing as the NCAA undertakes the Herculean and labyrinthine task of figuring out which team goes to which postseason bowl game for which stakes.
The Canadian Football League will play week 20, the final week of regular season play before the playoffs begin in mid-November.
Things will start to get really interesting in the NFL as the playoff plot thickens. Teams are so evenly matched that on any given Sunday (or Monday or Thursday) even teams that have been written off for dead can arise Phoenix-like and throw a spanner into the works of the league leaders.
Those basketball fans will have the early weeks of the NBA to check out in a league that is slowly turning into a happy hunting ground for Australians have proved that they can play basketball on the biggest stage with and all comers.
Here at home, the NBL is enjoying a banner year, with attendance figures that seem on pace to set a new record and the quality of basketball seems to have leapt by an order of magnitude.
Finally, the States have top-notch ice hockey moving into high gear as the NHL moves into the heart of the regular season. College hockey will also be plentiful.
Two Formula One races remain to be run in November, with Brazil hosting one and Abu Dhabi the other, so punters keen on top-flight motor racing can tune in to see if Lewis Hamilton can overtake his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton for the top spot, or watch Daniel Ricciardo as he gamely battles to challenge those two.
The V8 Supercar has the ITM Auckland SuperSprint in November before the series concludes in early December. The left-turn specialists of NASCAR continue to race in November in quest of the Sprint Cup in the elimination series that culminates with the Championship being decided from among the top four drivers at the Ford Ecoboost 400 on November 20.
International cricket is one of the primary highlights of November. For starters, Team Australia will take on South Africa on November 3, 12th and 23 rd
Some of the opening events of international skiing will take place, with racers competing for Downhill, Super Giant Slalom, Giant Slalom and Slalom titles, as well as the overall title. Top Australian freestyler Matt Graham was a finalist in the 2014 Sochi Olympics took out a World Cup Gold Medal in Utah in 2016, finished runner-up in the series and was named 2016 Ski and Snowboard Australia Athlete of the Year. He continues to compete and prepare for the 2018 Winter Olympics at Pyeongchang.
There you have it, a small sampling of sporting events of every type for November 2016. We know there are thousands which space prohibited us from detailing, but your favourite bookmaker’s website will gladly supply you with all the information you could want or need.