With the 2018 NRL and AFL Grand Finals mere days away, punters need not worry about a lack of punting opportunities in October, as the month will offer enough markets in sports and racing to satisfy even the most avaricious appetite. Of course, rugby never goes away, it just moves around and there will be rugby union internationals near the end of the month. Early October will feature South Africa versus New Zealand and Australia versus Argentina.
Spring racing carnivals are in full swing during the month, so the big metro tracks are holding the biggest races of the year and the country tracks will be going all out as well.
The big Thoroughbred racing stories of October are, of course, the attempt by Winx to win a fourth consecutive Cox Plate and erase the tie she currently shares with Kingston Town. The mighty mare is sitting on 27 consecutive wins and number 29 will be one for the ages. She has captured the attention of racing punters and the public in a way no other has since Phar Lap was the darling of the country going on 100 years ago. On the very first day of October, Winx will be out for the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes at Flemington and while she may face a larger field that she typically does in Sydney, the outcome is not in much doubt.
The other big race going off in October is The Everest, where 12 horses will vie for a share of the prizemoney in the world’s richest turf race.
We cannot fail to mention the Caufield Cup, along with the implications it presents for the Cups Double.
There are nine Group 1 races during the month, so this might be the ideal time to join Sportsbet for a $150 Bonus Bet. There are also 12 Group 2 races and 17 Group 3s, so racing punters who have stockpiled their bonus bet promotions can participate without breaking the bank.
Other domestic sports markets will jump in to fill the void, with the NBL set to get underway in October. The league enjoyed a record year last season and this year looks to be equally impressive, with Andrew Bogut and other former NBA players, players who used to wrap up basketball careers in Europe, now finding Australia equally or more hospitable.
Football may be quieter in terms of the AFL and the NRL, but that does not mean it will not be played. The real football, as played by the EPL, is already underway and will have dozens of games during October. The domestic A-League competition launches nearer the end of the month and is sure to see a bump in interest following the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Soccer is always good for a punt, although outcomes can be unpredictable, as past results are not always indicative of future results, but here is another excellent opportunity for punters to be on the lookout for bonus bookmaker bets and betting markets on a regular basis.
Punters who follow cricket will find that they have not been forgotten in October.
ODI play featuring Zimbabwe and South Africa is featured in the early part of the month, followed soon after by a Test series between India and West Indies. Australian Test action against Pakistan will be ongoing during October. The Poms have a five ODI series lined up with Sri Lanka that spans most of the month.
Along with four-day play, there is plenty of ODI and T20 international series for lovers of top-level cricket and there will be plenty going on locally, so October serves as the gateway to all the major summer action.
This is a Ryder Cup year, and this one will be held in France and judging from the lists the U.S. and Europe have assembled, this edition might be one of the more compelling in terms of drama. The U.S. is looking to end a 25-year drought of winning on foreign soil and the re-emergence of Tiger Woods and the strong play of FedEx Cup champion Justin Rose and a host of strong European players cannot be overlooked by the golf-betting crowd.
Motorsports fans who follow Formula One racing have the U.S. Grand Prix in Austin Texas near the end of the month and the final race of October will be held in Mexico, with the conclusion of the season to follow with two races in November.
With four races remaining on the season, Lewis Hamilton and Team Mercedes leads Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari by 40 points, so the championship is not a foregone conclusion.
The Virgin Australia Supercars Championship is shaping up as a fight between Shane Van Gisbergen of Red Bull Holden Racing Team and Scott McLaughlin of the Shell V – Power Racing Team. Van Gisbergen has only a 55-point lead over McLaughlin. During the month, the circuit will contest the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 and the Vodafone Gold Coast 600 and if this year is anything like recent years, the contest for the big prize will come down to the last race.
Elsewhere in the world, Major League Baseball is set to begin playoff series and in the waning days of September, only a couple of the teams have secured a playoff slot, with a respectable handful still in the hunt with just a few regular season games remaining.
The National Football League is well underway in terms of playing meaningful games. One of the big stories of the 2018 – 2019 season, so far as Australian observers are concerned, is the Australians who are becoming increasingly common in the NFL. The Seattle Seahawks have found a gem in a young Aussie named Michael Dickson, who is putting on a clinic in precision and power punting that has the other clubs in the league eager to poach Aussie Rules footballers who are interested in big money and small workloads.
Dickson was selected in the fifth round, which is astounding, as punters are rarely drafted at all, so to go in the fifth round is something that has never before occurred.
The National Basketball Association begins play in October, with perhaps the biggest story, at least at the outset of the season, being the move of LeBron James from Cleveland Cavaliers to Los Angeles Lakers.
The Nation Hockey League gets underway in October as well, so international markets will not be scarce.
We have only just lit upon a few of the punting opportunities during the month of October, focusing mainly on the professional leagues and competitions, but the month might be an excellent time to make sure to use the bookmakers bonus bets and promotions to get that extra edge to keep you in front.