The month of October is a veritable excess or riches when it comes to punting opportunities.
Here is a breakdown on markets at which to look and some of the upcoming events that make October one of the busiest months of the year across every code and in every country around the world.
It does not take long for the month to get started. There is the AFL Grand Final on October 1. At this writing, four teams remain in the chase for the flag. Both Sydney clubs, the Swans and the Giants, have advanced to the preliminary finals, maintaining the potential of an all-Sydney Grand Final, which would be unprecedented given that the Giants have been around for only five seasons.
The Swans claim two premierships to their credit since relocating to Sydney from South Melbourne in 1982, but they had to strive for 23 years to win their first in 2005 and it took seven years, longer than the Giants have been in existence, for the second premiership in 2012.
The Swans will face the Geelong Cats at Melbourne Cricket Ground and the Giants will meet the Western Bulldogs on the Swans’ Spotless Stadium home ground.
There are over 500 markets for those two matches on Sportsbet, so now might be the ideal time to join Sportsbet.
You will have to be quick about it if you need some time to catch your breath after Aussie Rules football decides its 2016 champion, as the very next day, the NRL will put on their Grand Final at ANZ Stadium just about 24 hours later. The matter is down to the final four with the Cronulla Sharks meeting the North Queensland Cowboys at Allianz Stadium and the Canberra Raiders playing the Melbourne Storm at AAMI Park. Should the AFL wind up with an all-Sydney final, it will be up to the Storm to salvage some Victoria pride and show the northern interlopers that southern rugby is every bit as formidable as the brand from New South Wales.
Football, or should we say soccer, fans have plenty on their plate as well. The EPL, the premier league in the world, will launch October with week seven of the season, with the 1st and 2nd of the month offering nine matches. The Australian A League will have the first of 27 rounds beginning in early October as well. On the international level, there is so much going on that the mind boggles.
For punters who enjoy American Sports, all four of the major professional leagues will have action going on at some point in October. MLB will decide its World Championship after several playoff rounds that will culminate in the World Series, a best of seven affair that sees games played on the home fields on the winners of the National League and American League pennants.
The National Hockey League gets underway on October 13 for the 100th season in the league’s history, although this is just the 99th season of play as an entire season was missed in 2004 – 2005 due to a shortage of ice. Actually, it was a labour dispute. Thirty teams will play 82 regular season games to determine which teams make the playoffs and earn the opportunity to hoist the Stanley Cup, which was improbably won last season by the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Near the end of the month, October 26 in Oz, the NBA starts its 82-game regular season in the quest for the Larry O’Brien trophy won last year by the Cleveland Cavaliers, led by the incomparable, undisputed greatest of all time, LeBron James, who will have to seek a consecutive title without the benefit of the services of Matthew Dellavedova, who jumped to the Milwaukee Bucks in the offseason.
Of course, the NFL is getting into the meat of the season in October.
Last year’s Champions, the Denver Broncos, are rather adamant that their chances of repeating as champs are much better than the “experts” grant them. Sportsbet has them at $13 to reach Super Bowl 51, behind six other teams, including the Carolina Panthers that the Broncos decimated in Super Bowl 50. Even the Las Vegas wise guys have them at 20 – 1, behind seven other teams.
For punters who like the roar of engines and the smell of high-octane racing fuel being burned, or even those who prefer to watch their motorsports from the comforts of home or the friendly confines of their local boozer, there will be four Formula One races on which to have a punt or two to go along with one or two pints, with races in Malaysia on October 2, Japan on October 9, the U.S. on October 23 and Mexico on October 30. Aussie driver Daniel Ricciardo of Team Reb Bull has his work cut out for him if he wants to gain any ground of the dominant machines of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg of Team Mercedes.
NASCAR’s Race for the Cup playoff format will also offer for races in October, with a total of 1900 miles (3000 kilometres) of going fast and turning left.
Golf fans are in for a huge treat as the Ryder Cup will begin on September 29 and conclude in October, as the best players in the world from Europe and the U.S. (sorry Jason and Adam) engage in a tense team match play format that to the pros, is the most prestigious and coveted spot in the game.
You did not think that we would neglect thoroughbred racing did you?
The spring carnival features a crowded calendar of all the most prestigious races of the year. October, along with claiming the Caulfield Cup and the Cox Plate, has 14 other Group 1 races at Caulfield, Randwick, Moonee Valley and Flemington. There are nearly 40 races at the Group 2 and Group 3 level. One highlight of the month comes on October 8, when Caulfield will offer four Group 1 races, two Group 2s and two Group 3s.
Our sincere apologies to any punters whose chosen sport we did not mention, as you can see that we barely scratched the surface of thousands and thousands of betting markets offered by October.
Be sure to show up for work on time, brush your teeth and eat your vegetables. Keep those keyboard and mouse fingers limber and do not forget to keep a full charge on your mobile, lest you miss out on some the best punting of the year.