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Top 10 gambling events of 2020

27 January 2020

During this time of year, sports fans have their eyes set on 2 February for Super Bowl Sunday. While that is one of the biggest sporting events of the year, it is not the only highlight of the year for gamblers. Here, we take a look at 10 events that bettors should have circled on their 2020 calendar.

10. ICC Men’s Twenty20 World Cup
The seventh International Cricket Council Men’s Twenty20 tournament will take place from 18 October to 15 November, where the final will be held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Australia.

It is a 16-team tournament that sees the top eight ranked teams qualify for the Super 12s. The final four spots in the Super 12s will be determined in group play.

The last tournament took place in 2016, when the West Indies defeated England in the finals.

According to the bet365 Sportsbook & Racebook, Australia is the favorite to win this year’s tournament at 11-to-4 odds, followed by India at 7-to-2 odds.

9. NBA Finals
On 4 June, Game 1 of the NBA Finals will begin and a champion will be decided no later than 21 June. Last year, the Toronto Raptors took home the crown behind Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard. However, Leonard has moved his skill to the Los Angeles Clippers and determining a clear winning team is much more difficult this season.

Intertops Sportsbook has three teams tied as the favorite with 3-to-1 odds, the Milwaukee Bucks, the Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers. The defending champion Raptors are at 28-to-1 currently.

The Milwaukee Bucks have the best record in the NBA with a 40-6 mark. It is tough to not want to pick a team with only six losses so far this season, but there are several capable teams that can make a deep run in this year’s playoffs.

8. Summer Olympics
Beginning on 24 July, the world will get to experience just over two weeks of Olympic events through 9 August.

Tokyo, Japan will be home to the Summer Olympics for the second time, the first being in 1964.
There will be 50 different disciplines of 33 sports taking place at this year’s events, including basketball, aquatics, gymnastics, equestrian and much more.

There are 142 Olympics Committees that qualified to participate in the 2020 Summer Olympics. In 2016, the U.S. took home the honor of the most medals won with 121, followed by Great Britain with 67.

7. Wimbledon
A month before the Olympics begin, the tennis world will be occupied by the biggest tournament in the sport.

Wimbledon begins on 29 June. The women’s final will take place on 11 July and the men’s final will be the following day.

Novak Djokovic, the favorite to win the 2020 men’s tournament at +150, is the defending champion. The women’s returning winner is Simona Halep who has the second best odds at +750 behind Serena Williams at +600, according to Intertops Sportsbook.

This Grand Slam event has been held at the All England Club in Wimbledon, London since 1877.

6. Melbourne Cup
If you don’t know much about horse racing you may think the Triple Crown races are the only focus in the racing world. However, The Melbourne Cup in Australia on 3 November should be on any bettor’s radar.

The first Tuesday of November is always when the 3,200-meter race is held on. It is for thoroughbreds three-years-old or older and is located at the Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne. The race has been run since 1861 with the fastest ever time coming in 1990 by Kingston Rule with a final time of 3:16.3.

Cross Counter was the champion of last year’s race and $8 million prize. No horse has won the Melbourne Cup more than three times, only Makybe Diva has taken home the crown three times in the mid-2000s.

5. Kentucky Derby
As previously mentioned, the Triple Crown races are always the talk of horse racing in the U.S. The Kentucky Derby is coming off of a controversial finish last year after a penalty was given to change the outcome of the race and determining an incredible longshot winner. Country House was around 30-to-1 odds the morning of the race last year, before winning what will be a race that goes down in history.
This year on 2 May, fans will hopefully have a more clear-cut finish and winner compared to last year. The race is held annually in Louisville, Kentucky.

The last two races have been held in sloppy conditions due to weather, but hopefully the second day of May will have a better forecast for a cleaner race.

Nineteen horses made it to the gates last year with one being disqualified for illegal contact. It is tough to predict this far out who the favorite should be, considering horses can be scratched from the list just moments before post-time. However, keep 2 May on your schedule of major gambling events.

4. European Football Championship
For one month starting on 12 June, 12 countries will host matches as part of the 24-team UEFA tournament.

There have already been 20 teams to qualify, with the four remaining spots to be filled in March in the playoff round.

The 2016 finals went into extra time, where Portugal came out victorious over host-country France.
This year, England is the favorite to win it all on bet365 at 4-to-1 odds with Belgium right behind them at 5-to-1.

Portugal is listed at 16-to-1 and the country has already qualified. Portugal will look to become the second country ever to win the European Championship back-to-back. The only team to do it was Spain in 2008 and 2012.

3. World Series of Poker
The 51st edition of the World Series of Poker begins on 26 May and will run through 15 July. The Rio-All Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas will be the venue for the 51-day poker tournament, including the Main Event that will begin on 5 July.
The Main Event winner of 2019 was Hossein Ensan and he took home $10 million along with the most coveted poker title.
The 2020 tournament will aim to beat the record-breaking 2019 edition. A record $293,183,345 in prize money was created from the 187,298 entries, the highest ever in the WSOP.

2. March Madness
Here in New England, March is already crazy enough with the weather. Will it be snowing or will it be 75 degrees and sunny? Nobody knows. However, to add to the chaos, college basketball unloads constant games to sports fanatics.

Selection Sunday will be on 15 March, where all teams, including the play-in games are announced.
On 17 and 18 March, the play-in games will take place, then the madness truly begins. Arguably the wildest two days in sports will be on 19 and 20 March. Both days will have 16 games played starting in the early afternoon and running near midnight. There is constant basketball running on screens and at times there will be four games playing at once.

The University of Virginia, the 2019 winner, is not as powerful as they were last year. So far with a 13-6 record, the Cavaliers sit in fifth place in the Atlantic Coast Conference and currently have 33-to-1 odds on bet365.

The current favorite is Gonzaga at 10-to-1 trailed by Kansas and Louisville at 11-to-1. The 2020 Final Four will be held in Atlanta, Georgia on 6 April.

1. Super Bowl LIV
This coming Sunday, the San Francisco 49ers will square off against the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV.

The game will kick-off at 6:30 p.m. EST at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida.

This day is a bettor’s dream because of the number of gambling possibilities. During the regular season of the National Football League, wagers are usually placed on money lines and spreads. However, the Super Bowl brings out the best props.

The Big Game allows a chance to bet on the length of the National Anthem, which the over/under is currently set at 124.5 seconds on Intertops Sportsbook. You can also gamble on the outcome of the opening coin toss.

There are over 100 potential prop bets available across various casinos. It’s no wonder that some are projecting a record nationwide, legal betting handle of at least $300 million for Super Bowl LIV.
Top 10 gambling events of 2020 is republished from Online.CasinoCity.com.
Dan Ippolito

As Casino City's associate editor, Dan produces and edits all of our weekly newsletters, and writes about the gaming industry for our websites and the GPWA Times Magazine. Dan graduated from Marist College in 2017 with a degree in Communications and a concentration in Sports. Email him at daniel@casinocity.com, or follow him at @casinocity_dan on Twitter.
Dan Ippolito
As Casino City's associate editor, Dan produces and edits all of our weekly newsletters, and writes about the gaming industry for our websites and the GPWA Times Magazine. Dan graduated from Marist College in 2017 with a degree in Communications and a concentration in Sports. Email him at daniel@casinocity.com, or follow him at @casinocity_dan on Twitter.