The Highlights for 2017 and 2018: Sports and Prominent Tournaments Dates

In online betting on prominent sports events, do not miss the highlights for 2017 and 2018. We would like to offer a breakdown by sports, together with concise information on each championship  and event. The summaries are given by sports, for convenience, and the arrangement of the tournaments in each of the sports featured is according to the timing.

There are a palette of international events, in the supreme favourites like football, tennis, golf, plus rugby, snooker. The competition spirit is high, the qualifying and eligibility are intense, so together with the expected developments, unexpected surprises can emerge, to add other heaps of excitement to the fascinating sports events watched and wagered on online.

HORSE RACING EVENTS

In August 2017, on the first day, the Glorious Goodwood kicks off. The Goodwood Cup, the Sussex Stakes, the Qatar Nassau Stakes, the King George Stakes and the Stewards Cup are the highlights there. Glorious Goodwood is one of the major flat racing events.

York Ebor is a racing event scheduled for the period 23 to 26 August, 2017. In the course of 4 days, on the York racecourse, this event is the finish of the flat season racing. There are a plethora of races to bet on: the Juddmonte International and the Great Voltigeur Stakes on the first day, then the Darley Yorkshire Oaks and the Lowther Stakes on the second day, followed by Coolmore Nunthorpe and Gimcrack Stakes on the third day, and featuring the Betfred Ebor and the Lonsdale Cup on the final day.

Attention is certain to soar towards St Leger Festival, which is scheduled for 13 to 16 September 2017. They say the best horse wins it, so remember that adage high in popularity: there is a host of truth in popular adages, as people say. Sponsored by Ladbrokes and held on the Doncaster racecourse, this is the prime and premier event standing out in autumn horse racing. It, too culminates the flat racing season as the last event in it.

On 21 October 2017, the British Champions Day is bound to rivet the attention to the Ascot racecourse. It is the crowning event for the British Champions Series which features eminent flat races. Sponsored by the !!! Qatari QIPCO, it also boasts a handicap race, the Balmoral Handicap. Furthermore, there are the Champions Day, also the Champions Sprint Stakes, as well as the Long Distance Cup, the Champions Sprint, and, too, the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes.

From 17 to 19 November, the first prominent fixture for the season, the Cheltenham Open, is to draw attention to itself. With 19 races during the three days, there are a palette of opportunities for thrills, and the BetVictor Gold Cup, as well as the Greatwood Hurdle are the most outstanding races to look forward to. In Cheltenham Open, hurdles and steeplechases are featured.

On 26 and 27 December, the horse racing season features the Kempton Winter Festival, with 3 Grade 1 and 2 Grade 2 races, and having the King George VI Chase as its prime highlight. This chase is scheduled for Boxing Day. The venue for the festival is the Kempton Park racecourse.

In 2018, from 13 to 16 March, the Cheltenham Festival draws crowds to the Cheltenham racecourse. There are 28 races to be featured during the four days, with the Champion Hurdle on the first day, the Queen Mother Champion Chase on the second day, the Ladbrokes World Hurdle on the next day, and the Gold Cup on the last day.

April welcomes with the Aintree Grand National, at the Aintree racecourse, from 5 to 7 April 2018. This handicap steeplechase is replete with challenges, because the course is only used several times in the year, and there is not sufficient time for horses to acquire experience in jumping its fences. Aintree Grand National is a grand steeplechase race.

In the first two days of June, the Epsom Derby Stakes, and, too, the Oaks Stakes, are prominent races for all horse racing enthusiasts. These two events on the Epsom Downs course are the second leg in the classic races: Epsom has colts and fillies racing, and Oaks is for fillies only. The races will continue with the next St Leger festival in September 2018.

FOOTBALL EVENTS

For football aficionados, the Champions League 2017-2018 is in the limelight. In this tournament, featuring prime football teams in Europe, and organised by UEFA, there are a host of fascinating matches. The final match, to be held in Kiev, Ukraine, is the culmination of skills and thrills, especially because the winner will qualify for the FIFA Club World Cup 2018, plus the right to play in UEFA's Super Cup 2018.

No football fans or professionals fail to be thrilled by the 2018 World Cup tournament, to kick off on 14 June and end on 15 July. The prime worldwide tournament, to kick off and be held in Russia, will feature 32 national teams, 64 matches will be played on the 12 venues, and the climax will be the final match, with the emerging of the new world champion.

Euro 2020 is another powerful incentive for football fans to watch and bet avidly, though there is a host of time until it kicks off. The competition between national teams is on a prime level, and replete with both surprises and unsurprising wins. It is important to watch the current performance of European teams, as well as qualifying events like the UEFA Nations League in 2018, which will be a qualifying one for the Euro 2020.

RUGBY

On 4 February 2018, the Super Bowl, the annual National Football League tournament, a prominent North America event, is in the spotlight, to be held in Minneapolis, Minnesota, US. The rivalry sees the National Football Conference and the American Football Conference, with a season of 17 weeks, and then 16 games, playoffs, which lead to the Super Bowl games. Expect the Super Bowl LII on 4 February 2018, which is crucial for determining the champion in the 2017 season for the National Football League.

The 2018 Six Nations is a tournament featuring competing teams from six countries: England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, as well as France and Italy. The format is simple, with each team facing each of the other teams once, and thus 15 matches are played. The period in which the tournament will be played is from 3 to 17 February 2018, in different venues in the countries whose teams are to compete.

For rugby aficionados, the next highlight is the World Cup tournament of the Rugby Union, a quadrennial event which is to be held in 2019, in Japan. After the qualifying stages, the pools, the quarterfinals and the semifinals, the climax of the tournament, the final matches, are the most fascinating ones to look forward to. Especially the match that will decide the champion, on Yokohama's International Stadium, is bound to hold fans spellbound.

TENNIS TOURNAMENTS

Tennis is among the most enjoyed and follow sports; the four Grand Slam tournaments are among the most prominent events in tennis. These are:

  • the Wimbledon tournaments
  • the US Open
  • the Australian Open
  • the French Open

The Wimbledon tournament, to be held in London from 3 to 16 July 2017, has the fame of the most prestigious tennis tournament. The Wimbledon schedule features five major events, and there, too, are invitational events plus junior ones in the 14 days. Single elimination matches are the predominant ones, and the other type is the round robin, that is each player plays all of the other players in the matches they have to play. For gentlemen's events the format is best of 5 sets, and for the others, it is best of 3 sets.

The US Open is the next prime Grand Slam tournament, from 28 August to 10 September 2017. What is special about it is the use of tiebreakers in each of the event's match sets. There are 5 parts of the tournament, men's and women's singles, men's and women's doubles, and senior players matches.

The Australian Open is in January 2018, from 15 to 28 January. It is the first Grand Slam tournament for the calendar year, with men's and women's singles and doubles, and more events on the arenas of the Melbourne Park. Follow the junior matches, wheelchair and legends events, and prime class tennis gaming.

The French Open, also famed under the name the Roland-Garros tournament, is to attract the spotlight in the period from 27 May to 10 June 2018. It is the second Grand Slam tournament for the calendar year, and draws a host of viewers to Paris, France, where it takes place. One peculiarity about the French Open is the surface, the sole clay surface tennis matches are played on. The surface poses challenges to players who use serve, and serve and volley.

GOLF EVENTS

In golf, the prime events, ordered according to timing in the calendar year, are the US Masters, the US Open, the Open Championship, and the US PGA Championship.

In Britain, in St Andrews, the 2017 Open Championship rivets the excitement from 16 to 23 July, being the third prime golf event for the calendar year. The tournament is played on links, golf courses on sandy terrain with grass, and near the sea. The venue is the Royal Birkdale, and the prizes will be paid in US dollars, not in British pounds, for the first time.

August 2017 is the time for the PGA Championship. The period for its holding is from 10 to 13 August, in Charlotte, New Carolina. This tournament hosted by the American Professional Golfers' Association will show off prime golf gaming at the venue, the Quail Hollow Club, with 72 par and 18 holes.

In the period from 5 to 8 April 2018, the US Masters will attract golf professionals and fans, in Augusta, Georgia, US. This is a tournament of an invitational type. The criteria applied to participants are 18, and qualifying is implemented on the basis of them, in connection with particular events, and amateur tournaments are, too, included.

From 14 to 17 June 2018, the US Open is to be held at Shinnecock Hills, in New York, US. That is the fourth greatest course worldwide, as Golf Digest has classified it, and the preparations for the US Open in 2018 have contributed to the high ranking. The excitement will be high as well during the event.

In September 2018, from the 28th to the 30th, the 2018 Ryder Cup will feature a fascinating competition: European and US teams are to play. The rivalry is intense, and the success attained so far shows it is very close indeed, with Europe as the outright winner for 10 times, and the US for 8 times. The US is the current title holder, and the 2018 venue is in Europe, in Paris, France.

DARTS

Darts certainly has its place among other sports, and makes fans happy with two championships, for which specific eligibility criteria apply.

The PDC World Championship is scheduled for the period between 14 December 2017 and 1 January 2015. The organiser is the Professional Darts Corporation, and the sponsorship comes from William Hill. Held at Alexandra Palace, London, Britain, it is bound to present a thrilling tournament period. The playing is implemented in sets, with 72 players altogether.

The BDO World Championship follows, from 6 to 14 January. Organised by the British Darts Organisation, the other eminent organisation in the sport of darts, it takes place in Lakeside Leisure Complex, in West Surrey. It is also played in sets.

SNOOKER

Fans of snooker know they should expect the period from 21 April to 7 May as the exciting term of the World Snooker Championship. The venue is the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England, and prior to the tournament, the qualifiers are scheduled from 11 April until 19 April. The event is played according to ranking, with 32 players playing in knockout stages, 16 of them reaching the final stages directly. In the last 5 days, in the semifinals and the finals, one match a day is played, and prior to that, two matches a day are played.

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