APRIL is a special time of year for the Australian sports betting community.
This weekend we can look forward to both the racing Championships at Randwick and the US Masters Tournament at Augusta, where Aussies boys Adam Scott and Jason Day are among the hot favourites for the fabled Green Jacket.
Footy is back with the AFL and NRL seasons both well underway, while it’s business time in the soccer as we enter the final weeks of the A-League and Premier League seasons.
With so much quality sporting action to indulge in, it seems like a good time to check in with our top-ranked online bookmakers and see what betting specials and promotions are on offer.
2016 Championships bookmaker promotions
Australia’s top jockeys and thoroughbreds head to Royal Randwick this Saturday for the second instalment of The Championships 2016.
With eight Group 1 races over two days and more than $20 million prize money on the table, it’s little wonder this event has become one of the main attractions of the Sydney Autumn Carnival.
The Queen Elizabeth Stakes is the headline act for day two on Saturday, April 9, with strong support from the Sydney Cup, the Australian Oaks and the Legacy Stakes.
Get on these 2016 Championships betting specials at our trusted online bookies:
Sportsbet.com $50 Cash Back Special:
Place an outright or each way bet at fixed odds on any of the first four races at Randwick this Saturday and get your money back up to $50 if your horse runs second or third.
WilliamHill.com Multi Insurance Plus:
If you place a racing multi of four legs or more and you lose by only a single leg, William Hill will give you up to $50 cash back. And if you have a winner, you can claim up to 40 per cent extra in bonus bets.
CrownBet’s Randwick Saturday Special:
Back a horse to win at fixed odds in ANY race on day two of The Championships and CrownBet.com will refund your stake with a bonus bet up to $50 if your pick runs second or third.
US Masters golf betting specials online
Jordan Spieth will have his work cut out to defend his US Masters title this weekend.
The main Aussie contenders could hardly be in better touch, with Scott and Day both winning big events in the lead-up to the first golf major of the year.
Also lurking is Warnambool’s own Marc Leishman, who tied for fourth at Augusta in 2013 and has finished in the top five at the last two Open Championships.
Bubba Watson looks primed to push for a second Green Jacket, while Rory McIlroy will be desperate to put to bed the ghosts of his epic final-round collapse in 2011.
Our leading golf betting sites have plenty of 2016 Masters promotions on offer:
Sportsbet’s Masters Money Back Special:
If you pick any player to win outright at Augusta this weekend and he finishes in second place, Sportsbet.com will refund your wager up to $50.
CrownBet.com US Masters Bonus:
If you back any Australian to take out the 2016 Masters title and he finishes in the top five but doesn’t win, CrownBet will give you 100 bonus points for every $1 staked up to $50 (maximum 5,000 points).
AFL and NRL bookie bonuses
Footy is in full swing now as we approach round three in AFL 2016 and round six of the NRL campaign.
Brisbane Broncos and Melbourne Storm are setting the early pace in the rugby, with Canberra Raiders one point back after their 22-8 victory over Canterbury last weekend.
Western Bulldogs and Sydney Swans have got off to a flyer in the AFL, but the story of the season so far is embattled Essendon’s uplifting win over the Demons only two rounds in.
Check out these footy betting bonuses at Australia’s best online sportsbooks:
AFL Chase the Points at WilliamHill.com:
Bet on any first goalscorer market at William Hill throughout the 2016 AFL Premiership season and win $1 for every point your player scores, even if he doesn’t kick the first major.
Sportsbet’s Footy Multi Specials:
If you pick an AFL multi or NRL multi of five legs or more, Sportsbet will refund your bet up to $50 if you miss out by one leg.
CrownBet.com NRL Round 6 Special:
If you place a head-to-head bet on any NRL match in round six and your team loses by 10 points or less, CrownBet will award you 100 bonus point for every $1 staked up to $50.
Sportsbet.com H2H Special:
Between now and round eight in the AFL, get up to $50 cash back if your team leads at any break but loses the match.
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