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Half time betting intro
The most challenging, but also the most rewarding part of honing your skills as a punter part is learning all the different options and markets. And we don’t just mean what they are and how they work – you need to know how and when to use them all to great effect.
Markets are to a bettor what tools are to a mechanic. Each has a purpose, and you have to know the ins and outs of all of them if you really want to profit with betting. To help you out, we here at BettingFellow have got simple guides to different types of betting. In this one, we’ll be taking a look at the Half Time market – what Half Time betting is, and how to use the Half Time betting market for profit.
Before we start, we should point out that Half Time betting has a lot of parallels with Full Time betting, and the combination that the two make – Half Time/Full Time (Or HT/FT.)
As such, a lot of the betting tips and strategies referenced here apply to those two as well. Make sure to check out BettingFellow’s guides to those markets as well to get the full picture of their differences, similarities, and interactions.
What is Half Time Betting?
Let’s preface this whole betting tutorial by saying most of it will focus on football betting. The reason for this is solely due to the popularity of this sport. As you might imagine, any sport in which games are divided into two halves is eligible for Half Time betting, and we won’t be addressing them individually. So, football is what we’ll be using for examples, explaining some of the mechanics, and providing tips – but a lot of these are perfectly applicable to other sports.
Now, on to the basics. The real issue with this type of bet is how to use it, not how it works. As such, you might have already guessed what needs to happen in order to win a Half-Time bet. For this type of betting, all you care about is what happens in the first half of the game. Anything after that is entirely irrelevant.
Technically speaking, any market imaginable can be subject to this limitation. However, a lot of online bookmakers and betting sites only offer 1X2 bets for Half-Time. That isn’t to say that other combinations are impossible; in fact, some of them such as Both Teams to Score on Half Time can offer great value. However, predicting which team will have the lead on Half Time is the most common and popular by far. Thus, most of this guide will cater to this market specifically.
For other Half Time markets, we recommend you read through BetFellow’s guides on them and combine what you learn there with the strategies and tips mentioned here.
Why Bet On Half Time?
So now you might be asking: what’s the point? Why not just bet on a straight 1X2 and be done with it?
Well, there’s some truth to that, but a real punter is always looking for ways to tip the odds in their favour. The key to success with online betting is in the details. Improving the odds in your favour just a little bit, or increasing the chances of you winning by a small percentage is what it’s all about in the long run. With that in mind, there are generally two reasons why one would bet on Half Time:
You’re betting on the favourite, and want to increase your odds. As a rule, the odds for betting on the team that is more likely to win are short. If a team is fairly certain to win the game, they are also fairly certain to already have a lead during the half-time break. Thus, the risk only increases a bit, but your potential winnings are higher.
You’re betting on the underdog, and want to increase the chances of your bet winning. On the flip side, Half Time leaves much less time for the favourite to press their advantage and gain a lead. The chances of an underdog managing to hold their ground, or even score a surprise goal before the favourite can strike back, are much better than a major upset when it comes to the ultimate winner.
With that said, keep in mind that predicting what will happen solely during the first half is much harder than predicting the entire game. The odds don’t get better without a reason: no matter how you chose to look at it, Half-Time bets are riskier than Full Time bets.
Also, we would like to point out that Half Time bets interact interestingly with (Asian) handicaps. More on that later.
How To Bet On Half Time?
So, to win a Half-Time 1X2 bet, you need to correctly predict which team will have a lead at the 45-minute mark. Otherwise, you can bet on the result being a draw.
You also need to consider that injury-time does not count towards the result for Half Time 1X2. As a rule of thumb, nothing past exactly 45 mins (In the case of football, obviously) counts.
Everything else is pretty much the same as a straight bet. Just select the game you want to wager on, select the market, and pick which one of the three options you want: Home Lead, Draw, or Away Lead.
The same applies to other Half Time markets as well. You would place them exactly like you would the classic option.
How to Choose Matches to Bet on Half Time?
If during our section about the reasons to bet on half time you got the impression that you can do it in any game just to improve the odds, let us be clear: nothing could be further from the truth. You need to be exceptionally picky for this kind of bet.
For starters, you will need a lot of knowledge about the teams themselves. Some teams have a notable tendency to perform better or worse in the first half of the game. This can be due to their strategy, or simply come down to the strength and weaknesses of the individual players.
Gaining a lead in the early stages of a game can greatly affect morale. Some teams take advantage of this and press hard from the get-go. This, in turn, leaves them tired and more open for a come-back in the later parts. Still, you want to look for teams that implement this approach as a part of their core strategy. We can’t point out specific teams because these things change constantly. You’ll need to do the research and check up on the stats before placing any Half Time wagers.
Where to bet on Half Time?
The odds for Half Time bets depend entierly on the bookmaker’s entire offer. That is to say, if the bookie’s odds are good in general – the are also good for this type of betting. Occasionally, though, a betting site is better for one sport or another. This is the only thing you need to consider for Half Time betting specifically.
Besides that, somebookies also offer more options when it comes to specialised and niche markets. This might be of note if you’re looking to bet on more Half Time markets than just who will be in the lead. Others might offer the newly popularised Bet Builder feature, which further increases the possible combinations available to you.
There are dozens of online bookmakers to choose from, so if you want the full rundown, you should check out our comprehensive online bookmaker ranking. Otherwise, here are a few quick suggestions: Bet365. A titan among online bookies, Bet365 was among the first to offer the Bet Builder option. Go with them if you want variety. Besides that, their odds and betting promotions are indisputably great. Ladbrokes. This bookie has been one of the best betting sites for a long time, and have a great reputation to boot. A solid option no matter what you’re looking for. 888sport. The number of different markets and betting offers with 888sport is unmatched. If you want interesting markets, this is the bookie for you.
Half Time Betting Tips
We’ve already gone over the basic strategies for Half Time betting. Now, we’ll provide you with some other tips and general advice for this market.
Consider a lot of options. This market is not as popular as some others, so bookmakers tend to not spend quite as much time on properly calculating odds. This can be great for spotting value bets. Just make sure not to do it the wrong way and end up with a negative value bet.
Digging through smaller leagues and lower-profile games can be a good idea for the same reason.
Asian Handicaps have great synergy with Half Time bets. For starters, the favourite will have a much harder time catching up to the difference provided by these handicaps when they have half the time available. A +1 handicap, for example, is much more significant when you’re only looking at the first half.
This is further bolstered by the fact that bookmakers don’t really take this into account as much as they perhaps should. You would think that the odds adjustment for handicaps in Half Time bets would also go down by half, right? Well, no. Sometimes the odds are pretty much the same as if you were applying the handicaps to a Full Time bet. Make liberal use of this fact if you want to make Half Time bets.
Bear in mind that Half Time has a different meaning for American betting. For US punters, what we usually refer to Half Time is called First Half. Half Time instead refers to the second half of a game.
Half Time Betting Variants
Half Time allows for a lot of freedom when it comes to combining different markets. Let’s go over some of them.
Half Time and Over/Under
Essentially, betting on the total number of goals a game will have at the half-time marker. Can be an interesting option, check out our in-depth guides for more information and betting tips & strategies for both Over and Under markets.
Both Teams to Score on Half Time
A very risky combination. Predicting such an occurrence is not easy, but the potential returns can be great. Result on Half Time. With this market, you need to guess the exact result on the half time mark, ie. The number of goals scored by both teams. Just like the classic Result bet, this is downright impossible to predict accurately, and is mostly down to luck.
Half Time/Full Time (HT/FT)
A popular option that combines Half Time with Full Time bets. This variant requires a guide of its own, and we recommend checking it out. Furthermore, some bookies offer Double Chance markers on Half Time. Betting on the underdog and Draw can be a great idea.
Furthermore, the Bet Builder would allow you to combine a Half Time bet with pretty much any market imaginable within a single game. These options would then stack like in an accumulator. Some combinations are better ideas than others – use your own discretion, as well as all of BettingFellow’s other guides and strategies.
Half Time Betting Verdict
Half Time is one of those betting types that are easy to get, but hard to master. Overall, you need to really be sure of what you’re doing – or will just end up shooting yourself in the foot, so to speak. We hope this betting guide helped you get started with Half Time betting.