When it comes to placing wagers on sports, there are a variety of different times when someone can place a bet. Halftime is one of those segments. A halftime bet can be for either the first half or the second half. If you see that a team tends to be stronger in the first half, but weaker in the second, then it may be a good idea to wager on the first half instead of the full game. If your team has disappointed in the first half, and you feel that they may bounce back in the second half, then it could be a wise idea to bet on them in the second half during the halftime period of the game.
Halftime Wagers Can Mitigate Losses
A halftime bet in the second half can also be used to mitigate the number of losses on a wager that seems unlikely to win. For example, let’s say that you have already wagered on the full game. However, you see that your team is getting beat badly as the game goes to halftime. At this point, you could choose to wager on second half on either team. If you win your second half wager, you will have mitigated the amount of your loss, or perhaps even make a profit, depending on the amount you wagered in the second half. A Halftime bet applies only to the independent results of wagers on either the first half or second half of a game. For example, a second-half bet does not take into account any of the scoring that happened in the 1st half of the game.
Varieties of Halftime Wagers
Halftime wagers can be placed on the point spread, money line, over/under total, or any other available wager of the respective sport the gambler is betting on.
Keep in mind that for the second half, bettors have a very limited window of opportunity to place their Halftime wagers. They only run for 15 minutes to 20 minutes, at the most. Unlike the first half and full game wagers, which are open prior to the start of the game, second half wagers only open after the first half of the game and closes once the game resumes again. With this in mind, it’s very important for bettors to determine their selections early, and put in their wagers quickly during the halftime period while the opportunity is still available.
The game between the Patriots (favorite) and Chargers (Underdog) as shown in our tables above. During the first half, as shown in Table 2, Patriots are losing against Charger with a 7-14 score. If you would have placed a bet on the Patriots first half at -4.5, the bet would have been a LOSS.
The Patriots are expected to win the game at the end, they are set to be the favorite for the second half wagers as shown in Table 3 above, with a -4.5 spread.
Let’s say you placed a second half bet on the Patriots at -4.5 as shown in Table 4. You would have WON this wager because the Patriots outscored the Chargers 17-7, which is a 10 point difference and is greater than the -4.5 Second Half Spread.
It is also worth noting that if you would have bet over 21 on second-half totals, you would have WON this wager as well since 24 points were scored on the secondHalf.
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