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Half Time Bets

Within the sportsbook world, few things are as intense as halftime betting. I imagine players watching the game in different places: at home, in a bar, hidden in their offices behind a locked door, on the edge of their seats watching the clock run out. And the moment those zeroes lock into place going for their phones or refreshing their online accounts. In our world, we’re also watching the game, watching that clock go. There’s always the first few who jump the gun and call before the game has gone to halftime. But then the moment comes, like a rising tidal wave of ringing phones and for the next fifteen minutes it’s chaos.

Clerks all around you are giving out lines, numbers are flying back and forth, a steam player might call in and while you’re trying to focus on what the player on the other end of the phone is saying, the clerk next to you is yelling out a play and asking if his player can take more than the limit. It’s no wonder then that niceties are forgotten in the rush. Clerks will speak faster, type faster and fire questions at you in order to get everyone’s wager in before the game starts.

So, when calling in halftime bets, always be prepared. Know what you want, know what line is acceptable to you and which one will be too high. Know how much you want to win and how much you’re willing to risk to get that amount. There’s nothing more satisfying than a smooth call.

This is not to say that we don’t welcome questions. Don’t be afraid to stop your clerk and ask him or her to explain something further or to repeat a line. It is your money after all.

Halftime betting is pretty self-explanatory but if you’re new at this, or you just want a little more information, read on. Halftimes are available for several different sports, but the most popular halftime betting is for NFL, NBA, college basketball and football, and recently for soccer. There will be certain restrictions such as limits on how much you can bet on halftimes, or what kind of plays you can take, but not as much as prop bets for example. You will be able to parlay halftimes, or take them in if-bets, reverses, round robins, among others. You will not, however, be able to take halftimes in teasers.

When you call during halftime the line you will be read is for what happens exclusively during the second half. So basically, for betting purposes, the slate is wiped clean. Whatever score there was up to that point is reset and it goes back to 0-0.

For example, say the halftime line of an NFL game is:

2H Bears 7 -115 o27 EV
2H Packers -7 -105 u27-120

The score at halftime was Packers up 24-0. You decide to take the Bears 7. The final score of the game is Packers 27-0. You would win that bet, because for the second half exclusively, the score would have been Packers 3-0, a score the Bears 7 would easily cover.

Halftime bets add a little extra excitement to the second half of the game, but they’re also a way to recoup if your bet for the whole game suddenly doesn’t look so good. In any case, it’s always good to have more options.


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