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Betting the 2nd Half in Football



When people start gambling, most will stick to the basics, such as straight bets on the point spread, total or to a lesser extent in football the moneyline. The natural progression usually sees some parlays and a prop or two, but once bettors get comfortable, first and second half bets become a norm.


For this article we are going to focus on betting the 2nd half in football, whether itís the NFL or NCAA, the rules are the same. Just as the title says, a 2nd half bet is entirely based on the outcome of the second half of a given game. When dealing with a 2nd half line, everything from the 1st half is completely wiped out, meaning spreads and totals from the first half do not apply.


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For example, the Falcons are playing the Eagles, and itís 17-10 Falcons at the half. Your online sportsbook sets the second half line at Eagles -3.5, and you wager on the Eagles. The Falcons win the game 31-28. The second half boxscore shows the Eagles scoring 18 and the Falcons 14, with the Eagles covering the spread by half a point and you win.


Although it may feel like halftime takes forever, there is only around 15 minutes between the end of the 1st half and the 2nd half kickoff. This means sportsbook oddsmakers have a lot of work to do in a very short time frame. With how the National Football Leagueís schedule is set up, often times, oddsmakers are forced to set several lines at the same time and are susceptible to making mistakes.


Remember though, itís not just the oddsmakers that are up against the clock, bettors have to be quick as well. Here in Costa Rica, guys are jumping up out of their seat as soon as the first half ends, barking at their bookie to post the 2nd half lines. A lot of football fans and bettors alike think they know a lot about football, and most likely have a storyline played out in the their head how the rest of the game will play out. Use that to come up with your own 2nd half line so you have something to compare the actual line to when you have very limited time to research.


Something else you canít lose site of, is often time no two halves are alike. Bill Belichick is famous for going in at the half, making the proper adjustments on both sides of the ball that ultimately end up being the difference. Donít wear blinders and get caught focusing on the wrong things. There is a lot to take into account. However, when used correctly, betting the second half represents a unique opportunity for bettors.


There is information available to help give you an advantage. Simply looking at NFL team 2nd half points per game can give an indication to how a team finishes. The Seahawks led the league in second half points in 2017 with 15.1, followed by the Eagles and Saints at 14.3, with the Lions (13.8) and the Jaguars (13.0) rounding out the top five. Maybe just as important are teams that donít finish, like the Giants (6.6 points/2nd half), the Bengals and Colts (7.0).


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There is a lot to take into account when betting the second half, but one opportunity it creates for bettors is middling. Middling is basically wagering on both sides of the game where you have a chance to win both sides. Itís also used to ďhedgeĒ a bet and minimize risk. Middling is not for beginner gamblers, but when used correctly with the proper information and lines available, can be a way to cash more tickets.


Betting the second half in football is beneficial in several ways, but be sure you are not just on tilt from a bad beat earlier and are chasing your tail, trying to win back your losses. Be sure to use a budget system, using money you have accounted for. While there are plenty opportunities to profit betting the 2nd half, the same can be said for opportunities to lose.


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Do a little homework before the game if you plan on betting or during the two-minute warning do some quick research at some predetermined websites, and find a soft line or two that are posted for the 2nd half and sit back and enjoy the rest of the game.

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