Half Time / Full Time (HT/FT) vs Win Both Halves
One of the most common mistakes people make when Matched Betting is getting the following two markets confused with each other: HT/FT (Halftime / Fulltime), and To Win Both Halves. At first glance they look like they could be the same thing however they are entirely different and if you place a back and lay across these two different markets you could lose a lot of money. You might see a price boost on a team to win both halves at 6.0 and see the lay odds are 3.2 and think you've discovered a great price boost...
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So how do the markets differ?
Half Time / Full Time (HT/FT)
HT/FT is very simple to understand. It's just the result at half time, and the result at full time. So if you chose England/England then your bet would be England to be winning at half time, and England to still be winning at full time. If you chose England/Draw, then it'd be England to be winning at half time, and the full time result to be a draw.
Win Both Halves
Win Both Halves is slightly different as it needs your team to win the first half, and win the second half. They have to win both halves. Basically if you treat the first half and the second half as separate matches, your team will need to win the first match (first half) and then also win the second match (second half). If your team is winning 2-0 at the end of the first half, then imagine the second half as a completely separate match. The score resets to 0-0, and now your team must win the second half.
Where do people get confused?
One of the classic examples is if you bet on your team to win both halves and the final score at the end of the match was 1-0, with the goal being scored in the 4th minute. Your HT/FT bet would win here as your team were winning 1-0 at the end of the first half, and were still winning 1-0 at the end of the match. However your Win Both Halves bet would lose, because they won the first half 1-0, however the second half was 0-0 as nobody scored in it. Remember that the second half is a separate "match" than the first half and nobody scored in it, so nobody "won" that half, meaning the Win Both Halves bet will be a loss as the team won the first half, but drew the second half, thus not winning both halves.
Lots of bookmakers, including William Hill who are the main culprit, will offer price boosts on the Win Both Halves market, and time and time again people will back it and then go on to lay HT/FT market on betfair. By doing this you are leaving yourself exposed to losing a lot of money. As you can see from the example above your team could be winning at the end of both halves, but not actually win them both. So your back bet would lose, but your lay bet would also lose leaving you down potentially alot of money. If you're backing Win Both Halves, then simply lay Win Both Halves too. Similarly if you're backing HT/FT, then lay HT/FT too.
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