Definition of 1st Half Lines 2-Way

What does the term "1st Half Lines 2-Way" mean in the world of sports betting? What is meant by "1st Half Lines 2-Way"?

"1st Half Lines 2-Way" is used frequently in football and basketball.

With these lines, you are betting on things like first half spreads, totals and money lines.

The King explains the meaning of the betting term 1st Half Lines 2-Way.  What is it?For instance - let's take a Thursday Night Football game between New England and Denver.

The 1st Half Lines 2-Way lines might look like this:

New England, -4.5, 1.90
Denver, +4.5, 1.90


Over 21.5 points, 1.90
Under 21.5 points, 1.90

Money Line

New England, 1.38
Denver, 4.25

So, any 1st Half Lines 2-Way bets will be concluded by half time.

Let's say that you think that both teams are going to be rusty due to it being a Thursday Night Football game, so you decide to bet the Under on the 21.5 first half total.

So, if New England is winning the game 14-0 at the half, you would win your wager. What happens in the second half is completely irrelevant to this bet.

If you decided to bet on New England at 1.38 on the money line, or New England -4.5, you would also win both of these bets.


These bets can be profitable if you believe that you have identified an edge in terms of how a team plays in the first half. Do they start slow? Do they tend to score a bunch early?

1st Half Lines 2-Way bets have become much more popular over the past couple of years, mainly due to bettor's impatience with getting bets scored and the massive amount of data that is now available.