A HT/FT bet involves a bettor predicting both the half time result and full time result in a fixture. It is a highly popular bet in football, and is also commonly referred to as a double result.
The 'double result' name is derived from the fact that a HT/FT bet is effectively two bets in one: the half time result and the full time result. Both the half time and full time selections have to be correct for the bet to be successful.
The outcome of a HT/FT bet is determined by the score at the end of normal time. This includes injury time, but does not include extra time and penalty shootouts.
For example, if a bettor had selected Barcelona to be leading at half time and full time against Manchester United in the Champions League quarter final second leg and the game finished 1-0 after 45 minutes and 1-1 after 90 minutes, before Barcelona won the game in extra time, this bet would not be successful as the full time result had been a draw and not a Barcelona win.
However, had a bettor selected Barcelona to be leading at half time and a draw at full time, this bet would have been successful despite Barcelona ultimately going on to win the match, as the game had finished in a draw after 90 minutes.
HT/FT result possible outcomes
There are three possible outcomes for a half time result and three possible outcomes for a full time result: home win, draw or away win. As a result, there are nine possible outcomes in a HT/FT bet.
Home win / home win
Home win / draw
Home win / away win
Draw / home win
Draw / away win
Away win / away win
Away win / draw
Away win / home win
How to use a HT/FT bet in betting
A HT/FT bet is a riskier bet to place than a straight forward FT result bet, as a FT result bet is a 1X2 bet and therefore has just three possible outcomes and a 33.3% chance of selecting the correct outcome. In contrast, a HT/FT bet has nine possible outcomes, and therefore just an 11.1% chance of selecting the correct outcome.
A HT/FT bet is a good bet to place if you are confident of one team beating another convincingly. With a HT/FT bet, you will be offered longer odds than you would with a straight forward FT result bet as there are six more possible outcomes, making selecting the correct outcome more unlikely. However, if you are confident that a team will win a match convincingly, there is a good chance that they will be leading at both half time and full time.