Sports Explained: Glossary H

Sportsbook Glossary: Hh


Halftime Bet
Place a bet at halftime of a game against a new point spread posted by the bookmakers.

Total amount of bets taken.

Analyze an event for gambling purposes.

Harness Racing Horse Racing
A form of horse racing in which the horses race at a specific gait (a trot or a pace). They usually pull a two-wheeled cart called a sulky, although in Europe racing under saddle (trot monté in French) is also conducted.

Hat-Trick Ice Hockey
When one player scores three goals in one game.

Placing bets on the opposite side after you have already placed a wager on one side. This can be used to either cut your losses, or guarantee a profit.

High stick Ice Hockey
The act of hitting a player in the head or shoulders with a stick. A penalty (a single minor if no blood is drawn; a double minor if blood is drawn).

Hit by pitch Baseball, also known as HBP
A situation in which a batter or his clothing or equipment (other than his bat) is hit by a pitch from the pitcher; the batter is called a hit batsman (HB). A hit batsman is awarded first base, provided that (in the plate umpire’s judgment) he made an honest effort to avoid the pitch, although failure to do so is rarely called by an umpire. Being hit by a pitch is often caused by a batter standing too close to, or "crowding", home plate.

Hole in One Golf
A hole in one or hole-in-one (also known as an ace, mostly in American English) is when a ball hit from a tee shot finishes in the cup. This awards the player a score of one for the hole.

Holy War College Football
American rivalry between the Boston College Eagles and University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish, a technical nonconference rivalry in college football, but in most sports an Atlantic Coast Conference rivalry. Holy War is also the name given to the rivalry game played annually by the University of Utah Utes and Brigham Young University Cougars.

Home advantage
It refers to the possible advantage that the home team is said to have over the visiting team as a result of playing in familiar facilities and in front of supportive fans.

In spread based sports, the hook is an extra half-point that bettors can get. Often times in football, bettors will buy the hook around key numbers like 3 to get a line of 3.5.

Hook Boxing & MMA
A semi-circular punch thrown with the lead hand to the side of the opponent’s head. From the guard position, the elbow is drawn back with a horizontal fist (knuckles pointing forward) and the elbow bent.

Hoops Basketball
NBA and NCAA basketball.

Hot game
A game which is drawing a lot of action on one side by knowledgeable handicappers.

Hot Tip
Information the bookmaker is not yet privy to.