Asian Handicap Explained
First of all, before we start, please be advised that Asian handicap is an advanced bet type. If you are struggling with more basic betting concepts, we recommend going through our guides on how to bet first then coming back to this later.
So, What is Asian handicap? Asian handicap is a bet type with the objective to even out the strength conditions and to reduce the possibilities in the 1X2 betting model from three to two. Where the handicap brings both team’s odds close to 1/1 and the winning probability close to 50%. In this guide, we explain Asian Handicap to you so that you can become a professional at Asian handicap betting.
How does Asian handicap work?
Asian Handicap betting is similar to regular Handicap betting, giving a hypothetical advantage or disadvantage to the teams playing.
Example: In a match between Tottenham and Crystal Palace, the odds are set at 3/10 for Tottenham to win, 51/10 for a draw and 10/1 for Crystal Palace. Tottenham are clear favourites and you think they will win comfortably. Asian Handicap betting makes it possible to raise the odds of a Tottenham win and instead bet on “Tottenham -2”, at the odds of 29/20. In this scenario, you win the game if Tottenham wins with at least three goals. It’s a push if they win by two goals, and you will get your money back. If bet on +2 Asian Handicap for Crystal Palace, you lose your bet if they lose by three or more goals. If they lose by two goals, you’ll get your money back and if they lose with a maximum of one goal, you’ll win your bet.
Example number two: Chelsea vs Man Utd. An even match where you can reduce the risk by reducing the classic 1X2 betting model to two outcomes by playing on Asian Handicap 0. You’ll win, if the team you bet on wins the game. If the match ends in a draw, you will get your money back just like when you’re betting on ‘Draw no bet’.
Half and quarter lines in Asian Handicap betting
We gave you examples of full lines above (+/- 2 and 0). Asian Handicap betting also offers bets on half and quarter lines. Half lines differ from full lines as they hold values that end with .5 and range between +/- 0.5, 1.5, 2.5 and so on. While, quarter lines differ with values that end with .25 or .75 and range from +/- 0.25, 0.75, 1.25, 1.75 etc.
Half line +0.5
Asian Handicap betting with the half line +0.5 means that the team you bet on starts the match with a positive Asian Handicap value of a 0.5 goal lead. This means you win if the team you placed a bet on wins or if there’s a draw. If the team loses, you’ll lose your bet. If you bet on +1.5, the team starts with a 1.5 goal lead. You win if the team you bet on either wins, there’s a draw, or they lose with a maximum of one goal. If the team loses with two or more goals, you’ll lose your bet. Asian Handicap betting with negative half lines give you the same situations but the other way around.
Asian Handicap betting with the quarter line -0.25 means that you bet that a team with a negative Asian Handicap value starts the match with a disadvantage of -0.25 goals. This means you win if the team you bet on wins the match. If the team loses, you lose your bet and if the match ends in a draw you’ll get half of your stake back. With the quarter line -0.75, the team you bet on will start the match with a disadvantage of -0.75 goals.
You win if the team you bet on wins with at least two goals. If they win with one goal, your bet will be divided so you get the money back on one half of the bet, while you win on the other half of it. You lose the bet if the team loses or if the match ends in a draw. The situation will be reversed if you bet on a positive quarter line in Asian Handicap betting.
Check out our quick guide on Asian handicap lines for more examples.
What is Asian total?
Asian total is Asian Handicap betting for total goals. It works in the same way as over/under betting, with the difference between the lines. You can bet on full, half and quarter lines from over/under 0.5, 0.75, 1, 1.25, 1.5 and so on.
If you bet on full lines in Asian total, for example over 1 goal, that means you win if the match contains at least two goals. Then, if it turns out to be a goalless match, you lose your bet. If there’s one goal in the match, you’ll get your money back. If you bet on under 1 goal, you win in a goalless match, get the money back at one goal and lose your bet if there’s two or more goals.
But, if you bet on half lines in Asian total, for example over 0.5 goals, there are only two possible outcomes – a win or a loss. You win your bet if the match contains at least 1 goal and lose if the match ends goalless. If you bet on under 0.5 goals, the payback will be reversed.
Betting on quarter lines in Asian total, for example over 0.75 goals, your bet will win if the match contains at least two goals. If there’s only one goal you win on half the bet. If there’s a goalless match, you lose your bet. Betting on under 0.75 goals, the payback will be reversed. You win your bet on a goalless match. On one goal you lose half the bet and on two or more goals you lose your entire bet.
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