All you need to know about Asian handicap in sports betting


Sports betting has continued to gain ground as the fanatic of the game continues to expand. with different types of betting options; one of them is Asian handicap.

What is an Asian handicap betting in soccer?

Asian handicap betting refers to a form of betting on football in which teams are handicapped according to their form. If you pick this kind of odd for a stronger team, it means that team must win by more goals for a punter betting on them to win.

For instance, selecting an Asian handicap means you have already given the weaker team a goal ahead. For you tO win the bet, the stronger team must win by two goals difference at least.

There are two types of handicap – half goal (0.5, 1.5, etc) and the whole goal (0,1, etc). In the case of a half-goal handicap, naturally, there is always a clear winner as it’s not possible to score half a goal. In the case of a whole goal handicap, if the result is level after the handicap is taken into consideration, then all bets are refunded.

What is the 1.5 Asian handicap?

In a nutshell, handicap means one team is given a “virtual head start”. This means such a team leads the game by a differing amount or amounts before the game starts.

Simply put, Asian Handicaps are designed to eliminate the possibility of a draw in a Soccer match, reducing the match to two possible outcomes.

In a standard Odds market, there are three options available on this Soccer match involving Arsenal and Everton for instance. The match either ends in a win for either of the teams of a draw.

How to win Asian handicap betting

When you bet on an Asian Handicap market, the draw option is removed. So, there are two options from which to choose. In this example, Arsenal are strong favourites, so the handicap is one and a half goals:

• Arsenal -1.5
• Everton +1.5

Here, the team who scores the most with the handicap applied is deemed the winner. For example, if you back Arsenal to beat Everton with a handicap of -1.5, then to win your bet Arsenal must win the match by 2 or more goals.
You lose the bet if Everton win. But it’s a draw or Arsenal win by only 1 goal.

What is the meaning of Asian handicap in football betting

Its give both teams 5-050 chance of winning the game and thereby helping bookmakers minimize risk. It facilitate trading with parity or balancing the amount of wagering on each side of the match.

This enables bookmakers to take larger positions on major matches. On the other hand, Asian handicap markets are typically low margin offerings that do not contribute as significantly to the gross win as higher vigorish betting options like straight wins ( 1X2).

Asian lines betting and chart

The chart below explains different Asian handicap betting lines for football matches. There are two of the most common, which are -0.5, -1.0 and +0.5, +1.0.

For instance, if you take +0.5 as an example, this will be awarded to the underdog team in a match. If that match ends in a draw, the underdog team will be regarded as the winner in terms of the bet because of the +0.5 advantage.

If the home team is given a handicap of -1.0, the home team much win the match by 2 clear goals for the bet to be a winner, as they must overturn the -1 goal disadvantage they have been handed in terms of the bet.

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