Asian Handicap Explained

The main reason Asian Handicaps may appear complicated at first is that they are expressed in many different ways.

Different Types of Asian Handicaps

The 0.5 Asian Handicap

1.95 AC Milan (-0.5) v Liverpool (0.5) 1.95
The first figure 1.95 is the odds available and the figure in brackets is the handicap.This means that Liverpool receive an imaginary half a goal lead at the start of the match.If you bet on AC Milan who start half a goal down, they have to win the match for your bet to win.

If you bet on Liverpool, you win if they win the match or if they draw.

The 0 Asian Handicap

This occurs when the likelihood of either team winning is fairy level. Here you are really betting without the draw being an option. You win if your selected team wins. If it is a draw, your stake is returned.

The 1 Asian Handicap

If you choose the -1 handicapped selection, your team needs to win by at least 2 clear goals for your bet to win. If your team only wins by one goal then the stake is refunded.

If you select the team who has a one goal lead (+1) then you win if they win or draw. If your team lose by just one goal then stake is refunded. This is a good bet if you fancy an underdog to get a result. Even if you are wrong, if they can limit the defeat to just one goal then you don’t lose.

The 1.5 Asian Handicap

Here, if you bet the -1.5 handicapped team you win if the team wins the match by two or more goals.

If you select the team which has a start (+1.5) then you win if the team wins or draws. You also win if it loses by one goal!

 

The Double Asian Handicap Explained

In double handicap betting the wager is split in two.

Luton (-0.5/1) v Watford (+0.5/1)
In this example half the stake money is placed on Luton -0.5 goals and the other half on Luton -1 goal. The result of the bet is worked out using the methods described above.

Often the double Asian handicaps are expressed as decimals. The figure being the mid point between the two handicaps. In this example you might see -0.75 Luton v Watford +0.75.

Double Handicap 0/0.5

This is also known as the level half Asian handicap and could be referred to as -0.25 (-0/0.5) and +0.25 (0/0.5).

If you bet on the team which is -0/0.5 on the handicap then you win if the team wins by one goal or more. If it draws you lose 50 per cent of your stake. The other half of the stake is returned. Returning of the stake when your bet or part of your bet equals the handicap is also known as a push.

If you select the opposition +0/0.5 then you win if the team wins the match. If it draws, half your stake is returned and half is a winner at the odds taken.

The Double Asian Handicap 0.5/1

If you select the (-0.5/1) handicapped team, also could be referred to as -0.75 then you win if the team wins the match by two or more goals. If it wins by one goal, half your stake is returned and half is a winner at the odds taken. If you select the opposition (+0.5/1) team, could also be known as +0.75 then you win if the team wins or draws the match. If it loses by one goal, you lose 50 per cent of the amount staked.

Bookmakers Odds For Asian Handicap Bets

In handicaps without a draw option, bookmakers vary in the odds set and the advantage that they take in terms of the over-round. But generally, the amount of profit that bookmaker take on these bets is lower than what they would take on a full time or 90 minutes match bet which includes the draw. Bookmakers will typically pay out on Asian Handicap bets between 90% and 100% of what they take, normally towards the top end of this., making very low percentage profits on the bets.

This is one reason why Asian Handicap bets can be great value bets.

Another great way to take advantage of the higher value found in Asian Handicap betting is to use it In-Play. There are a few things that need to be considered when betting In-running Asian Handicaps however and these will be discussed on the next page here.