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Asian Handicap Betting Guide

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Asian Handicap betting comes from the far east and is very popular there.

Asian Handicaps make a sporting event become more alligned by giving a handicap to one team, bringing the odds closer together. This in turn creates more betting opportunities. Also the draw is taken out, so there can only be two possible outcomes.

For example, if used in a football match a lessor able team might be given a handicap of 2 goals this would make a more balanced match.

Asian Handicap Betting Table

Asian Handicap Betting Table

Asian Handicap Betting Explained

There are many asian handicap bets than can be placed and it is important that you understand what they mean. Below are the different options.

What is handicap 0?

The 0 Asian Handicap is where both teams are at the same level or evenly matched, the draw is taken out so you are betting on a team to win. If the match finishes in a draw the stake is refunded and if your selection wins you win the bet. If your selection loses you lose the bet.

What is handicap -0.25 or 0,-0.5?

The -0.25 or 0,-0,5 is a split or double handicap and can be displayed in two formats as shown above. Your stake is split into two and counted as two bets.
0 – The first half of the bet is on the result without the draw and you will win this bet if your selection wins and lose if it loses. You will get this half of your stake back if the result is a draw.
-0.5 – Your other half of the stake or second bet will win if your selection wins and lose if your selection draws or loses.

What is handicap -0.75 or -0.5,-1?

This Asian Handicap is split again so your stake is split into two bets. The handicap can be displayed as -0.75 or -0.5,-1.

One half of your stake will be put onto the -0.5 handicap which means your selection has a handicap of -0.5 so if your selection wins you will win this half of the bet. If your selection loses or draws you will lose this half of the bet.

What is handicap -1?

The -1 Asian handicap is where your selection is given a -1 handicap. So if your selection wins by 2 or more goals your bet will win. If your selection wins by 1 goal you have your stake refunded and if your selection draws or loses you will lose the bet.

What is handicap -1.25 or -1,-1.5?

The -1.25 or -1,-1.5 is a split or double handicap and dependant on the bookmaker you use the format will be displayed in the two examples above. Again your stake is split into two seperate bets.

-1 is the first half of your bet will win if your selection wins by 2 goals or more. You will get this half of your stake refunded if your selection wins by 1 goal and you will lose this half if your selection draws or loses.

-1.5 is the second part of your bet and your selection is give a -1.5 handicap. You will win your bet if your selection wins by 2 goals or more. This half of your bet will lose if your selection wins by 1 goal,draws or loses.

What is handicap -1.25 or -1,-1.5?

The -1.25 or -1,-1.5 is a split or double handicap and dependant on the bookmaker you use the format will be displayed in the two examples above. Again your stake is split into two seperate bets.

-1 is the first half of your bet will win if your selection wins by 2 goals or more. You will get this half of your stake refunded if your selection wins by 1 goal and you will lose this half if your selection draws or loses.

-1.5 is the second part of your bet and your selection is give a -1.5 handicap. You will win your bet if your selection wins by 2 goals or more. This half of your bet will lose if your selection wins by 1 goal,draws or loses.

What is handicap -1.5?

The -1.5 Asian Handicap is where your selection is given a -1.5 handicap. You will win your bet if your selection wins by 2 goals or more. You will lose your bet if your selection wins by 1 goal,draws or loses.

What is handicap -1.75 or -1.5,-2?

The -1.5,-2 handicap is an Asian Handicap that splits your stake into two seperate bets. The first of your bets will be on the -1.5 handicap and the second bet is on the -2 handicap.

The -1.5 handicap of the bet will win if your selection wins by 2 goals or more. You will lose this half of the bet if your selection wins by 1 goal,draws or loses.

The -2 of the bet will win if your selection wins by 3 or more goals. You will get this half of your stake refunded if your selection wins by 2 goals exactly and you will lose if your selection wins by 1 goal, draws or loses.

What is handicap -2

The -2 Asian handicap is where your selection is given a handicap of -2 goals. If your selection wins by 3 goals or more you will win your bet, if you selection wins by 2 goals exactly you will have your stake refunded. If your selection wins by 1 goal, draws or loses you will lose your bet.

I hope this has explained Asian Handicaps to a level you can understand and work with. These examples are the minus figures and the positive figures are the same but the other way around.

Football Season Handicap Betting

Pre-season you can place a handicap bet on the overall winner of the league. The favourite team for winning the league will not have a handicap and the competing teams will have a handicap. This market is decided on the final points total and the handicapped teams will receive handicap points.

For example, if Man City were to be favourites, they would not have a handicap. Then the following teams would have:

Man Utd (+2)
Liverpool (+5)
Tottenham (+7)
Chelsea (+10)

Now let us add the handicaps to the final points total (made up).

Man City 99 = 99
Man Utd 96(+2) =98
Liverpool 93 (+5) =98
Tottenham 91(+7) =98
Chelsea 90(+10) =100

Taking into consideration the handicap, Chelsea would be winners.

Is Handicap Betting Legal in the UK?

Handicap betting is legal and comes under the same rules and regulations as other types of betting markets. We would only advise you to use UK licensed bookmakers and all the bookmakers on this site are safe to use.

Is there a best time to bet on handicap market?

Handicap betting is available to bet on pre-match or in-play markets. The best time to place a handicap bet will vary and be dictated by the odds and the likelihood of the outcome.

Do you get better odds using handicap markets?

Sometimes you do get better odds using a handicap market, it is always worth checking the normal market and the handicap market as they may differ.

Best bookmaker for Asian Handicap Betting

We would recommend having an account at all the bookmakers listed here, as the odds can and will be different. You want to have the options to get the best odds.

If you just wanted an account at one bookmaker then the market leader bet365 is the best option from our personal experience.

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