Asian Handicap Explained: What is Asian Handicap Betting?


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Asian Handicap Betting | What's It All About?

The most common question and enquiry we get at WeLoveBetting is about Asian Handicaps. What do they mean? How can I make money from them? That kind of thing. To be fair, we quote them quite often so we should have done this months ago.

Here are the key things to remember:

  • They're not complicated. Once you get it, you'll find them easy to follow
  • It's harder to lose money on Asian Handicaps as there's no handicap draw meaning only one outcome results in you losing cash
  • More choice. With Asian Handicap betting your selections can be a lot more precise and focussed than in traditional betting

Ok, let's look at a game. How about Manchester United v Liverpool. Let's use decimals:

Man Utd -0.5 (1.97) v Liverpool +0.5 (1.92)

An easy one to start with. This kind of bet is quoted everywhere. If you back Man Utd they need to win to get paid out at 1.97, back Liverpool at 1.92 and they need to avoid defeat for you to win. Known as a Half Goal Asian Handicap.

Man Utd 0.0 (1.40) v Liverpool 0.0 (2.85)

The 0.0 just means none of the teams have a start on the handicap. If you back Man Utd and they win you win, if you back Liverpool and they win you win BUT the big difference is if it's a draw you get your stake back. This is referred to as a push and is the term when there is no handicap winner. When a push occurs all stakes are returned. This particular example is the same as a Draw No Bet market.

Man Utd -1 (2.75) v Liverpool +1 (1.42)

Here Liverpool have a goal start against Manchester United. If they avoid defeat the bet is a winner but if they lose by one goal the push kicks in and stakes are returned. Similarly if you back Louis Van Gaal's side conceding a goal and they win by exactly one goal you won't lose like in traditional handicaps but get your stake returned.

Man Utd -2 (6.90) v Liverpool +2 (1.10)

Easy now eh? If you back Man Utd here they need to win by 3+ goals for a full payout but if they win by exactly two you get your cashback. As long as Liverpool don't lose by three or more you won't lose your cash if you back them. A two-goal defeat will see your stake returned.

Man Utd -0.25 (1.65) v Liverpool +0.25 (2.20)

Ok, getting a bit complicated now. These are known as Quarter Goal Asian Handicaps and occur when a team are .25 or .75. Quarter Goal handicaps see your stake split in two on either side of the handicap. So if you back Man Utd here, 50% of your stake is on Man Utd 0.0 while the other half is on Man Utd -0.5. If you back Liverpool you've got 50% of your bet on Liverpool 0.0 and the other half on Liverpool +0.5. So if it finishes 0-0, the Man Utd backer has lost his half stake on -0.5 and got his stake back on the 0.0 part as it was a draw. The Liverpool backer gets half his stake back on the 0.0 part of the bet while the +0.5 half is paid out at 2.20 as Liverpool avoided defeat. Understand?

Man Utd -0.75 (2.20) v Liverpool +0.75 (1.65)

Very similar bet here. Man Utd backers have half their stake on -0.5 and half on -1.0, Liverpool backers have half on +0.5 and the other half on +1. If the game ends 2-1 to Manchester United the Old Trafford backer gets paid out on the +0.5 side of his bet and gets his stake returned on the +1 part as it was a push due to the one-goal win. A half win for him. Our Liverpool backer loses the +0.5 part of his bet but gets his stake back on +1 as they lost by exactly one goal. A half loss for him.

Over 2.25 Goals (1.85) v Under 2.25 Goals (2.05)

Asian Handicap betting can also be used when betting on match goals. Backing Overs here means half your stake goes on exactly two goals and the other side on Over 2.5 Goals. If the game finishes 1-1 it's a half loss as the Over 2.5 part is bust while the exactly two goals part is a push as exactly two were scored. The guy who backed Unders had a half win as the Under 2.5 paid out at 2.05 while exactly two goals was a push.

Double Handicaps

Another thing to be aware of is the fact that some bookmakers use Double Handicaps rather than Quarter Handicaps. Don't worry, the bet is exactly the same it's just displayed differently. Double Handicaps quote both sides of the handicap rather than the middle point in Quarter Handicaps. So Man Utd -0.75 v Liverpool +0.75 becomes Man Utd -0.5/1 v Liverpool +0.5/1.

Any Questions?

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