Asian Handicap


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The Asian Handicap is a type of spread betting used in soccer (football) matches that has gained a large following in Asia (hence the name). In fact, in parts of Asia it is the standard form of betting.

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In essence, betting with the Asian Handicap eliminates the draw outcome, reducing the number of possible outcomes to just two. Asian Handicap betting tends to be favorable for bettors as it limits the number of calculations you have to do to determine your optimal bet.

In betting, a ‘Handicap’ means one team is given an imaginary lead over another before the match begins. If you place a bet on that particular team and they manage to win (taking into account the imaginary lead they were given) you win the bet.

To find out more about Asian Handicap betting, we recommend checking out the Asian Handicap description available at BonusBonusBonus, or continue reading to see examples of how it works.

Generally, there are five variations of Asian Handicap bets, though the exact format may depend on the bookmaker (alternative formats in parentheses):

Standard (Full) Handicaps

A Handicap is a number added to the final result of the match. If the match outcome, including this Handicap, results in a draw, the wager is voided and the money is returned to the bettor.

Example:

Team A vs. Team B
Asian Handicap of 1:0

 

Final Score Final Result
(Asian Handicap)
Correct Pick
(Asian Handicap)
0:0 1:0 Team A
1:0 2:0 Team A
0:1 1:1 Bet amount is refunded
1:1 2:1 Team A
2:1 3:1 Team A
1:2 2:2 Bet amount is refunded
2:0 3:0 Team A
0:2 1:2 Team B
1:3 2:3 Team B

Half (1/2 or 0.5) Handicaps

Half (0.5) Handicaps eliminate draws by adding Handicaps in half point increments. This makes it so the bet can always be either won or lost and no money will be returned.

Example:

Team A vs. Team B
Asian Handicap of 0:0.5

 

Final Score Final Result
(Asian Handicap)
Correct Pick
(Asian Handicap)
0:0 0:0.5 Team B
1:0 1:0.5 Team A
0:1 0:1.5 Team B
1:1 1:1.5 Team B
2:1 2:1.5 Team A
1:2 1:2.5 Team B
2:0 2:0.5 Team A
0:2 0:2.5 Team B
1:3 1:3.5 Team B

Zero (0) Handicaps

Zero Handicaps eliminate the handicap system, meaning the winner is simply the winner of the match and in the event of a draw, betting amounts are returned to the bettors.

Example:

Team A vs. Team B
Asian Handicap of 0:0

 

Final Score Final Result
(Asian Handicap)
Correct Pick
(Asian Handicap)
0:0 0:0 Bet amount is refunded
1:0 1:0 Team A
0:1 0:1 Team B
1:1 1:1 Bet amount is refunded
2:1 2:1 Team A
1:2 1:2 Team B
2:0 2:0 Team A
0:2 0:2 Team B
1:3 1:3 Team B

Three Quarter (3/4 or 0.75 or 0.5-1) Handicaps

This variation of the Asian Handicap divides your wager into two pots, each worth 50% of your wager. Whether you win or lose is determined in a way similar to that of the previous examples.

  • Asian Handicap 0.75 = 50 % of wager Asian Handicap 0.5
    • 50% of wager Asian Handicap 1
  • Asian Handicap 1.75 = 50 % of wager Asian Handicap 1.5
    • 50% of wager Asian Handicap 2

Example:

Team A vs. Team B
Asian Handicap of 0:0.75

You bet 100 Euro on Team B Asian Handicap 0.75 with odds 1.9 so your wager is split into: 50 Euro Team B Asian Handicap 0.5 and 50 Euro Team B Asian Handicap 1

Final Score Wager Split
Return / Loss
Team A victory with 2+ goals difference AHC 0.5 – wager lost
AHC 1 – wager lost
-50 Euro
-50 Euro
Team A victory with 1 goal difference AHC 0.5 – wager lost
AHC 1 – bet refunded
-50 Euro
50 Euro x 1.0
draw AHC 0.5 – wager won
AHC 1 – wager won
50 Euro x 1.9
50 Euro x 1.9
Team B victory AHC 0.5 – wager won
AHC 1 – wager won
50 Euro x 1.9
50 Euro x 1.9

Quarter (1/4 or 0.25 or 0-0.5) Handicaps

Quarter handicaps also split wager into two pots, each worth 50% of your wager. Whether you win or lose is determined in a way similar to that of the previous example.

  • Asian Handicap 0.25 = 50 % of wager Asian Handicap 0
    • 50% of wager Asian Handicap  0.5
  • Asian Handicap 1.75 = 50 % of wager Asian Handicap 1
    • 50% of wager Asian Handicap 1.5

Example:

Team A vs. Team B
Asian Handicap of 0:0.25

You bet 100 Euro on Team B Asian Handicap 0.25 with odds 2.0 so your wager is split into: 50 Euro Team B Asian Handicap 0 and 50 Euro Team B Asian Handicap 1.5

Final Score Wager Split
Return / Loss
Team A victory AHC 0 – wager lost
AHC 1.5 – wager lost
-50 Euro
-50 Euro
draw AHC 0 –  bet refunded
AHC 1.5 - wager won
50 Euro x 1.0
50 Euro x 2.0
Team B victory AHC 0 – wager won
AHC 1.5 – wager won
50 Euro x 2.0
50 Euro x 2.0

More information about asian handicap on Wikipedia can be found under this address: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asian_handicap.


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