Asian Handicap Betting Guide

Asian Handicap Betting Guide at Bet UK

Asian Handicap betting has quickly become one of the most popular football betting markets. Although there are plenty of Asian handicap bets placed on every game, many bettors don’t understand how the Asian handicap market actually works. To help you out, Bet UK have created a guide on Asian Handicap betting.

What is Asian Handicap betting?

Asian Handicap betting is popular on games that might have a clear favourite, as it requires a team to score more than one goal and can lead to better odds. Asian handicaps will give a team a theoretical goal advantage or disadvantage. For example, a -1 handicap for a team will essentially mean they start on -1 goals. This means they need to win by 2 clear goals in order for the results to actually come in. On the other hand, a +1 handicap gives a team a 1 goal head start. In order for the bet to lose, they would need to lose by 2 clear goals.

Asian handicaps differ from traditional handicap markets because punters can get their money back if their result is a draw. For example, if a bet is placed on England to win with a -0.5 handicap, and England only win by 1 goal, the result will effectively be a draw. Rather than the bet losing, the stake will be returned. This is only possible on Asian handicap markets that offer whole numbers. There are also markets that offer half goals, -0.5 for example.

Asian Handicaps that offer half a goal handicaps work very similarly to normal Asian handicaps, but will not return any money if the bet results in a draw. For example, a bet on Swansea City to win with a -0.5 handicap can only win or lose. If Swansea win by 2 clear goals, then the bet will result as a win. If Swansea only win by 1 goal, the handicap score will be a draw, meaning the bet has lost.

Finally, there are quarter goal Asian handicap markets. Markets can also be offered with -0.25 goal and -0.75 goal Asian handicaps. For both markets, your stake will be split in half between 2 different bets. For -0.25, half your stake will be placed on -0.5 Asian handicap, with the other half being placed on 0 handicap. For -0.75, half your stake will be placed on -0.5 Asian handicap, with the other half being placed on -1. This means that you can essentially cover 2 different Asian handicap markets at once. If you only win half your bet, then you will still get some returns, with the other half losing.

Asian Handicap Betting Examples

Placing a bet on Swansea City -2 against Sheffield United

In order for this bet to win, Swansea need to win by 3 clear goals. If Swansea only win by 2 goals, then your stake will be refunded as the match finished as a draw including handicaps. If Swansea only win the game by 1, draw or lose the game, then the bet will be lost.

Placing a bet on Swansea City -1.5 against Sheffield United

For this bet to win, Swansea City need to win by 2 clear goals. If England fail to win by at least 2 clear goals, then the bet will result in a loss. Stake cannot be refunded on a half goal asian handicap.

Placing a bet on Swansea City -0.75 against Sheffield United

If Swansea City win by 2 clear goals, then the full bet will win. If Swansea only win by 1, then half of the bet will be returned as a win, with the other half resulting as a loss. If Swansea City draw or lose, then the whole bet will be resulted as a loss.

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