HOW TO BET ASIAN HANDICAPS

Asian what?!

Asian Handicap (AH) is a type of bet which was invented in Asia. Handicap means that one of the teams is given a virtual advantage or disadvantage in points (e.g. -0.5, +0.5). When you bet in this type of bet your team have to win by as many points/goals as high is the handicap. In some cases a team can be given even two virtual advantages but let´s talk about this later.

The good thing about Asian handicaps in compare to regular bets is that there is a choice of only two winning options. Asian handicap eliminates loses in case of a draw. You bet only either on home or away team.

There are several variations of AH. I will try to break them down on the example of football game Arsenal – Liverpool.

Asian handicap 0:0 (DNB – Draw No Bet)

When you bet a match in handicap 0:0 it means addition / deduction of 0 virtual points.

In this particular game Arsenal - Liverpool is handicap 0 with odds 1.65 – 2.30. If I bet Arsenal AH 0, I win in case of any Arsenal win. If I bet Liverpool AH 0, I win in case of any Liverpool win. If the result is draw I get my stake back.

Asian handicap -0.25 = 0, -0.5

If the bet is in handicap 0:1/4, it means addition / deduction of 0.25 virtual points.

In this particular game Arsenal - Liverpool is handicap -0.25 with odds 1.97 – 1.98. If I bet ArsenalAH -0.25, I win in case of any Arsenal win and lose only half of my stake in case of a draw. If I bet Liverpool AH +0.25, I win in case of any Liverpool win and lose only half of my stake in case of a draw. Basically we can understand the handicap 0.25 as two bets (1/2 stake in AH 0 and 1/2 in AH 0.5).

Asian handicap -0.5

If the bet is in handicap 0:1/2, it means addition / deduction of 0.5 virtual points.

In this particular game Arsenal - Liverpool is handicap -0.5 with odds 2.22 – 1.73. If I bet Arsenal AH -0.5, I win in case of any Arsenal win and lose my stake in case of a draw. If I bet Liverpool AH +0.5, I win in case of any Liverpool win and also in case of a draw.

Asian handicap -0.75 = -0.5, -1

If the bet is in handicap 0:3/4, it means addition / deduction of 0.75 virtual points.

In this particular game Arsenal - Liverpool is no option of handicap 0.75 bet. Anyway, it means that the bet on Arsenal AH -0.75 would win in case of Arsenal win more than by 1 goal. If Arsenal won by 1 goal it would mean that you get half of your stake back. In case of a draw you lose the whole stake. Liverpool AH +0.75 bet would win if Liverpool wins or draws. If Liverpool lose by 1 goal you get half of your stake back.

Asian handicap -1

If you bet a game in handicap 0:1, it means addition / deduction of 1 virtual point.

In selected game is no handicap 1 option. Anyway, it means that bet on Arsenal AH -1 would win only in case of Arsenal win by more than 1 goal. If Arsenal won by 1 goal you get your stake back. In case of a draw you lose your stake. Bet on Liverpool AH +1 would win in case of any Liverpool win and also in case of a draw. If Liverpool lost by 1 goal, you get your stake back. If Liverpool lost by higher difference you lose your stake.

It is not necessary to explain handicaps 0:1 1/4 as it should all be clear now. If you see handicap 0:1 and there is no definition of Asian handicap (AH) likely it is European handicap. European handicap 0:1 is transferred on Asian 0:1 1/2 (or 1.5). Pay attention as that is slightly different. Usually you can see handicaps 0:2 and more in games with clear favourite.

It is beneficial to bet with handicaps in games with clear favourite and low odds when you thing that favourite will win by higher goal difference (for example Manchester United playing against underdogs). It is better to bet Manchester AH -1.5 with odd 1.6 than bet just Manchester match win with odd 1.20.

List of bookies offering Asian handicaps

Bookies usually call Asian handicaps by various names. Often you can see European handicap which is different from Asian (e.g. EH 0:1 means AH 0:1,5). That is why I recommend to bet AH with these bookies where you find higher odds and great selection of bets.

American odd = it can be either plus or minus depending if the net profit (win minus stake) is higher or lower than stake in case of win. The odd value says the amount of stake for gaining 100 units (US dolars). American odds to decimal (European) convertor

Asian Handicap (AH) is a type of bet which was invented in Asia. Handicap means that one of the teams is given a virtual advantage or disadvantage in points (e.g. -0.5, +0.5). When you bet in this type of bet your team have to win by as many points/goals as high is the handicap. You can see more info about how to bet Asian handicaps in the article How to bet Asian handicaps?

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