Asian Handicap: How to Play and Why is it convenient?
February 18, 2019 | In: Asian Handicap
Asian handicap is an increasingly popular type of bet. Betting on the asian handicap eliminates the possibility of a third result in betting on football.
More precisely, it eliminates the possibility of a draw (both in 1X2 and under / over) and therefore improves your chances of winning.
Just as the name suggests, this type of betting is extremely popular in Asia.
Considering that this bet may not be immediately straightforward, we have created a mini guide on Asian handicap betting to help you memorize them.
The basics of Asian handicap
Asian handicaps assign an advantage or a disadvantage to one of the two teams and it is therefore necessary to reason and predict according to the number of goal difference.
By doing this, the handicaps virtually remove the draw option. There are only two possible results for a game.
When we talk about Asian handicaps, however, we do not mean only the number of numbers such as for example under / over 2.5 or whole handicaps for teams (+1; -1 etc.).
Keep in mind that there are three basic types of Asian handicap betting: whole, half and a quarter of goals.
Asian handicap with full goals
You have found some Asian handicaps at full goals when you see Asian handicaps represented this way: +1, +3, -2, -5 etc.
This type of handicap does not eliminate the possibility of a tie; however, in that case, our bet would be refunded if not winning.
Example: € 100 bet on Lazio with handicap -2 and this wins the game with a margin of two goals. The result is considered a tie; in this scenario, you get back the € 100 bet. In the case that Lazio win 3 goals of difference then the bet would be a winner. Loser in case of all other results.
Asian handicap at half goals
In addition to the overall goal handicaps previously illustrated, there are also Asian handicaps at goal means represented as -0.5, -1.5, +2.5 and so on.
This way of betting is similar to bets with full handicaps. There are only two possible results for your bet.
This type of handicap is typical of under / over but is also used to represent goals of advantage or disadvantage in a game. For example, if you bet on Real Madrid -2.5, it means that your bet will win only if Real wins with 3 or more goals.
Asian handicap in quarter-goals
Halfway between the entire handicaps and half goals, there are also Asian handicaps to quarter-goals.
The latter are less common in betting but are always taking more foot because they offer many opportunities to increase winnings in the long run, often helping us to limit their losses.
By placing the bet on the fourth handicap, you basically divide your bet between the two types of bets previously explained. In other words, you can get the full payout but also get back half of the bet amount in the event of a tie.
There are only two types of handicaps a quarter of a goal, ie 25 and 0.75, regardless of the symbol that precedes them: ex. +1.25, +1.75, -2.25 etc.
To better explain how this kind of Asian handicap works, I’ll give you an example.
Let’s assume you bet € 100 on Napoli -1.25.
You would be completely in the box if the Azzurri win with 2 or more goals.
However, if Napoli wins with just one goal, you would recover half of your bet (€ 50) because that half is considered a draw.
Finally, if the team did not win at all, you would lose the full amount.
Why should you try the Asian handicap?
There is no need to be a mathematical genius to understand that when there are two possible results instead of three, the chances of winning are better. Just even recover your game, it is always better than losing it.
In addition, the different types of Asian handicaps allow you to have more control over the level of risk.
You can therefore prefer risky games with Asian handicaps in the middle of the goal or be more cautious with the Asian handicaps to a quarter of goals.
Of course, the odds are often more competitive than those offered on standard bets.
This is actually the main reason why many online bookmakers do not offer Asian handicap betting on their platforms.