Asian Handicap

July 8, 2020 | In: Asian Handicap

Asian Handicap is a popular type of bet used in football and very popular in Asia (hence its name). Indeed, it is a standard form of betting throughout Asia.

By itself, betting on Asian Handicap eliminates the zero result by reducing the number of probable results to two. Asian Handicap tends to be favorable for bettors because it limits the number of calculations you have to perform in order to determine your optimal bet.

In betting, a “handicap” means that a team is given the opportunity to lead virtually against another before the match begins. If you place a bet on this designated team and they win (taking into account that they have had the opportunity to lead virtually), you win the bet.

In general, there are five varieties of Asian Handicap, even if the format depends on the Bookmaker (alternative formats in parentheses):

Standard handicaps
Half-handicaps (1/2 or 0.5)
Zero handicaps (O)
Third Handicaps (3/4 or 0.75 or 0.5-1)
Quarter Handicaps (1/4 or 0.25 or 0-0.5)

Standard handicaps (full)
A handicap is a number added to the final result of a match. If the result of the match, including this handicap, results in a draw, the bet is canceled and the money is refunded to the bettor.

Half-handicaps (1/2 or 0.5)

Half handicaps (0.5) eliminate draws by adding half points to the final result. This means that the bet is always won or lost and that no refund takes place.

Zero handicaps (0)

Zero handicaps cancel the handicap system itself, which means that the winner is simply the winner of the match and, in the event of a draw, the stakes are refunded to the bettors.

Third Handicaps (3/4 or 0.75 or 0.5-1)

This variety of Asian Handicap divides your bet into two pools, each of which is equivalent to 50% of your bet. Whether you win or lose depends on a calculation similar to the previous examples:

Asian handicap 0.75 = 50% of the bet, Asian handicap 0.5
50% of the bet, Asian handicap 1
Asian handicap 1.75 = 50% of the bet, Asian handicap 1; 5
50% of the bet, Asian handicap 2

Example:

Team A vs. Team B
0: 0.75 Asian handicap

Example:

Team A vs. Team B
0: 0.75 Asian handicap

You bet 100 Euros on Team B with an Asian handicap of 0.5 which is equivalent to 1.9 so your stake is therefore divided by 50 Euros for Team B with an Asian handicap of 0.5 and 50 Euros for Team B with an Asian handicap of 1.

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

Quarter Handicaps also divide your bet into two pots, each equivalent to 50% of your bet. It will be determined whether you win or lose, in the same way as the previous examples:

Asian handicap 0.25 = 50% of the bet, Asian handicap 0
50% of the bet, Asian handicap 0.5
Asian handicap 1.75 = 50% of the bet, Asian handicap p 1
50% of the bet, Asian handicap 1.5

Example:

Team A vs. Team B
0: 0.25 Asian handicap

You bet 100 Euros on Team B with an Asian handicap of 0.25 which is equivalent to 2.0. Your stake is divided by 50 Euros for Team B with an Asian handicap of 0 and 50 Euros for Team B with an Asian handicap of 1.5.

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