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A Guide To Asian Handicap Betting

What is Asian Handicap Betting?

Asian handicap betting can be a great way to increase your profitability when it comes to football betting especially if the game you’re betting on is a tight one. One of the most frustrating things for a football gambler is to bet on an outsider and to see that outsider go 1-0 up early on in the match, only to see them pegged back to 1-1 or even lose two quick goals right at the end of the match.

You feel good because at the end of the day if you’ve bet on Burnley beating Chelsea in the FA Cup and for 89 minutes they were, then that proves that the cruel laughter you received from your mates as you told them about your bet, was totally unjustified. However whilst they might congratulate you on almost getting it right and tell you what a ‘good spot’ it was, the fact is the bookmaker isn’t going to pay out on your bet because you were almost right.

But with the Asian handicap in such a situation you could get your money back or even win regardless of whether Burnley win or not!

So, how does it work? Well let’s say Burnley are playing the blues at Stamford Bridge the Asian handicap might look like this:

Chelsea (-2) 1.75 Burnley (+2) 1.95 (this is known as a 2 handicap)

So Chelsea (-2) means that they start with a two goal deficit and the 1.75 refers to the odds (note even sites that represent odds fractionally will some times represent Asian handicap odds in decimal LINK.) so 1.75 means you win 175% of your stake i.e. £10 wagered on Chelsea will net you £17.50 if it wins and the same £10 staked will net you £19.50 on Burnley if they win, the (+2) next to Burnley indicates that they have a two goal advantage.

So if Burnley did go 1-0 up and then in the 88th and 90th minutes they conceded two goals to lose the match 2-1 then you would still win £19.50 from the £10 you staked on them as you would if Burnley managed to hold Chelsea to a draw. If Chelsea scored in the last minute of injury time to make it 3-1 then you would get your money back.

Of course if Burnley did go on to simply win then as any good punter you would start lamenting on why you didn’t just back them in the normal fashion because you would have got far greater odds on just the Burnley win, however if you HEDGE YOUR BET {LINK} then it shouldn’t be too much of a problem.

So in summary an Asian handicap is where each team in the bet gets a + or – goal difference before the match and the odds are scaled down because you can only bet on the win and not the draw. If you’re still a little confused then just see it as being up or down, if a team starts with -2 it simply means that as far as your bet is concerned they are starting the game 2-0 down so in order for you to win any money they must win the game by at least three clear goals i.e. 3-0, 4-1, 5-2 if they win by only two goals then you would get your money back and a draw or a loss means that you lose.

Below is a table with the different value Asian handicap odds, refer to this table when you’re placing an Asian handicap bet.

SINGLE HANDICAPS

Handicap 0:

You win if your selected team wins.

If it is a draw, you are returned your stake.

Handicap 1:

If you choose the (-1) handicapped team, the team must win by at least 2 clear goals (2-0, 3-1, 4-2 etc).

If it only wins by one goal (1-0, 2-1, 3-2) the stake is refunded.

If you select the opposition (+1) team you win if the team wins or draws the match. If it loses by one goal the stake is refunded

Handicap 1.5:

If you select the (-1.5) handicapped team you win if the team wins the match by at least 2 clear goals.

If they win by one goal you lose your bet. (unlike Handicap 1).

If you select the opposition (+1.5) team you win if the team wins or draws. You also win if it loses by one goal (unlike Handicap 1).

Handicap 2:

If you select the (-2) handicapped team you win if they win by at least 3 clear goals. If they win by two goals the stake is refunded. If they win by one goal you lose your bet.

If you select the (+2) handicapped team you win if the team wins or draws. You also win if they lose by one goal. If they lose by two goals your stake is refunded.

Handicap 2.5:

If you select the (-2.5) handicapped team you win if they win by three or more goals. If they win by two goals you lose your bet (unlike Handicap 2)

If you select the opposition (+2.5) team you win if the team wins or draws. You also win if the team loses the match by less than three goals.

DOUBLE HANDICAP

In double handicap betting the wager is split in two.

An example of a double bet handicap would be:

Southampton (-½,-1) 2.0 v Burnley(+½,+1) 4.1

In this example half of a £10 bet is placed on Southampton minus half a goal and the other half on Southampton minus 1 goal.

So in other words this is an each way bet on Southampton of £5 at -1 and £5 at -½ this means if the

score is 1-0 to Southampton my £5 at -½ wins at odds of 2.0 (£5×2=£10) therefore I will get £5 + my £5 stake back. My £5 at -1 has earned me my money back because Southampton’s goal cancelled out their minus one deficit, therefore my total net profit for this game would be £5

Below is a guide with the different value Double Asian handicap odds, refer to this guide when you’re placing a Double Asian handicap bet.

Double Handicap 0, 0.5 (also known as level half):

If you select the (0, -0.5) handicapped team you win if the team wins by at least one goal. If it draws you lose 50 per cent of the stake.

If you select the opposition (0, +0.5) team you win if the team wins the match. If it draws, half your stake is returned and half is a winner at the odds taken.

Double handicap 0.5, 1:

If you select the (-0.5, -1) handicapped team. You win if the team wins the match by at least two goals. If it wins by one goal, half your stake is returned and half is a winner at the odds taken. If it draws you lose the bet.

If you select the opposition (+0.5, +1) team you win if the team wins or draws the match. If it loses by one goal, you get half your stake back. If it loses by two goals or more you lose the bet.

Double handicap: 1, 1.5:

If you select the (-1, -1.5) handicapped team you win if the team wins the match by at least two goals. If it wins by one goal you get half your stake back.

If you select the opposition (+1, +1.5), you win if the team wins or draws the match. Also if it loses the match by one goal you get half your stake back and the other half is a winner at the odds taken.

Double handicap 1.5, 2:

If you select the (-1.5, 2) handicapped team, you win if the team wins the match by three or more goals. If your team wins by two goals, half your stake is returned and half is a winner at the odds taken. If your team win by one goal you lose the bet.

If you select the opposition (+1.5, +2) team, you win if the team wins or draws. You also win if the team loses by one goal. If it loses with a two goal difference, half your stake is returned and half your stake is lost. If it loses with a three goal difference you lose the bet.

Double handicap 2, 2.5:

If you select the (-2, -2.5) handicapped team, you win if the team wins the match by three or more goals. If your team wins by two goals you get half your stake back. If your team wins by one goal you lose the bet.

If you select the opposition (+2, +2.5) team, you win if the team wins or draws. You also win if the team loses by one goal. If it loses with a two goal difference, you get half your stake back and the other half is a winner at the odds taken.

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