Asian Handicap

The Asian Handicap is a popular bet type, but before playing with it you should first understand how it works.
By Guy K | Sports Betting
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    The Asian Handicap bet type
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The Asian Handicap bet type is becoming increasingly popular, as people find it much easier than the regular bet on football. We have to say that this is not necessarily true, but there is no doubt this is a much more straight-forward kind of bet.

What makes is such, put in simple words, is the elimination of the draw result, hence leaving the player with only two possible outcomes to bet on.

The bookie's aim is to create a line which will make each team's chances to win as close to 50% as possible. This is done by "handicapping" one of the teams - or in the case of the game of football - giving their opponents a number of goals head start.

The number of goals is set by the bookie, after considering the strengths of the teams involved in the match. If the teams are fairly equal, the bookie might set a handicap of 0.5 goals. This means that the weaker team, from the bookie point of view, starts the match with a 0.5-0 lead.

If there is a clear favourite in the match, the handicap will grow bigger, getting as high as 2 or 3 goals. By giving such a huge lead to the underdog, the bookie can set a line close to the 50-50 chance.

There are three common methods for the Asian Handicap bets:

This is the easiest to comprehend, so we'll start from here.

In this method the handicap comes in the form of half-goals. This can be a +0.5 advantage or a +2.5 advantage. Here's an example:

Let's assume Brazil take on England. The bookie considers Brazil to be stronger and decides to give England a 1.5 goal start. This will show:

Brazil -1.5 vs. England +1.5

This means that match starts with England leading 1.5-0. Since we have great faith in England we decide to place our money on them.

* Winning The Bet - We win if one of three occurs: (a) England win, (b) The match ends in a draw or (c) Brazil win by one goal.
In these three scenarios Brazil fail overcome the 1.5 goals advantage the bookie gave England.
* Losing The Bet - We lose the bet if Brazil overcomes the 1.5 Goal advantage, by winning by a two-goal margin or more.

The principle in the Rounds method is similar to the one we saw in the Halves, but there are a couple of differences. The first and most obvious is the fact that the handicap comes in the form of round goals. The other is... Well, let's explain this using another example:

Brazil and England meet again, but this time the bookie decided to give England a 1 goal advantage. Therefore:

Brazil -1 vs. England +1

As we already know, from the bookie point of view England start the match with a 1-0 lead.

* Winning The Bet - To win this bet we need England to win or at least salvage a draw. This means that, once again, Brazil failed to overcome the 1 goal advantage. This one is simple.
* Losing The Bet - If Brazil wins by 2 goals or more, the 1 goal advantage is obsolete and we lose the bet.
* Drawing The Bet - Now we stand with one option open - what if Brazil wins by 1 goal? Such a result draws the bet, as Brazil's win evens England's advantage. Well, in this case the solution is simple - the bookie refunds your stake and that is it. You neither win nor lose.

Double Asian Handicap Bets (Quarters):
This is the tricky part of the Asian Handicap. Once you understand the idea behind this - it's easy to comprehend what's going on, but this is not as simple as you would think.

The double Asian Handicap bet is a situation when a wager is split into two equal and separate bets. For instance:

Brazil -1, -1.5 vs. England +1, +1.5 (The odds for England to win are 2.05)

As you can see, there are two handicaps here: 1 and 1.5.

Let's assume we decide to place a £100 bet on England. The bookie "takes" the £100 and splits them in half, just as if we made two bets: £50 on England +1 and another £50 on England +1.5. The odds for both these bets are as specified - 2.05.

Since we actually made 2 bets, there are more possible scenarios:

* Winning The Bet - If England wins, we also win our total bet, as Brazil failed to overcome neither of the two handicaps.
* Losing The Bet - If Brazil wins by 2 goals or more we lose our entire bet, as they managed to overcome the two handicaps. Obviously, there is nothing special here.
* Half Win - In case Brazil wins by 1 goal, we win the +1.5 bet but draw the +1 bet. This is considered as "Half Win", as we won only half of our bet (£50*odds) while the other half is refunded.
* Half Loss - This could have happened if we chose to bet on Brazil and Brazil won by 1 goal. In this case we lose the -1.5 bet and draw the -1 bet.

Another way to display the Double Bet is by using Quarters. Instead of showing two handicaps, we show one which is their average. Therefore, another way to display our previous example is:

Brazil -1¼ vs. England +1¼
f you want value, Asian handicaps can’t be beat. In the second and final part of his masterclass, Andy Thompson reveals how this form of betting offers punters the chance to routinely bet against the Big Three – and win.

So how many times do you think you could back Arsenal at odds-against to win in the Premiership last season? The staggering answer is just four matches. In fact, apart from the evens available in one place about the Gunners for their high-octane Highbury clash with Manchester United, Arsenal actually started odds-on for every home game they played in the Premiership last season. Make no mistake – the gulf in class between the top three sides in England and the rest is getting bigger all the time.

From a betting point of view, the dominance of Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea isn’t good news. Indeed the likely odds on offer about the Big Three are so prohibitive that many of their live TV matches will be dead rubbers for punters.

It’s no surprise then, that Asian handicaps are becoming increasingly popular. Offering the chance to take a view at around even money on even the most one-sided games, Asian handicaps are now a vital weapon in the armoury of any punter looking to be profitable on football.

Talking Garbasz
As former Sporting Index and Victor Chandler football guru David Garbasz said recently: ‘The future is Asian.’ We looked last month at the way Asian handicaps can make an even contest of any football match – however one-sided it may appear – by handicapping the competing teams to receive or concede a head start. We also looked at how Asian handicaps can eliminate the draw for betting purposes, offering a positive or negative outcome for punters whatever the result.

But when are the best times to choose Asian handicaps as a part of your football betting strategy?

For those who care about value, the answer is simple: whenever possible. While traditional football betting typically operates at margins of more than 110%, the percentages on Asian handicaps are much lower, usually trading at just 103% – the lowest in the industry by some margin. This is because Asian handicaps have only two outcomes – a win for either side – so the in-built bookmaker profit margins are lower (the draw takes up a big percentage of the margin in traditional football betting). So whenever you place a bet on an Asian handicap market, you are always going to get better value than in any other form of betting on football.

Let’s take a match between Arsenal and Chelsea. Arsenal are at home, and so are -0.5 of a goal favourites on the handicap. The price for them to cover the start is 1.9 (10/11), with Chelsea, receiving a start of +0.5 of a goal, at a similar price. The same match is priced up on the 1 X 2 fixed-odds market at 4/5 Arsenal, 12/5 the draw and 3/1 Chelsea. Two different betting options, you might think. But not if you fancy Arsenal.

In the first example, a bet on Arsenal conceding the 0.5 of a goal handicap would see you lose if the match resulted in either a draw or a win for Chelsea. So, in effect, you are betting on Arsenal to win – precisely the same option as a straight win bet on the Gunners in the fixed odds market. But there is one difference. Because of the lower Asian handicap margins, you can have 10/11 rather than 4/5 about the same outcome.

Fixed Grins
As one Asian handicap market maker told us: ‘You have to laugh sometimes when punters come on and take the best fixed odds price when, with a little lateral thinking, better odds are available right in front of their noses.’

While smaller margins are clearly an enormous part of what makes Asian handicap betting so attractive, that’s by no means the end of the story. Asians can also offer far greater flexibility for the shrewd punter.

For example, consider a match that looks one-sided on paper, but in which you think the underdogs will perform well. Let’s say Manchester United are playing Middlesbrough at the Riverside. The Asian handicap is the split ball Manchester United (-0.5, -1.0) vs Middlesbrough (+0.5, +1.0).

If you fancy Middlesbrough to take at least a point, the only fixed odds options available are either to split your stakes between a bet on Middlesbrough and the draw, or lay United on the exchanges. However, the same result can also be achieved by placing a bet on the Asian handicap above – but with the added bonus of an additional safety net.

Let’s say the match goes as you suspected and, with 85 minutes gone, it’s still scoreless. However, in the 90th minute, United break quickly and snatch an undeserved late goal.

Though your judgment was largely correct, your bets on the fixed odds market would have been losers. With the Asian handicap option, you would have received a return of your stakes for half your bet. This is because your split ball wager would have been divided between Middlesbrough receiving half a goal start (a loser, in this instance) and Middlesbrough receiving a goal start (a tie on the handicap in this match).

So Asian handicaps can offer punters the opportunity to protect their stake (or part of their stake), if they have an opinion on a match and, in practice, are proved to be nearly right in their judgment. With so many games in the Premiership often turned on the head by late goals, such a safety net can be a valuable asset.

Another great advantage of Asian handicap markets is their ability to eliminate the spoiler of the draw. Let’s say Manchester United and Arsenal are playing in an FA Cup semi-final at a neutral venue. The match looks certain to be a highly charged affair, and a stalemate seems distinctly possible.

The Asian handicap is:

Manchester United (0) 1.95 vs Arsenal (0) 1.95.

You fancy United, but fear they may not finish the job in normal time. With a bet on the Asian handicap above, if the match does end in a draw, your stakes would be returned (as a drawn match would result in a tie on the handicap). If you have a fancy for either United or Arsenal to win the game, you can back them at a shade of odds-on, aware that only in the event of them losing the match would you lose your money.

So much for the theory. What do the experts have to say? Graham Doyle is managing director of Premierbet, the football bookmakers who pioneered Asian handicaps in the UK.

While the company are renowned for laying large bets on fixed odds matches, Asian handicaps are their signature market. They will offer handicap options on every Premiership and Champions League match throughout the coming season. Doyle’s advice for Asian handicap punters is simple: always look to get with the underdogs.

‘The markets here and in Asia often overestimate the superiority of the favourites,’ Doyle explains. ‘Just as people have a natural inclination to buy goals on the spreads because they want to see lots of action, punters often feel more comfortable siding with the big name team to cover the handicap rather than the underdogs receiving it.’

Power of three
‘People like to back a favourite to win well. But even with the dominance of the Big Three, it’s a lot to ask for any side to concede a handicap of more than a goal,’ he continues. ‘This is amplified by the fact that teams will often take their foot off the gas when a victory is certain. This can allow beaten teams to score consolation goals, turning a comprehensive victory into a narrow one and transforming a winning handicap bet into a loser.’

‘When betting on Asian handicaps, it’s worth remembering that team managers only care about the victory, not the margin of victory.’

So there you have it. Lower margins, better value, more flexibility and the chance to protect your stake in the event of things going wrong – not to mention a heads-up on how to exploit the market from the MD of Asian handicap betting’s leading exponents.

For punters ambitious enough to take a leap of faith beyond the traditional forms of betting, this could be a fascinating and profitable adventure. And for those who aren’t prepared to embrace what is already the only way they bet on football in Asia – remember what happened to King Canute.

Asian Handicaps

Asian handicaps are one of the most underrated types of football bets. One of the reasons for this is the complexity surrounding them. In all honesty, they are pretty easy to use; you just need to spend a little time learning how they work.

As many punters overlook markets such as the Asian handicap in favour for fixed odds and coupon bets, they often are losing out on a lot of value. Whilst not every game will offer a chunk of value, the majority will allow you to bet on games which you feel will be tight and consequently have a little bit of a cushion for your bet.

These types of markets are some of the most popular in Asia and the Far East, but in Western Europe the majority of punters tend to stay clear and stick with markets they are more familiar with.
How Asian Handicaps work

The Asian Handicap basically gives one team a hypothetical head start over their opponent. So this may be one goal, two goals or even just a fraction of a goal. The concept is to even the playing field out in matches where there is a clear favourite and an underdog. Depending on how much of a favourite one team is over the other will depend on the size of the handicap.

After each game has been competed the handicap for that game will be taken and the score line is then adjusted. The handicapped score line will be the Asian line that you then take for your bet. Some markets work so they eliminate results such as the draw and others will simply give you your money back if a draw is still apparent even after the adjustment of the handicap.


For our first example we will be using the most common form of Asian Handicapping which is expressed as a fraction. These fractions are one of 0.25, 0.5 and 0.75, with each essentially having the same meaning.

Let’s say Chelsea are playing Fulham in the Premier League and prior to the game Chelsea are favourites to win the tie. As Chelsea are away the odds are pretty tight, but still shifted in Chelsea’s favour. An Asian handicap for this match might look like Fulham (+0.5) and Chelsea (-0.5). All this means is that Fulham technically have a head start of half a goal whilst Chelsea has a deficit of half a goal.

The game finishes 2-1 to Chelsea. If you had backed Chelsea to win then you would have won the bet even at -0.5 as the game would technically be 1.5-1 in Chelsea’s favour. If you backed Fulham you would have still lost as the score would then read 2-1.5 in Chelsea’s favour once again.

Let’s say the same game ended in a 2-2 and see how the same handicap would have affected results. If you backed Chelsea then you would have lost your bet as the handicapped score would then read 1.5-2. If you had backed Fulham then you would have won the bet as the score would have read 2.5-2 in Fulham’s favour this time.

The Asian Handicap has basically allowed punters to bet on a team that hasn’t won the match, but still be able to win their bet after the handicap has been deducted. This form of betting works especially well with tight games such as the above example and often gives bettors a bit of a cushion to come out on top without their team actually winning.

Handicaps are also popular in games where there is a massive favourite. The beauty of a handicap means that you can adjust the handicapped number to reflect two teams that are evenly matched and go off at odds somewhere around even money for both teams.

Let’s say Chelsea were playing in the FA Cup this time against lower league opposition Shrewsbury Town. The odds may look something like this; Chelsea 1/10, Draw 5/1, Shrewsbury 10/1. Now there is little to no value in this market for the majority of punters and Chelsea are going to almost certainly win this game comfortably.

However, if a handicap of -3.5 for Chelsea and +3.5 for Shrewsbury were applied then they would be much more favourable odds for the punter. In fact, both teams would go off somewhere around even money making this bet a lot more appealing for most bettors.

Sometimes an Asian handicap can include the draw into their results, which will remove the fractions from the equation. So it may look like West Brom (+1.0) v Everton (-1.0). The same as above applies, except this time if after the handicap has been applied and the game is a draw, then the punter receives their stake back.

Split Balls

This is where the Asian Handicap can get tricky for some bettors. But in all honesty it’s actually pretty simple to apply. A split balls game might look like West Brom (0, +0.5) v Everton (0, -0.5). The two numbers will represent two bets, so basically your original bet is split between two handicap markets. The first number – in this case 0 for both – represents the first handicap, and the second – either plus or minus 0.5 – represents the second handicap. Your stake is halved between each bet.

Let’s say West Brom win the game 1-0. You have backed West Brom at 0, +0.5 so half of your bet on the first market will win, and your other half on the second market will also win.

Now let’s say the game finished 2-2 and you backed West Brom. Your first half of the stake would be returned and the second half of the stake would be winner.

If you backed Everton and the game finished 2-2 your first half would be a returned as the game finished in a draw and the second half would be a loss as you have -0.5 on the handicap.

The Split Balls section of Asian handicap betting is just another way to minimise your exposure by technically having two results to choose from. The handicapping system as a whole will allow you have a much wider range of results work in your favour and also level the playing field in a variety of football matches. After spending a little time working out how each bet works, it shouldn’t take too long to master and can be a very lucrative form of betting.
Asian Handicap Bets! Guide and explanation.
28.05.2014, 14:03by Drayton Hammes

This article explains the ins and outs of Asian Handicap Betting — a rapidly growing betting style that originated in Asia. With its many different options, it has become the preference of many bettors and bookies alike.

Asian Handicap betting is the most popular style of betting in Asian countries. Recently, it has been taking Europe by storm, as it removes the draw option from that of the traditional “Win-Draw-Win” style and boils the bet down to choosing one side or the other. The underdog in the match enters the game with an advantage of some sort, and the bettor can choose them with that advantage or pick the favorite to cover the spread line. Whereas the “Win-Draw-Win” format only offers 3 types of bets for each match, Asian Handicap offers many more and can present very nice odds for bettors betting on a blowout or a big upset, while at the same time presenting bettors with the choice of downsizing the favorites’ spread, which ultimately leads to more payouts than other betting styles.

The favorites are indicated by a preceding minus sign (-). The underdogs are indicated by a preceding plus sign (+).

Asian Handicap betting has eliminated the outright draw bet. Instead, they offer handicaps of 0 or 0.25. For example, if you choose a side on the +0 asian handicap, if they win, you win the bet. But if they draw, your whole bet is returned to you rather than it being lost (some bookies may offer DNB–Draw No Bet–or Level Ball, which are both the same bet as a +0 asian handicap). On the +0.25 asian handicap, if the underdog wins, obviously the bet is won. But if the match draws, since they are the underdogs, half of the bet is won. On the other side of that coin, the -0.25 asian handicap offers bettors the chance to hedge their bets a bit, particularly in the event of a large wager. If the favorites fail to win the match and it ends in a draw, now the bettor only loses half of his/her bet.

This rule also pertains to larger spreads such as -1, -1.25, +1, +1.25 and on and on. If the favorites are chosen on a -1 asian handicap and they win the match by 2 goals, you win the bet. However, if they only win by one goal, your bet is returned. For the underdogs, a +1 asian handicap means if they win or draw, they win the bet. However, if they lose by more than one goal, the bet is lost. But this is why asian handicap offers the +1.75 option (and -1.75). In this event, if the underdog loses by one goal, the bet is obviously won. But if they lose by two goals, now the bettor only loses half of his/her bet. On the other side of that coin, if the favorites were to win by 2 goals on a -1.75 asian handicap line, they would win half their bet. A 3-goal win or more, however, wins the whole bet.

Finally, Asian Handicap offers the bettor to still choose the traditional Win option in the form of -0.5. This means if the favorites win the game by any amount of goals, you win the bet. But if the match draws, your bet is lost. For the underdogs on the +0.5 asian handicap, a draw or win will earn the bet. However, Asian Handicap offers many more options such as the -1.5/+1.5, -2.5/+2.5, -3.5/+3.5, etcetera etcetera. In these bets, the favorite will need to win by 2 goals for a -1.5 asian handicap, 3 goals for a -2.5 asian handicap, and so on. However, the underdogs will need to keep the score within 1 goal for a +1.5 asian handicap, within 2 goals for a +2.5 asian handicap, and so on.

Here is a chart to explain:

Asian handicap betting explained

These numerous, varying options are why Asian Handicap betting is becoming so much more popular across Europe right now. A reliable and fair bookie that offers top odds for Asian Handicap can be found at Bet365.

Last but not least we can researched a video for you to remove all ambiguity that may remain:
Asian Handicap Odds tends to fluctuate according to punters buying pattern and other market forces, so please check with for the latest Asian Handicap Odds before making your final decision or placing your bets.

Becoming a good professional salesperson requires the same type of training that is required of other good professionals.  Athletes, physicians, college professors, fire fighters - you name the profession, and the people at the top pay a price every day to stay there.  The price they pay is their conditioning.
Conditioning is a way of life.  It’s a set of rules, sometimes philosophical, but always practical.  Follow the rules and you’ll always be conditioned to make the best use of the system.
Through the years, the Sandler Sales Institute® has charted the success and failure of thousands of sales professionals.  We’ve documented that those who become top sales performers, and those who remain at the top year after year, condition themselves daily for success.
One method of conditioning is to stay on the right side of the trouble line.  Salespeople have a choice to make every day.  They can either be on 'Pay Time' or 'No-Pay Time.'  Trouble occurs, however, when you spend too much time on the 'No Pay Time' side of the line.
Pay Time is from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, or whichever part of the day or night is best for presenting your product or service to prospects.  This is that special time when prospects are inclined to see you, when you call on referrals, set appointments, and service your customers.
No-Pay Time is important, too, but it’s set aside for planning, conditioning, learning more about your product or service, and attending meetings.  No-Pay Time usually occurs after 5:00 PM and before 9:00 AM.
When you perform No-Pay Time activities during Pay Time hours, you create a worse problem than simply hurting your sales performance.  If you’re supposed to be doing one thing, and you know it, but you do something else, two negatives occur:
· You feel guilty because you’re violating your conditioning; and
· You’re less productive because you’re doing the wrong thing.
Do you see how that leads to trouble?
If you’re sitting in your office during Pay Time, but you’re spending hours planning, reading trade literature, conducting meetings, and moving prospect cards from the left side of the desk to the right side, or even if you’re in your car driving from the west side of town to the east side, you may say you’re working, but you know you’re working on the wrong side of the trouble line.
It’s easier for salaried salespeople to violate this conditioning rule than it is for those who get paid on commission.  Salaried salespeople may not feel the urgency that comes with a commission-only job.  They’re going to collect the same dollar amount week after week, so time management is a less critical issue for salaried employees.  However, if you are salaried and you’re spending too much time on the wrong side of the trouble line, you may be just a heartbeat away from termination.
Salary is just another form of commission to a top-performing salesperson.  In fact, there’s no such thing as salary in the sales profession.  If you now take a salary, I suggest you stop.  Get yourself on commission.  When you do, it will be easier to keep yourself on the right side of the trouble line.
Another trick to help you use Pay Time productively is to set goals.  I’m not talking about annual goals and five-year plans.  They have their place, but I’m talking about setting daily goals.  Top sales performers condition themselves by beginning every day with goals.  “Today, I want to accomplish the following…” and they either record their goals on paper, or they note them mentally.  I suggest you keep a daily journal to help you maintain quality time management.
It’s easy to recognise salespeople who violate the trouble line rule.  They’re the hysterical-acting people.  Instead of pacing themselves, they fall behind in their work.  At the end of the month they scramble to make their quotas, or suddenly they’ve scheduled back-to-back sales calls three days in a row.  This hysterical activity is nonproductive.  It results in panic.  And, it occurs because the salesperson failed to consistently spend time on the right side of the trouble line.
If you want to get to the top of your sales profession, be consistent.  Stay on the right side of the trouble line, and make your Pay Time productive.
Excerpted from You Can’t Teach a Kid to Ride a Bike at a Seminar, ©1995 by David H. Sandler.  All rights reserved.

Asian basically removes the draw element of betting

United v Arsenal you fancy United to win.

If you back them -1 on the Asian Handicap and they win by 2 or more goals you win your bet 100%

If they win by one goal(1-0,2-1,3-2 for example) you will get your stake refunded.

A draw or or Arsenal win you obviously lose your bet.


Gettin into the -0.5's and -0.75's can be tricky to explain so I'll just try the -0.5.

If you back United -0.5 on the AH to beat Arsenal then effictively its the same as a normal bet.

If United win by any score you win,lose or draw and you lose your bet.


The -0.75 bet is a combo of the two really.If you place €10 on United -0.75 then €5 is on the -1 on the other €5 is on the -0.5.

If United 1-0 then the -0.5 bet is a winner and the -1 bet is a refund.
You can - during a football match prices on the Asian Handicap change according to match circumstances. In this sense you can use the Asian Handicap market to trade exactly as you would any other football market - i.e. you can place bets before the game because you think it will offer cash-out opportunities, or you can use the Asian Handicap market during the game in order to lock in a profit.
Over / Under
What are Over / Under Bets?

Over/Under bets are mentioned here, because they remind a lot about handicaps. In an O/U bet, the bet is determined on the total number of goals / points / runs / sets ... scored in the match. For a European football match, the bet could for instance offer odds 2.10 for the total number of goals to exceed 2.5. Or in an American football game, the bet could offer odds 1.90 for the total number of points to exceed 35. And so on. You can offer Over/Under bets on anything, which is determined by the outcome of some single number.

As with handicaps, an Over/Under can end undetermined if the threshold in the bet, the total, is integer, e.g. the American football Over/Under with a total of 35. And again there is an issue of a payback / refund of the bet stake in case this happens.
Handicaps and Over/Unders are the same

The similarity between handicap and Over/Under betting is particularly clear when you notice, that handicap bets are simply Over/Under-bets, where the number determining the Over/Under is the goal difference between the two teams. You will also see an identical presentation of the two types of bets at this site.
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