All About Asian Handicap

What is an Asian Handicap?

Football is one of the few sports where a draw is a common result, which means there are always three possible outcomes to a match: win, draw or loss. If you bet using an Asian Handicap then you rule out the possibility of a draw, leaving only a win or loss as an option. The betting company will give both teams a handicap at the beginning of the match. This makes it more interesting to bet on a match, even if one team is a clear favourite.

Asian handicap is a form of handicapping that attempts to make the stronger team handicapped through having to win by a certain amount of goals to win a bet. Furthermore, it reduces the number of potential outcomes by eliminating draws or draws through adding goals in increments of half or a quarter. As no team can score a partial goal, the only outcome is either a win or a loss.
For example, if you bet on A to win by 0.5 goals a draw would result in losing the bet. In the event of a very strong team playing a much weaker opponent, the handicap may be a larger number of goals, for example, 3.5. In that case, the expected winner would need to win by 4 goals in order to win the bet placed on them. In essence, this makes the outcome a 50/50 bet, and also balances betting between both expected winner and underdog.

Invented in Indonesia, it is mainly used for football (soccer) betting but can include any sport or competition. It is widely adopted across Asia and is now seeing increased market penetration in the American and European gambling consumers. It has risen to popularity, due to the increase of sports betting in Asia, and as the sports betting sector looked to capitalize on this fast and relatively untapped market.

How Do Payouts Work?

As there are only two outcomes and the chances of either are, in theory, 50%, bookmakers generally payout close to even money, keeping a small percentage for themselves. An example of this type of payout would be 1.90 to 2.00. So, for every dollar you bet on a specific team, you would receive 95 cents extra if your predicted result was to happen.

Quarter Point Handicaps

Some matches will use quarter point handicaps, like .25 or .75. In these cases, the handicaps split the bet between the two closest half intervals (.5) and place them as two equal, separate bets. In essence, a .25 handicap would mean you are betting half on a draw and half on a 1 goal win. For example, if you were to bet $100 for team A to beat team B by .25 goals, and the final score was 1-0 in favor of A, you would win both and receive the full payout. However, if the results of the match were a draw, you would break even as you would lose one of the two bets made on your behalf. In the event of a .75 handicap for A, a draw would result in you losing your bet, and a 1-0 victory would result in you winning half of your bet, essentially breaking even. “A” would need to win by 2 goals to win both bets. Many bookmakers will express this as 0 and ½ or “PK and 1/2” (for the pick). The bookmakers that accept bets on American Football and Basketball will usually express their odds in this manner.

Whole Handicaps

In some instances, there are whole handicaps that, adjusted for the final score, could result in a draw. Asian handicapping does rarely have this situation, but in the rare event this happens, it is considered a push and all bettors have their original sums returned voiding the bet. Which means if you were to bet on a game where A had to win by 2.0 goals and the result of the match was 2.0 in favor of A, the result would be a draw and in this case, all bettors would receive back their wager. This is, again, very rare for Asian handicaps and only generally happens with very large odds where one team is expected to win by 2 or 3 goals.

Reading the Odds

The biggest benefit to a better is that the odds in theory, predict the end results as close as possible. This makes it possible to ascertain an expected score and the marginal difference in ability between the opponents. In the event of injuries or penalties, this can work in favor of the bettor who is informed, as Asian handicaps change frequently and have been known to fluctuate widely during the few days prior to a match. If a player is on a hot-streak and his team has to win by .75, many will bet on him and his team. For example if that player’s injury was to be announced the day before the match, the odds would change to zero or even against his team. When betting on Asian handicapped games it’s important to stay up-to-date with changing odds and information-locking in a bet, when the best possible odds are available.

Shifting Odds

In some instances heavy betting on one party can shift the odds. As Asian handicaps are primarily used to minimize bookmaker risk, when overwhelming bets are placed on any particular side, the odds shift to make betting on the opposing party more likely. For example, if the odds were 1.5 for team A to win and everyone was betting on team A, the bookmakers would shift the odds to 2.5 or even 3.5 increasing betting on team B.

Asian handicap explained:

Asian Handicap 0.0

• Your team wins = Win
• Your team loses = Loss
• The match ends in a draw = Stake returned

Asian Handicap -0.25

• Your team wins = Win
• Your team loses = Loss
• The match ends in a draw = Half the stake returned

Asian Handicap -0.5

• Your team wins = Win
• Your team loses = Loss
• The match ends in a draw = Loss

Asian Handicap -0.75

• Your team wins by two goals or more = Win
• Your team wins by one goal = Win on half the stake. Second half returned.
• Your team loses = Loss
• The match ends in a draw = Loss

Asian Handicap -1

• Your team wins by two goals or more = Win
• Your team wins by one goal = Stake returned
• Your team loses = Loss
• The match ends in a draw = Loss

Asian Handicap -1.25

• Your team wins by one goal = Half your bet loses. The other half you get back.
• Your team wins by two goals or more = Win
• Your team loses = Loss
• The match ends in a draw = Loss

Asian Handicap -1.5

• Your team wins by one goal = Loss
• Your team wins by two goals or more = Win
• Your team loses = Loss
• The match ends in a draw = Loss

Asian Handicap -1.75

• Your team wins by one goal = Loss
• Your team wins by two goals = Half your bet wins. The other half you get back.
• Your team wins by three goals ore more = Win
• Your team loses = Loss

• The match ends in a draw = Loss

Asian Handicap -2

• Your team wins by one goal = Loss
• Your team wins by two goals = Money back
• Your team wins by three goals ore more = Win
• Your team loses = Loss
• The match ends in a draw = Loss

Asian Handicap -2.25

• Your team wins by one goal = Loss
• Your team wins by two goals = Half your bet loses. The other half you get back.
• Your team wins by three goals ore more = Win
• Your team loses = Loss
• The match ends in a draw = Loss

Asian Handicap -2.5

• Your team wins by one or two goals = Loss
• Your team wins by three goals or more = Win
• Your team loses = Loss
• The match ends in a draw = Loss

Asian Handicap +1.25

• Your team wins = Win
• Your team loses by a goal = Half your bet wins. You get the other half of your bet back
• Your team loses by at least two goals = Loss
• The match ends in a draw = Win

Asian Handicap +1.5

• Your team wins = Win
• Your team loses by a goal = Win
• Your team loses by two goals or more = Loss
• The match ends in a draw = Win

Asian Handicap +1.75

• Your team wins = Win
• Your team loses by a goal = Win
• Your team loses by two goals = Half your bet loses. The other half you get back.
• Your team loses by three goals or more = Loss
• The match ends in a draw = Win

Asian Handicap +2

• Your team wins = Win
• Your team loses by a goal = Win
• Your team loses by two goals = Your money back
• Your team loses by three goals or more = Loss
• The match ends in a draw = Win

Asian Handicap +2.25

• Your team wins = Win
• Your team loses by a goal = Win
• Your team loses by two goals = Half your bet wins. The other half you get back.
• Your team loses by three goals or more = Loss
• The match ends in a draw = Win

Asian Handicap +2.5

• Your team wins = Win
• Your team loses by one or two goals = Win
• Your team loses by three goals or more = Loss
• The match ends in a draw = Win

Why should you use an Asian handicap?

First and foremost, it can make a football match more exciting. A draw in football can be a bit like landing on 0 in Roulette. It’s an outcome that is easy to forget. By reducing the number of outcomes an Asian handicap can make your betting more straightforward.