Asian Handicap Explained

Today we will give you an introduction into the Asian handicap.

When betting on Asian handicap you always have two options, the “favorite” or the “underdog”, instead of the usual 1X2. The handicap is assigned one of the teams, usually to eliminate the difference between the two.

The handicap means that the one team must score its way out of the handicap which has been defined. More specifically the handicap is subtracted from the match’s final result. The handicap of the favorite is defined with a minus (-) while the advantageous handicap of the underdog is defined with a plus (+).

In general there are two different kinds of Asian handicap, the “regular handicap” and so-called “split-balls“. Regular handicaps are expressed with a single value, e.g. 0.5 or 1 or 1.5. The split-balls are defined with two numbers, like -0.5,-1 (also -0.75) or +1,+1.5 (also +1.25).

Regular Asian Handicap

An example of a regular Asian handicap can be seen below

TeamHandicap
Liverpool-0.5
Manchester City+0.5

The example above means that Liverpool starts the match being behind with half a goal. Therefore Liverpool would need to score at least one goal to win the match.

In case the match ends with a draw (e.g. 2-2) it would mean that Manchester City would win the game with the final score of 1.5 – 2.
In case of a Liverpool win (e.g. 2-1) the final score would be 1.5 – 1 and Liverpool would therefore also win after the handicap has been subtracted.

A second example using the handicap of 0.

TeamHandicap
Liverpool0
Manchester City0

By setting the handicap to 0, both teams are set as equals and no favorite or underdog is defined. This also means that the bet can end in a void (no bet). When betting on Asian handicaps there are no draws.

Should the match end in a draw (e.g. 1-1) the bet would be voided. In the case that Manchester City wins, they will also be the winner after the handicap is subtracted.

Now let’s have a look at the “split-balls” Asian handicaps, which can be a bit less transparent.

Split-Balls

As mentioned above, the split-balls are presented as two numbers, e.g. -0.5,-1. this is often expressed as -0.75 to improve readability.

The reason for having two numbers, is the fact that you are actually “buying” two different bets. Let’s have a look at an example, to better understand:

TeamHandicap
Liverpool -0.75
Manchester City +0.75

In this case, placing a bet of 100€ on Liverpool -0.75, we are actually placing the following to bets:

  • 50€ on Liverpool -0.5
  • 50€ on Liverpool -1

Should the result of the match end up being a draw or Manchester City win, both bets are lost.

In case of a Liverpool win by 1 goal (e.g. 1-0), the first bet (Liverpool -0.5) would be won while the second bet would be voided.

Finally, should Liverpool win by more than one goal, e.g. 3-1, both bets and therefore the entire bet is won.

This was a brief introduction into Asian handicaps – we hope to bring you more detailed articles on the topic in the future!

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