Starting it short, Asian Handicap is a popular way to bet on the outcome of football games where the options to choose from are reduced from 3 to 2. Many sites are telling that the draw is “eliminated” which is not really so – it is not possible to bet exactly and only on draw but draw can mean profit or loss depending on the handicap so it features equally as any other possible outcome. For many reasons Asian Handicap is considered to be the best and most paying way to bet on football games:

– Obviously it is easier to decide between two than three possible options;
– Better payout. In fixed odds (1X2) betting the standard odds payout is up to 92-93%, in Asian Handicap 97-98%. This is a huge difference allowing to find value easier and gain much better returns in the long run;
– AH means flexible and balanced betting. On the fixed odds market punters are often tied to bet either on big favorites with low odds or try long shots on underdogs. In Asian Handicap we can bet on any team in any game at both quite decent odds and roughly 50% chance to have our bet winning which eases a lot the money management and the fluent turnover.

How does it works?

“Handicap” (same as “spread” in the American sports) means a fictive head start given to one of the teams (by default the underdog) – virtually leading the game by 0.25 goal, 0.5 goal, 0.75 goal , 1 goal, 1.5 goal, etc. The punter must either back the favorite to beat this handicap or the underdog to hold it. The default handicap could be also 0 goals (level ball) when both teams are estimated as more or less equal. It looks abstract at first glance but not hard to comprehend. The Asian Handicap bet is settled by adding the handicap to the actual result of the game. For example if Wigan have received 0.5 goal advantage against Blackburn (Wigan +0.5) and the game ends with a draw, the bet on Wigan wins by half a goal. Bets on Blackburn are winning if Rovers just win no matter with what result, that simple. When we have -1.5 handicap the favorite must win the game at least by 2 goals margin, otherwise the underdog (+1.5) is winning by half or more goals. For 0, 1 and 2 goals handicap the bet result could be a virtual draw and in this case all stakes are refunded. For example if Man United are set one goal down to Middlesbrough and they win exactly by 1 goal, the Asian Handicap result is draw and all bets are settled as void.

In fact many Asian Handicap lines cover exactly the same thing as other betting options – no need to mention what -0.5 means, the 0 goals handicap is equal to “Draw No Bet”, +0.5 is same as backing the underdog at “Double Chance”, -1.5 is same as Euro Handicap (0:1). Odds are usually higher though as we underlined one of the main advantages of AH betting.

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