Asian Handicap Betting Explained

Asian handicap betting is one of the most useful options for anyone seeking to gain great value
when wagering on soccer. This article will explain the concept of Asian handicap betting, how
it differs from European handicaps, and the profits that you will earn if you are successful.

What is a European Handicap?

A European handicap is very straightforward. It only involves whole numbers, and there is just
one outcome in each bet: win or lose.

You can bet on a team -1, -2, -3 and so on, or you can bet on a team +1, +2, +3 and so on.

For example, let’s say you decide to bet on Juventus -1 in a game against Fiorentina. In that
case Juventus would need to win by 2 or more goals for your bet to pay off. If they won by just
a single goal, drew the game or lost the game, your bet would crash and burn.

You might alternatively decide to bet on Napoli +2. In that case, Napoli would need to win,
draw the game or lose by a single for the bet to pay off. If it lost by 2 goals or more, the bet
would fail.

How Does an Asian Handicap Differ?

Asian handicap betting presents bettors with many more options. It introduces the potential for
bets to result in a push or a scratch, whereby you get your stake back. It also means you can
earn a half-win or lose just half your stake.

The easiest way to explain Asian handicap betting is by using an example. We can stick with
the game mentioned above.

Let’s say Juventus is the home team and they are on a long winning streak, whereas Fiorentina
are missing a couple of important players through injury. You might then find that Juventus is
the 1.57 favourite, while the draw is priced at 4.00 and Fiorentina are 4.75 underdogs.

If you think Juventus will win, but you want better odds than 1.57, you can check out the
handicap betting markets. Going for a simple Juventus -1 on the European handicap is one
option, but Asian handicap betting gives you much more flexibility.

If you bet on Juventus -1 Asian handicap, you might expect to find odds of 2.05. In that case,
there are three potential outcomes:
– Juventus win by 2 or more goals, meaning you get paid out.
– Juventus win by 1 goal, meaning the bet is settled as a push and you get your money
back.
– Juventus draw or lose, meaning you lose your stake.

An Asian handicap is different from a European handicap, because you get your money back if
it pushes.

Asian Handicap Half Lines

An Asian handicap of -1.5 is equivalent to a European handicap of -1. An Asian handicap of –
2.5 is equivalent to a European handicap of -2.

If you bet on Juventus -1.5, you might expect better odds of 2.68, but there are just two
options:
– Juventus win by 2 or more goals, and you get paid out.
– Juventus lose, draw or win by a single goal, and your bet fails.

Asian Handicap Quarter Lines

You can also opt for markets involving 0.25, 0.75, 1.25, 1.75, and so on. This gives you even
more flexibility.

If you were to bet on Juventus -0.75, you might expect odds of 1.81. In that case, there are
three potential outcomes:
– Juventus win by 2 or more goals, meaning you get a full win.
– Juventus win by 1 goal, meaning you secure a half-win.
– Juventus lose or draw, meaning your bet fails.

You could alternatively go for Juventus 1.25 at odds of 2.38. Once again there are three
potential outcomes:
– Juventus win by 2 or more goals, meaning you get a full win.
– Juventus win by 1 goal, meaning you lose half of your stake.
– Juventus lose or draw, meaning your bet fails.

As you can see, you now have a lot more flexibility. If you are convinced Juventus will win by
2 goals, you can go for Juventus -1.5. If you think they will probably win by 2 goals, but you
fear the winning margin may be just by a single goal, you can go for Juventus -1.25 or
Juventus -1.

This table explains the various potential outcomes of each Asian handicap betting option.

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