Bookmark Website  | Free Registration  | The Team
The Lounge  | Champions  | The Wire |  Schedule |  Audio  |  Arcade  |  The Top Ten  |  Historical  |  Email  |  Video

Asian Handicaps Explained


The most common way to bet on football in the UK is with 3 way betting (sometimes called 1X2). The three options are home win, draw and away win. Working out whether you win a bet is straight forward. If you bet on a home win and the home side wins, you win, else you loose. The same goes for the draw and the away win.

The aim of Asian Handicap betting is to reduce the outcome of the bet from 3 outcomes to 2. This is achieved by giving one side a head start. At first the figures may seem a bit daunting but once you understand a few common handicaps the rest is easy.

The easiest handicap is to picture is the +0.5 handicap. This is given when one team is a clear favourite. So if a home win is expected, the away side may be given a half goal head start. If you bet on the away side the outcome of your bet is as follows:

Home win - Lose bet
Draw - Win bet
Away win - Win bet

Another easy handicap to grasp is the +0 handicap. This is where no side is the favourite so neither side is given a goal head start. If you bet on the away side, the bet outcomes are as follows:

Home win - Lose bet
Draw - Draw bet*
Away win - Win bet

*A draw bet is where your stakes are refunded.

The final straightforward handicap is the +1 handicap. This is where one team is a very strong favourite. A half goal handicap is not enough so the weaker side is given a full goal head start. So if an away side was given a +1 handicap, and you bet on the away team the outcomes are as follows:

Home win by 2 or more goals - Lose bet
Home win by one goal - Draw bet.
Draw - Win bet
Away win - Win bet

If you bet on the home team (which would have a -1 handicap) the outcome is as follows:

Home win by 2 or more goals - Win bet
Home win by one goal - Draw bet.
Draw - lose bet
Away win - lose bet

These handicaps can be added together to form other handicaps. So if there was an banker type favourite the handicap may be +1.5. Here the favourite has to win by 2 clear goals or the team loses the handicap bet.

Do not confuse these with the 1X2 (or European) Handicaps. A -1 handicap 1X2 is equivalent to an Asian Handicap of -1.5. A +1 1X2 handicap is equivalent to a +0.5 Asian Handicap.

The handicaps that people struggle with the most are the 0.25 and the 0.75 handicaps. How is a quarter ball handicap different to a half goal handicap? Surely if you bet on a team with a plus quarter ball handicap and the match ends in a draw, you should win your bet the same as with a half ball handicap. That's actually not too far from what happens.

When you put these handicaps with quarters in them, you are actually placing 2 separate bets. So a quarter ball handicap is made up of a 0 handicap bet and a +0.5 handicap bet. Your stake is simply divided in half and put on each bet separately.

So if you placed a bet on a team with a plus a quarter handicap and the match ended in a draw, you would win half. Your +0 handicap bet would have drawn and you would get your stake back, whereas your +0.5 bet would have won so you win. Overall you win but you don't win as much as if the handicap was +0.5. If you bet on a team with a -0.25 handicap and the match was a draw, you would lose half your stake.

The 0.75 handicap is simply made up of the +0.5 handicap and the +1 handicap. So if you bet on a team with a -0.75 handicap and they won by exactly one goal, you would only win half. A 1.25 handicap is made up of a +1 and a +1.5 handicap.

Why bother with these Asian Handicaps if we already have 3 way betting? The answer lies in the bookie margin. With three outcomes the bookie can put a higher margin into the pricing. Even shopping around for the best 3 way odds the book value is still around 106% for a typical match. With Asian Handicaps and the two outcomes the bookie margin is much less. By doing a little shopping around its possible to reduce the bookie margin to zero on most football matches.

Recommended bookies for Asian Handicaps are Bet365, Premierbet, Sportingbet, Ladbrokes, Gamebookers and Victor Chandler. Betfair do Asian Handicaps but after commission the odds are generally worse there.

Ben writes football (soccer) betting tips for http://www.klsbetting.com visit for more articles and betting picks.


MORE RESOURCES:

Alabama attorney general candidates trade jabs over casino gambling
The Republic
ORANGE BEACH, Alabama — The Democratic challenger to Attorney General Luther Strange accuses him of being an absentee officeholder more interested in cracking down on bingo than violent crime. Strange says his opponent, Democrat Joe Hubbard, ...

and more »


New York Times

The Crowded Market for Casino Gambling
New York Times
More than half the population in the Northeast now lives within 25 miles of a casino featuring video lotteries, table games or slot machines, up from about 10 percent a decade ago. As the market grows crowded, many older casinos are declining or going ...
As Casino Business Softens, Atlantic City Promoting Its Non-Gambling ...CBS Local
The Short List: Atlantic City; Robin Williams; Sterling sagaUSA TODAY
Lawmakers to consider changing laws to allow casinos outside of Atlantic CityNews 12 New Jersey
NJ.com -Bloomberg
all 480 news articles »


Casino gambling: Any hope has faded
Foster's Daily Democrat
During a recent editorial board meeting, Gov. Maggie Hassan pooh-poohed the notion that the casino industry is in decline and therefore it is a bad bet for New Hampshire to expand casino gambling. The governor brushed aside our challenge by saying she ...



New Jersey Law Journal

Poll finds majority of New Jersey residents still oppose casino gambling ...
Press of Atlantic City
A majority of state residents continue to oppose expanding casino gambling outside of Atlantic City, according to a new poll, although residents are essentially split on adding casinos to the Meadowlands or Monmouth Park.
Garden State majority opposed to casinos outside Atlantic CityNJ TODAY
Poll: Half in NJ oppose gambling beyond Atlantic CityBurlington County Times
Poll: N.J. residents split on gambling outside Atlantic CityPhilly.com
The Star-Ledger -WABC-TV
all 138 news articles »


Chalkbeat Colorado

Ballot measure to allow casino gambling at racetracks gets green light
The Denver Post
A measure proposing to legalize casino gambling at the Arapahoe Park racetrack in Aurora received the green light Monday from Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler to appear on the November ballot. Based on a random sample of the 136,800 ...
Initiative #135 would legalize casinos at racetracks: Yea or neigh?Westword (blog)

all 8 news articles »


Investing in Casino Gambling
Wealth Daily
Anyone who has spent any amount of time at a casino — whether a brick-and-mortar locality or an online gaming site — knows that the odds always favor the house. After all, gaming companies wouldn't be in business for long if they didn't retain an ...

and more »


Dog racing, once doomed and propped up by casino gambling, comes to ...
al.com
MIAMI, Florida -- A mural-sized photograph at Flagler Dog Track celebrates the good old days, decades gone: Men and women in their finest clothes lean against the fence to catch a glimpse of the greyhounds, the stands emblazoned with red, white and ...



Casino gambling in Myrtle Beach unlikely, SC politicians say
The State
MYRTLE BEACH — Every few years, you can bet on hearing the renewed debate about casinos possibly coming to the Grand Strand. Those who support casinos say that the facilities would boost tourism to those who are looking to gamble while opponents ...

and more »


News 12 New Jersey

Racetracks push for casino gambling in plan to bring new life to racing
News 12 New Jersey
State horse racing operators are pushing for casino gambling to come to the racetracks, giving gamblers more ways to place bets. (7/29/14). EAST RUTHERFORD - State horse racing operators are pushing for casino gambling to come to the racetracks, giving ...



4 Reasons Blackjack Remains the World's Favorite Casino Gambling Game
Blackjack Champ
The casino gambler has almost unlimited options at their disposal. Given that, why is blackjack the most popular game? When most of us think of casinos, we think of the classic European table game of blackjack. Sure, there are other popular options ...


Google News


Advertisement



Section Site Map - Submit News - Feedback - Comments - Advertise with Us

Copyright 2006 Luminati Inc. All rights reserved.