The concept of Asian handicapping can sound a bit complicated be but once you get the hang of you’ll wonder why you never thought of using it to bet on football matches before. This type of bet is particularly popular in the Far East (hence the name) and with most popular online bookmakers now offering this type of bet, it is growing in popularity over here.
It can see a bit complex or even nonsensical at first, especially when you see things like teams getting a handicap of +.25! But the easiest way to explain it is in an Asian Handicap betting market the team seen as having a less likely chance to win is give a start of say .5 of a goal. So in every game you have a choice of either betting for the team who is given a head start or the team who is conceding the start.
Here’s how it works in a real betting context:
Manchester City + 0.5 v Liverpool – 0.5
In this example Manchester City are getting a half a goal start, while Liverpool are being penalised (handicapped) half a goal. This means if you back Manchester City you will win if Manchester City wins or if it’s a draw.
How? Well if City actually won 1-0 in effect you would have won anyway. But if the game ended 1-1 say, then you would also win as City would have 1 goal plus the 0.5 goal in the handicap giving them 1.5 goals to Liverpool’s one goal.
In this example Wolves (-1) v Preston (+1) If you think it will be a close game, but are not sure if Preston will, by backing them on the Asian handicap you can get a return even if they don’t win the match. If they were to draw 2-2 then your bet would be a winner as they would have 2 goals +1 giving them 3 in total making them the winner. If they lost 1-0 then their handicapping goal of +1 would in effect give them a 1-1 draw and you would get your money back as you didn’t win …but didn’t lose either.
Below is a list of some of the handicaps and the possible outcomes:
– Handicap 0 is a win if your team wins. If it’s a draw you just get your money back.
– Handicap + 0.25 is a win if your team wins. If it’s a draw, your bet gets divided in half: a winner half and a void half, giving you your original bet back.
– Handicap + 0.5 is a win if your team wins or if it’s a draw.
– Handicap + 1 is a win if your team wins or draws. If it loses by 1 goal, you get your bet back.
– Handicap + 2 is a win if your team wins, ties or loses by a point. If it loses by 2 your bet is void and returned.
– Handicap – 0.25 is a win if your team wins by 1 point or more.
– Handicap – 0.5 is a win if your team wins.
Where most people find the concept difficult to understand is when there is “Split Balls”
The split ball is normally shown like this:
Celtic (0,-0.5), Dundee Utd (0,+0.5)
What this means is half your bet is on Celtic with the other half being on them starting half a goal behind.
If you were betting on Dundee Utd then half your bet would be on United, half your bet on United receiving 0.5 of a goal.
This gives punters a lot more flexibility with their bets. Say you fancied Celtic to beat Dundee United. Normally the only option you would have is to back them to win , so if they drew 2-2 you would lose, but with an Asian Handicap bet if you bet £10 on Celtic and they drew 2-2: Half of your bet £5.00 on Celtic at 0 is returned, while your other £5.00 on Celtic starting with minus half a goal is a losing bet.
So the outcome is you only lose half your stake
Asian Handicapping is a fun way to bet especially on football, and offers a lot more flexibility and variations to the punter. You should give it a go and try and understand it, as it definitely has its plusses plus once you get the hang of it you’ll sound very cool and knowledgeable to your mates when explaining about it.
J Beith writes sportsbook reviews and sports betting tips for sportsbetcentral.net