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Asian Handicap Betting: How It Works and Why It’s Popular

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Originating in Asia (as the name suggests), Asian Handicap Betting is a type of sports betting that has since gained popularity around the world. This way of betting on sporting events allows for greater flexibility and control over the outcome of the bet.

What Is Asian Handicap Betting?

In short, this is where a positive or negative handicap is applied to a team in order to level the betting playing field. The handicap is typically expressed as a goal or half-goal advantage or disadvantage to the team or player.

For example, if Manchester United played Arsenal, and Manchester United are the stronger team, you could place a bet on them with a handicap of -1.5 goals, and they would need to win by at least two goals for the bet to be successful. 

How Does Asian Handicap Betting Work?

Once you know the event you want to bet on, select the handicap you want to apply and then place your bet.

If your chosen team wins by more than the handicap, you win the bet. If they win by exactly the handicap, the bet is a push and your stake is refunded. If they win by less than the handicap, lose or draw the match, the bet is lost.

Types of Asian Handicap Betting:

Level Asian Handicap Betting

Considered the simplest form of Asian Handicap Betting where there is no handicap advantage given to either team (as they are considered equal) and the draw is not an option. 

For example, if Liverpool play Chelsea, if you place a Level Asian Handicap Bet on Liverpool to win and they win the match, you win the bet. However, if Chelsea win or the match ends in a draw, you lose the bet.

Single Asian Handicap Betting

Typically the most common form of Asian Handicap Betting and has, a handicap advantage is applied to one of the teams, and the draw is still a possibility.

For example, if you place a Single Asian Handicap Bet on Tottenham when they play Brighton with a handicap of -1 goal, they must win the match by more than 1 goal for the bet to be a winner. If they win by 1 goal your stake will be refunded whilst all other results will result in a loss.

Split Asian Handicap Betting (Quarter Goal)

Also known as Quarter Goal Handicap Betting, is a more complex form of Asian Handicap Betting, where the handicap is split between two values, for example, +0.5 and +1, or -1.5 and -2.

As an example, if you place a Split Asian Handicap Bet backing West Ham with a handicap of +0.75 against Crystal Palace, you are effectively placing two bets: one on West Ham with a handicap of +0.5 (to win or draw) and one on them with a handicap of +1 (to win or draw, but see your stake refunded if they lose by one goal). If West Ham wins the match or the match ends in a draw, both bets win. The bet loses if West Ham loses by more than 1 goal, both bets lose. A West Ham loss by exactly 1 goal would see half of the stake refunded, and half of the stake as a winning bet.

Advantages of Asian Handicap Betting

There are several advantages to this form of betting:

Fairer Betting

By applying a handicap creates a more level playing field and makes the betting fairer, which is particularly useful in situations where there is a clear favourite.

Greater Control

As you can bet on specific margins of victory or defeat, it potentially makes it easier to win bets.


Asian Handicap Betting is a popular choice among sports bettors because of its flexibility, control, and fairness.  This unique and exciting form of betting is definitely worth considering if you have not tried it before.

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