Asian Handicap Betting

Asian Handicaps effectively provide a framework in which a team is handicapped. This is based on their form and the opponent they are facing. Typically, a stronger team must win by more than one goal, sometimes by more than two or even three, for a punter betting on them to win. Once a handicap is set, the market becomes active and the prices can move if a large majority of punters perceive the handicap to be “wrong”. Crucially, Asian Handicaps eliminate draws.

The most common handicaps are the half-point and full-point handicaps. If you back Team A at -1.5 goals then any result in which Team A wins by two goals will result in a winning bet. Any win by LESS than a two-goal margin, ANY draw and ANY defeat, result in a loss.

In full-point handicaps, the possibility of a void bet comes into play. So if you back Team A at -1 goal and they win 1-0 (or 2-1, 3-2, 4-3 etc), the bet becomes void and you get your stake back. Any result featuring a two-goal winning margin is a WIN. Any draw or defeat, meanwhile, is a LOSS. 

WHAT ARE QUARTER-POINT HANDICAPS?

This is where it gets a little bit complicated. On Betconnect, there will always be three Asian Handicaps available for every match. Sometimes, typically in a match from a major league with no clear favourite, there might be a “quarter-point” market. In this situation, half the bet is staked at the value a quarter-point BELOW the advertised price. The remaining half of the bet staked at the value a quarter-point ABOVE. This is where you definitely need to look at the table below unless you are a naturally better than an average mathematician.

Important footnote: On some betting sites, rather than listing the quarter-point market as 1.25 or 1.75 they will give both prices above and below on the same selection. In other words, an Asian Handicap bet at 1.25 will be represented as 1.00 & 1.50.

That’s it! You have finally unlocked the mystery of Asian Handicap betting!

HandicapTeam ResultBet Result
2WinWin
DrawWin
Lose by 1Win
Lose by 2Stake Refund
Lose by 3+Lose
1.75WinWin
DrawWin
Lose by 1Win
Lose by 2Half lose
Lose by 3+Lose
1.5WinWin
DrawWin
Lose by 1Win
Lose by 2+Lose
1.25WinWin
DrawWin
Lose by 1Half win
Lose by 2+Lose
1WinWin
DrawWin
Lose by 1Stake Refund
Lose by 2+Lose
0.75WinWin
DrawWin
Lose by 1Half Lose
Lose by 2+Lose
0.5WinWin
DrawWin
LoseLose
0.25WinWin
DrawHalf win
LoseLose
0WinWin
DrawStake Refund
LoseLose
-0.5WinWin
DrawLose
LoseLose
-0.75Win by 2+Win
Win by 1Half win
DrawLose
LoseLose
-1Win by 2+Win
Win by 1Stake Refund
DrawLose
LoseLose
-1.25Win by 2+Win
Win by 1Half lose
DrawLose
LoseLose
-1.5Win by 2+Win
Win by 1Lose
DrawLose
LoseLose
-1.75Win by 3+Win
Win by 2Half win
Win by 1Lose
DrawLose
LoseLose
-2Win by 3+Win
Win by 2Stake Refund
Win by 1Lose
DrawLose
LoseLose

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