Asian handicap explained

Asian handicap is a way of betting that originates in Asia and mostly used in football. Handicap means that one team has a virtual lead over the other side. Asian handicaps eliminate the chance of a draw in a match, so the possible outcomes are two.

A minus symbol (-) is given to the favourite team, which has a handicap disadvantage. A plus symbol (+) assigned to the underdog team, which has a handicap advantage.

You have many handicap betting options, which are called “lines”. The following table shows the most used Asian handicap lines in soccer and their outcomes depending on the team result:

Alternative Asian handicap markets

If you already understood the main Asian handicaps described above, it will be easy for you to understand all other alternative handicaps. The concept is the same, with advantages given to the home or away side, but with bigger handicaps.

For example, -1.75, -2, -2.25, -2.5, -2.75 etc. Each bookmaker lists the Asian handicaps different; for example, Bet365 offers the standard AH option, depending on the odds. All other AH options listed in a different section as ‘Alternative Asian handicaps’.

Some famous Asian bookmakers have their unique style, and they display alternative options somewhat different.

Asian handicap betting conclusion

Many times we choose to add Asian handicap bets to our slips. We usually find better odds on the classic lines, which are the same as the direct 1×2 outcomes.

We also use it when we foresee some teams with a great form to win more comfortable than expected to get a better return with a little bit more risk.

I would suggest Asian handicap betting to a new player, but he should first understand the lines and the outcomes.

The rules may look complicated with the first point of view, but in the end, you will find it easy, as most of the bettors do. Τake some time to learn the handicaps correctly.

Many players are using Asian handicap bets, especially in football betting. Always remember that there is no draw result in Asian handicap betting.

Good luck with your bets!