What is Asian Handicap?


Asian Handicap (AH) is a type of betting, more and more popular around the world among bettors. The creators of AH are bookmakers from Asian countries. The main aim of this kind of betting is to equalize the chances of winning for both teams thus equalize bets for a given game. One of the advantages of AH is elimination of a draw what increases chances of winning. AH has a lot of pros but to discover them one has to deeply understand what this is about. I’ll try to clearly explain how to bet a game using AH. 

Types and designations of AH :

Han­di­cap 0 : 0  draw no bet

If we bet this handicap there is no favourite team to win. It is very similar to traditional bet; the only difference is that if there is a draw our stake is returned. We lose only when we incorrectly bet the winner of the game.

Handicap 0:1, other designation +1 or -1

Betting the favourite in such game we have the following options:
  • In case of winning by 2 goals, our bet wins
  • In case of winning by 1 goal our stake is returned
  • If X2 wins or draws our bet loses
Betting the underdog we have the following options:
  • If the underdog wins or draws our bet wins
  • If X2 loses by 1 goal our stake is returned
  • If X2 loses by 2 or more goals our bet loses.

 

Han­di­cap 0 : 2

It is similar type of AH to the one described above. The only difference is that the favourite starts with 2 goals disadvantage and the underdog is given 2 goals advance.

Handicap 0: 1/2 or -0,5 and +0,5

This type of handicap means that the favourite starts the game with the loss of 1/2 goal. We bet handicap on 1X -0,5 and on X2 +0,5.
 
Betting on 1X:
  • If 1X draws or a loses our bet loses
  • If 1X wins our bet wins
Betting on X2:
  • In case of a draw or winning our bet wins
  • If X2 loses our bet also loses
 

Handicap 0: 1 1/2; 1 1/2: 0 or -1,5 and +1,5

In this kind of handicap our favourite starts the game with the disadvantage of 1,5 goal. 

Betting on 1X we have the following options:

  • in case of winning by two or more goals our bet wins
  • if 1X loses, draws or wins by 1 goal we lose our bet

Betting on X2 we have the following options:

  • if X2 wins, draws or loses by 1 goal our bet wins
  • if X2 loses by 2 goals our bet loses

 

 

Handicap 0: 1/4; 1/4: 0 or 0 ,+0,5 ; 0,-0,5

This type of AH belongs to the narrow group of double handicaps. Our bet is divided into two separate bets. In this case half of the stake goes as a 0: 0 handicap and the other half as 0: 1/2. 

Betting on 1X we have the following possible outcomes:

  • if 1X wins our whole bet wins,
  • in case of a draw half of the stake is returned, the other half is lost
  • if 1X loses our whole bet loses 

Betting on X2 we have the following options:

  • in case of winning the whole bet wins
  • if the games ends up with a draw half of the stake is returned and the other half wins (stake multiplied by the odds)
  • if X2 loses the whole bet loses

 

Handicap 0: 3/4; 3/4: 0 or -0,5, -1 ; +0,5, +1

This is the next double handicap. One half of the bet is considered as 0: ½ handicap and the other half as 0: 1 handicap. Depending on which team we will bet on the results are as follows.

Betting on 1X:

  • if 1X wins the game by at least 2 goals our whole bet wins
  • in case of winning by one goal we win half of the bet (stake multiplied by the odds) and the other half is returned
  • if 1X loses or draws our bet loses

Betting on X2:

  • half of the stake is considered as +1/2 handicap and the other half as +1 handicap
  • in case of draw or winning the whole bet wins
  • if X2 loses by one goal half of our bet loses and the other half is returned
  • if X2 loses by two or more goals our whole bet loses

 

Handicap 0: 1 1/4; 1 1/4: 0 or -1, -1,5; +1, +1,5

Another double handicap where half of the bet is considered as 0: 1 handicap and the other half as 0: 1 1/2 handicap.

Betting on 1X we can have the following scenarios:

  • if 1X wins the game by one goal half of the stake will be returned, and the other half is lost
  • if 1X wins the game by at least 2 goals our whole bet wins
  • if 1X drawa or loses the whole bet loses

Betting on X2:

  • half of the stake is considered as +1/2 handicap and the other half as +1 handicap
  • in case of draw or winning the whole bet wins
  • if X2 loses by one goal half of our bet loses and the other half is returned
  • if X2 loses by two or more goals our whole bet loses

 

Handicap 0: 1 3/4; 1 3/4: 0 or -1,5 , -2 ; +1,5, +2

Betting on 1X:
  • in case of winning by 2 goals the half of the bet is returned, the other half will be multiplied by the odds and it is your winning
  • in case of winning by 1 goal or a draw our whole bet loses
  • winning by 3 or more goals gives us a total winning of the bet
Betting on X2:
  • if X2 wins, draws or loses by 1 goal our bet wins
  • if X2 loses by 2 goals half of the stake is returned and the other half is lost
  • defeat by 3 or more goals means our bet loses
 

I described here all types of AH bets and I hope at least some of you will make a use of it. When it comes to the best bookmaker for AH bets I recommend Bet365 or Pinnacle. They have in their offer all types of AH bets plus the odds for the games are also good.