Asian Handicap

Asian Handicap is a form of soccer betting which is very popular in Asia (hence the name). “Handicap” means that one team receives a “virtual head start”, effectively leading the game by a differing amount or amounts before the game starts.

Simply put, Asian Handicaps are designed to eliminate the possibility of a draw in a Soccer match, reducing the match to two possible outcomes.

There are two types of handicap – half goal (0.5, 1.5 etc) and whole goal (0,1 etc). In the case of a half-goal handicap, naturally there is always a clear winner as it’s not possible to score half a goal. In the case of a whole goal handicap, if the result is level after the handicap is taken into consideration, then all bets are refunded.


In a standard Odds market there are three options available on this Soccer match:

Manchester United



When you bet on an Asian Handicap market, the draw is taken out of the equation, so you have two options from which to choose. In this example, Manchester United are strong favourites, so the handicap is one and a half goals:

Manchester United -1.5

Bournemouth 1.5

Asian Handicap

The above example is the simplest case of Asian Handicap betting on Bookmaker, i.e. a team is given a start of a half number of goals ( 0.5, 1.5, 2.5 etc). The team who scores the most with the handicap applied is deemed the winner. For example, if you back Manchester United to beat Bournemouth with a handicap of -1.5, then to win your bet Manchester United must win the match by 2 or more goals.
You lose the bet if Bournemouth win, it’s a draw or Manchester United win by only 1 goal.

As mentioned, some Asian Handicap markets give teams two virtual head starts (or handicaps in the case of the favourite!). Here, we have a combination of a half goal and a whole goal handicap ( 0 & 0.5, -0 & -0.5). These bets are sometimes referred to as “Quarter-Goal Handicaps”:

Manchester United 0 & 0.5

Chelsea -0 & -0.5

In this case, the stake is divided between a bet on the zero (level) handicap and a bet on the half-goal handicap.

If Chelsea wins by 1 goal or more, both bets win.

If the game is drawn, then the -0.5 handicap bet loses and the other half ( 0) is void/refunded.

If Chelsea loses, then both parts of the bet lose.


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