Asian Handicap Bets! Guide and explanation.

This article explains the ins and outs of Asian Handicap Betting -- a rapidly growing betting style that originated in Asia. With its many different options, it has become the preference of many bettors and bookies alike.

Asian Handicap betting is the most popular style of betting in Asian countries and a bit different to the regular handicap in betting. Recently, it has been taking Europe by storm, as it removes the draw option from that of the traditional “Win-Draw-Win” style and boils the bet down to choosing one side or the other. The underdog in the match enters the game with an advantage of some sort, and the bettor can choose them with that advantage or pick the favorite to cover the spread line. Whereas the “Win-Draw-Win” format only offers 3 types of bets for each match, Asian Handicap offers many more and can present very nice odds for bettors betting on a blowout or a big upset, while at the same time presenting bettors with the choice of downsizing the favorites’ spread, which ultimately leads to more payouts than other betting styles.

The favorites are indicated by a preceding minus sign (-). The underdogs are indicated by a preceding plus sign (+).

Asian Handicap betting has eliminated the outright draw bet. Instead, they offer handicaps of 0 or 0.25. For example, if you choose a side on the +0 asian handicap, if they win, you win the bet. But if they draw, your whole bet is returned to you rather than it being lost (some bookies may offer DNB–Draw No Bet–or Level Ball, which are both the same bet as a +0 asian handicap). On the +0.25 asian handicap, if the underdog wins, obviously the bet is won. But if the match draws, since they are the underdogs, half of the bet is won. On the other side of that coin, the -0.25 asian handicap offers bettors the chance to hedge their bets a bit, particularly in the event of a large wager. If the favorites fail to win the match and it ends in a draw, now the bettor only loses half of his/her bet.
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This rule also pertains to larger spreads such as -1, -1.25, +1, +1.25 and on and on. If the favorites are chosen on a -1 asian handicap and they win the match by 2 goals, you win the bet. However, if they only win by one goal, your bet is returned. For the underdogs, a +1 asian handicap means if they win or draw, they win the bet. However, if they lose by more than one goal, the bet is lost. But this is why asian handicap offers the +1.75 option (and -1.75). In this event, if the underdog loses by one goal, the bet is obviously won. But if they lose by two goals, now the bettor only loses half of his/her bet. On the other side of that coin, if the favorites were to win by 2 goals on a -1.75 asian handicap line, they would win half their bet. A 3-goal win or more, however, wins the whole bet.

Finally, Asian Handicap offers the bettor to still choose the traditional Win option in the form of -0.5. This means if the favorites win the game by any amount of goals, you win the bet. But if the match draws, your bet is lost. For the underdogs on the +0.5 asian handicap, a draw or win will earn the bet. However, Asian Handicap offers many more options such as the -1.5/+1.5, -2.5/+2.5, -3.5/+3.5, etcetera etcetera. In these bets, the favorite will need to win by 2 goals for a -1.5 asian handicap, 3 goals for a -2.5 asian handicap, and so on. However, the underdogs will need to keep the score within 1 goal for a +1.5 asian handicap, within 2 goals for a +2.5 asian handicap, and so on.

These numerous, varying options are why Asian Handicap betting is becoming so much more popular across Europe right now. A reliable and fair bookie that offers top odds for Asian Handicap can be found at

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