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Introduction: How To Bet Asian Handicap

Added on 4th June 2023

Ever stumbled across the term 'Asian Handicap' in your betting journey and wondered what it's all about? Well, you're not alone. Many bettors completely avoid it due to not fully understanding it. Today, I'm going to explain this popular yet often misunderstood betting strategy and how it could boost your betting game.

What Is Asian Handicap Betting?

Let's start at the beginning. Asian Handicap betting originated from Indonesia - hence the 'Asian' moniker - and it has become one of the most exciting ways to bet on football. Essentially, it's a form of betting that creates a more level playing field between two mismatched teams by giving a 'handicap' to the team less likely to win.

Why Choose Asian Handicap Betting?

So, why should you consider Asian Handicap betting? Firstly, it's thrilling. It takes a standard match and spices things up by turning even the most predictable games into a nail-biter. Secondly, it often provides better odds and potential for a full or partial refund of your stake - sounds tempting, right? This leads to less risk when creating your football betting systems.

Understanding the Asian Handicap Market

Here's where things can get a bit tricky, so stick with me. Asian Handicap bets come in a few different types - quarter, half, and full handicaps. Each of these changes the way your bet will be processed. Let me break it down:

0.0 Asian Handicap:

This level handicap is where both teams are at an even stance. You win if your team wins the match. If it’s a draw, your stake is refunded.

0.25 Handicap:

When you bet on a -0.25 handicap, half of your stake is on the -0.5 handicap and the other half is on the 0 handicap. If the match results in a draw, you lose half your stake.

0.5 Handicap:

Betting on a -0.5 handicap means your team needs to win for you to win the bet. If the match ends in a draw, you lose the bet as there is no possible way to half win/half lose in this scenario.

0.75 Handicap:

When you place a bet on a -0.75 handicap, half your stake goes on -0.5, and the other half on -1. If your team wins by one goal, you win half your bet. If your team wins by two or more goals, you win the whole bet.

As you can see, the concept of Asian Handicap betting might seem a bit complex initially, but it offers an excellent way to find more value. The key to mastering Asian Handicap betting lies in understanding the different handicap values and how they work.

Remember, the more you understand the intricacies of the handicap, the better positioned you'll be to find valuable betting opportunities. Always do your research, follow the data, track your bets, and trust your analysis.

Understanding Alternative Asian Handicap Markets

As you see, Asian Handicaps aren't only limited to whole numbers or half-point increments, they also offer quarter-point spreads to provide more betting options. These are known as Alternative Asian Handicaps, and they can be a bit more complex.

In the alternative markets, the handicap is split between the nearest whole and half number. For example, if you bet on a team with a -1.25 handicap, your bet is effectively one bet on that team with a -1 handicap and another on that team with a -1.5 handicap.

Common Mistakes to Avoid

A common mistake I've seen bettors make is not fully understanding the different types of handicaps before placing a bet. Some might be expecting a refund, only for it to never come as they placed the wrong kind of handicap. Take your time to learn the system before jumping in. Also, don't let one successful bet make you overly confident. It's still gambling, and it's crucial to bet responsibly. I always encourage you to use Bet Tracking when you are testing out any new system to lower your risk and improve your confidence.


So there you have it - a beginner's guide to Asian Handicap betting. It's a fun and strategic way to shake up your betting routine and potentially secure better odds. As always, remember that betting is unpredictable, and it's crucial to gamble responsibly.