Asian handicap betting guide

Asian handicap is a form of betting where the tie result is removed. You have two betting options, betting on home or away.

A lot of Asian handicap options exist, let's explain them one by one.

The following Asian handicap table shows the most used handicap lines:

Asian handicap table

Actually, AH markets give the underdog a benefit prior to match kick-off.

For the rest of the betting guide, I will use "AH" as a short form.

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Let me make you understand the explanations of the rules below.

Asian handicap 0.0

With this option, the game starts with a score of 0-0. No advantage set for any team. Draw option removed and the rules are simple. Let's examine AH in football matches.

Example: Chelsea vs Liverpool AH - 0.0

Asian handicap odds: Home - 1.90, Away - 1.95

You bet $100 on Chelsea to win 0.0 AH at 1.90 Asian bet market. To win your coupon, you need Chelsea to win the game.

  • If Chelsea wins, you win $100 × 1.90 = $190. Your profit is $190 - 100 = $90.
  • If a possible draw occurs, you get stake refund. $100 back. No wager, no bet result.
  • If Chelsea loses the game, you lose your bet too.

It is the same with Liverpool 0.0 AH. You need Liverpool to win the game.

  • If a draw occurs, you get your money back. No Wager, no bet result.
  • If Liverpool loses, you lose your bet too.

You may see some companies offer something like DNB, Draw no bet, or Level ball. It is the same with 0.0 AH and in most cases used in football bets and sports bets.

Asian handicap 0.25

With this option, the game starts with a score of 0 - 0.25 (1/4 goal handicaps). The underdog team has the advantage of a quarter goal prior to kick off.

It is further complicated from half AH. You win, win the half, lose or lose the half stake of your bet. Let's examine it by the example below.

Example: Monaco vs Lyon AH - 0:1/4

Home Odds - 2.00, Away Odds - 1.90

You bet $100 on Monaco to win -1/4 AH. To win your coupon, you need Monaco to win the game.

  • If Monaco wins, you win $100 × 2.00 = $200. It means you make $200 - $100 = $100 profit.
  • If a draw occurs, you lose half your stakes ($50) and the other half ($50) is back.
  • If Lyon wins the game, you lose your all stake.

You bet $100 on Lyon to win +1/4 AH. To win your coupon, you need Lyon to win the game.

  • If Lyon wins the game, you win $100 × 1.90 = $190. It means you make $190 - $100 = $90 profit.
  • If a draw occurs, you get half of your stake ($50) back and win the other half ($50) at 1.90. It means, you win $50 (back) + $95 ($50 × 1.90) = $145. Your profit is $145 - $100 = $45.

Asian handicap 0.5

In this case, the game starts with the score of 0 - 0.5 (1/2 goal handicap). The underdog team has the advantage of a half goal prior to kick off. Therefore, in any case, you wouldn't get any money back. You will win or lose your money.

Example: Porto vs Benfica AH - 0:1/2

Home Odds - 1.85, Away Odds - 2.00

You bet $100 on Porto to win -1/2 AH. We use a minus (-) if the team has the advantage by AH. To win your coupon, you need Porto to win. In any other cases, you lose your money.

  • If Porto wins, you win $100 × 1.85 = $185. It means you make $185 - $100 = $85 profit.
  • If Benfica wins or the game ends to tie, you lose your money.

* You bet $100 on Benfica to win +1/2 AH. We use a plus (+) if the team has the advantage by AH. To win your coupon, you need Benfica to win or tie at the end of the game.

  • If one of these occurs, you win $100 × 2.00 = $200. It means you make $200 - $100 = $100 profit.
  • If Porto wins the game, you lose your money.

Porto wins and Porto -1/2 AH is the same things in AH betting.

Asian handicap 0.75

On these terms, the game starts with the score of 0 - 0.75 (3/4 goal handicap). The underdog team has the advantage of a quarter goal prior to kick off. It is different from 1/4 AH with a slight exception.

Example: Betis vs Real Madrid AH - 3/4:0

Home Odds - 1.90, Away Odds - 1.90

You bet $100 on Betis to win +3/4 AH. (The home team is the underdog. As a result of it, Betis has the benefit of the AH). To win your coupon, you need Betis to win or tie the game.

  • If Betis wins or ties the game, you win $100 × 1.90 = $190. Your profit is $190 - $100 = $90.
  • If Real Madrid wins by 1 goal (0-1, 1-2, 2-3), you lose your half your stakes ($50) and the other half ($50) returns.
  • If Real Madrid wins the game by 2 or more goals (0-2, 1-3, 0-3), you lose your all stake.

You bet $100 on Real Madrid to win -3/4 AH. To win your coupon, you need Real Madrid to win by 2 or more goals (0-2, 0-3, 1-3).

  • If Real Madrid wins the game by 2 or more goals, you win $100 × 1.90 = $190. Your profit is $190 - $100 = $90.
  • If Real Madrid wins by 1 goal (0-1, 1-2, 2-3), you win half of your stake ($50) and win the other half ($50 × 1.90). You win $50 (back) + 95 ($50 × 1.90) = $145. Your profit is $145 - $100 = $45.
  • If the game ends tied or Betis wins, you lose your all stake.

Asian handicap -1

In this case, the game starts with the score of 0-1. The underdog team has the benefit of one goal.

Example: Juventus vs Bologna AH - 0:1

Home Odds - 1.80, Away Odds - 2.05

You bet $100 on Juventus to win -1 AH. To win your coupon, you need Juventus to win by 2 or more goals (2-0, 3-0, 3-1).

  • If Juventus wins by 2 or more goals, you win $100 × 1.80 = $180. You profit is $180 - $100 = $80.
  • If Juventus wins by 1 goal (1-0, 2-1, 3-2..), you get your money back. No wager. Stake refund.
  • If the game ties or Bologna wins, you lose all your stake.

You bet $100 on Bologna to win +1 AH. To win your coupon, you need Bologna to win or a draw.

  • If the game ends draw or Bologna wins, you win $100 × 2.05 = $205. Your profit is $205-$100 = $105.
  • If Bologna loses by 1 (1-0, 2-1, 3-2), You get your money back. No Wager.
  • Any Juventus win by 2 or more, make you lose your bet.

Asian handicap -1.5

Here the game starts with the 0:1.5 line (1 1/2, a goal and a half handicap). The underdog team has the advantage of a goal and a half prior to the kick-off.

It's the same with 0.5 handicaps in a way that either you will win or lose money.

Example: Barcelona vs Espanyol AH - 0: 1 1/2

Home Odds - 1.90, Away Odds 2.00

You bet $100 on Barcelona to win -1.5 AH. To win your bet, you need Barcelona to win with two or more goals difference. In any other case, you will lose your money.

A minus (-) is used for the favorites who need to cover the handicap, and a plus (+) when you're betting on the underdog who has handicap advantage and just needs to protect the handicap.

  • If Barcelona wins with two goals or more, you get $100 x 1.90 = $190. It means you made a profit of $190-$100 = 90$.
  • If Barcelona wins with a goal difference, the match ends as draw or Espanyol wins, you lose your money.

Let's suppose you bet 100$ on Espanyol to win +1.5 AH.

  • If Espanyol does not lose, or lose with just a goal difference (1-0, 2-1, 3-2 etc). You win $100 x 2.00 = $200. $100 profit.
  • If Barcelona wins with two or more goals difference, you lose your money.

Barcelona -1.5 AH is exactly the same as Barcelona -1 European handicap.

Alternative Asian handicap markets

This isn't something special that will make you wonder. It is how the bookmakers list the options to their software.

For example, Bet365 offers the standard AH option, depending on the odds. They list all other AH options under a different section. They call this section 'Alternative AH'.

Example: Huddersfield vs Wigan. The main AH option is -0.5 @1.85 for Huddersfield, +0.5 @2.05 for Wigan.

They list this in their AH section as the main AH offer.

You will find all other AH options under 'Alternative AH' section (-0.75, -1, -1.25, -1.5 etc.).

Note that some famous Asian bookies have their own unique style and they display alternative options somewhat different.

Our Asian handicap tips

1.93
1 (-1.5 AH)

Conclusion

I prefer AH betting in football, instead of standard betting.

The rules may look difficult with the first point of view. But in the end, you will find it so easy.

Get started with Asian handicap betting, you will have more winning bets. I hope you understood what does Asian handicap mean.

Good luck!