Asian Handicap Betting Guide – Detail Explained and Results Table

Asian Handicap Betting Guide

The “Asian” handicap works in exactly the same way as standard or European “handicap” betting but uses both half points (half a goal!) and full points and removes the “draw”. By introducing the “decimal” it is easier for the bookmaker to make closer matched teams more “even” and also can allow for bets to be “split”.

By using the decimals in the “Asian” handicap might the bookmaker might give Celtic a +2.5 goal advantage before the game instead of or and a +3 goal advantage. This introduction of the “decimal” or “fraction” means the bookmakers can offer even more precise and attractive odds on a match. It also means that a “draw” is impossible (because teams can’t really score “half” goals!) so there would be no odds offered for the draw.

Barcelona (-2.5) evens
Celtic (+0.5) 2/1

Celtic have a +2.5 goal start so before the game the score is… Barcelona 0 – Celtic 2.5

If the true result is 4-0 to Barcelona – Handicap bet result = 4-2.5 – Barcelona wins @evens
If the true result is 3-0 to Barcelona – Handicap bet result = 3-2.5 – Barcelona wins @evens
If the true result is 2-0 to Barcelona – Handicap bet result = 2-2.5 – Celtic win @ 2/1

What is a “Level” Handicap?

A “level handicap” or a “Scratch” is where neither team is given a goal or goals before the match because they are considered to be too close or evenly matched for either team to be given an advantage or disadvantage. This will be shown as either (+0) (-0) or sometimes (SCR) which means “Scratch”.

In this situation, if you chose Team A to win and they do win then you win the bet. If Team A lost then you would lose the bet. If the final result is a draw then you would receive your stake back because the teams finished “level”.

What is a “Split” Handicap?

Another reason why Asian handicap betting is also popular is because it means that the handicaps can be “split”. This means that the bookmakers can offer full number handicaps and half number handicaps at the same time and the punters can “split” or separate their bets into two bets. When a split handicap bet is placed – half (50%) of your stake is automatically placed on the whole number (-3) and half of your stake is placed on the half number (-3.5).

For example:

Barcelona (-3.0, 3.5) vs Celtic (+0.5, +1.0)

If the true result is 4-0 to Barcelona – Handicap bet result = 4-3.5 and 4-3 – Barcelona bets to win – 2 bets win
If the true result is 3-0 to Barcelona – Handicap bet result = 3-3 and 3-3.5 – Barcelona bets to win – 1 bet Lose and 1 bet draw so half your take is returned.
If the true result is 2-0 to Barcelona – Handicap bet result = 2-3 and 2-3.5 – Barcelona bets to win – 2 bets Lose

Because teams are often more evenly matched than for example Italy vs San Marino the handicap is now split further into lower numbers. For example you may see +/- 0.25, +/- 0.5, +/- 0.75, +/- 1.0, +/- 1.25, +/- 1.5, +/- 1.75 etc.

Number of goals

Another soccer match betting market where Asian Handicaps are used by the bookmakers is predicting how many goals will be scored in the match. These will sometimes look like this…

Liverpool vs Manchester United
Total goals – over / under 0.5 Over 0.5 1/18 Under 0.5 10/1
Total goals – over / under 1.5 Over 1.5 1/4 Under 1.5 11/4
Total goals – over / under 2.5 Over 2.5 8/11 Under 2.5 Evens
Total goals – over / under 3.5 Over 3.5 15/8 Under 3.5 2/5
Total goals – over / under 4.5 Over 4.5 9/2 Under 4.5 2/13

If you believe the score will be 0-0 then you would bet on “Under 0.5”.
If you believe 4 goals or more will be scored so the result will be any of 2-2, 3-1, 1-3, 4-1, 3-2, 4-2 etc. then you would bet on “over 4.5”.

This market is also often offered for the first half only and at half time will be offered for the second half too however the odds may be different and usually only cover three choices:

Under / Over 0.5, 1.5 and 2.5 or more goals.

Asian Handicap Results Table

We created the asian handicap results table. Use our table when you can’t understand the Asian handicap rules clearly or you want to check your bet result.

*Table terms meaning
Won+3 means your bet team won by over 3 points difference
Won+2 means your bet team won by 2 points difference
Won+1 means your bet team won by 1 points difference
Lost-1 means your bet team lost by 1 points difference
Lost-2 means your bet team lost by 2 points difference
Lost-3 means your bet team lost by over 3 points difference
W…100% Won your bet
L…100% Lost your bet
50W…Half(50%) Won your bet
50L…Half(50%) Lost your bet
50R…Half(50%) Refund
Refund…100% Refund

Some bookmaker show the asian handicap like below.

+1.75 , -2.25 …

This means to display two handicaps combined. In other words , +1.75 is same meaning as +1.5 & +2. -2.25 is same as -2 & -2.5. So, your stake is splitted automatically to the same amount when you bet on this type. (See the explanation of “split handicap” above)

Handicap
(Your bet)
Match Result (Your bet Team result)
Won+3 Won+2 Won+1 Draw Lost-1 Lost-2 Lost-3
+2.75 W W W W W W 50R / 50L
+2.5 W W W W W W L
+2.25 W W W W W 50W / 50R L
+2 W W W W W Refund L
+1.75 W W W W W 50R / 50L L
+1.5 W W W W W L L
+1.25 W W W W 50W / 50R L L
+1 W W W W Refund L L
+0.75 W W W W 50R / 50L L L
+0.5 W W W W L L L
+0.25 W W W 50W / 50R L L L
0 W W W Refund L L L
-0.25 W W W 50R / 50L L L L
-0.5 W W W L L L L
-0.75 W W 50W / 50R L L L L
-1 W W Refund L L L L
-1.25 W W 50R /50L L L L L
-1.5 W W L L L L L
-1.75 W 50W / 50R L L L L L
-2 W Refund L L L L L
-2.25 W 50R / 50L L L L L L
-2.5 W L L L L L L
-2.75 50W / 50R L L L L L L

There are many bookmakers which offered the Asian handicap odds on online, especially Asian bookies. But we highly recommended that using Pinnacle to bet AH if you don’t have their account yet. Because, Pinnacle offers the best value odds on online for AH betting.

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