European Handicap Betting Guide – Details Explained and Results Table

European Handicap Betting Guide

In regular, standard match betting, punters will bet on Team A winning, drawing or losing. But this is sometimes not very profitable for punters because some teams are much stronger than other teams. For example, in International soccer betting you may see Germany vs San Marino or Italy vs the Faroe Islands or in cup competitions Manchester City vs Charlton. When these stronger and weaker teams are matched to play each other then you will always find that the odds are often so short e.g. 1/10, 1/20, 1/50 that punters get very little profit for a larger stake (or risk) and so they don’t want to gamble on those matches.

So to get punters to gamble on these matches bookmakers will try to make it more difficult and more interesting and more profitable for the punter by “leveling the match”. To do this, they will offer what is called a “handicap” bet (sometimes called the “Single Handicap” or “European Handicap” or “3-way handicap” in soccer betting or the “Spread” in other sports – especially in American sports).

This means, that before the game, the bookmakers give the “weaker” team a winning start to the weaker team and a “disadvantage” or “losing start” to the stronger team. To do this, they will, for example, apply a one goal (+1) or two goal (+2) or a three goal (+3) start or advantage to the weaker team. Or another way to look at it is they give the stronger team a losing start or a minus goal difference – (-1), (-2), (-3).

For example:

Barcelona vs Celtic – most people think that Barcelona will beat Celtic very easily so to make it more “fair” or “even” or to “balance” the result the handicap might give Celtic +3 goals, so before the game has started the result is:

Barcelona 0 – Celtic 3

And may look something like this…

Barcelona (-3) evens
Handicap Draw (-2) 3/1
Celtic (+1) 2/1

How do you win?

Who do you think will win? If you think Barcelona will win the match then Barcelona will have to score 4 or more goals and Celtic must not score for you to win your bet. So:

If the true result is 4-0 to Barcelona – Handicap bet result = 4-3 – Barcelona wins @ evens (1/1)
If the true result is 3-0 to Barcelona – Handicap bet result = 3-3 – The game is a draw @ 3/1
If the true result is 2-0 to Barcelona – Handicap be result = 2-3 – Celtic win @ 2/1

Sometimes the “draw” is not offered by the bookmaker so if the result is 3-0 to Barcelona and the “draw” is not offered then all bets would be refunded.

What about even matched or “close” teams?

When two teams are evenly matched or extremely close and it is more difficult to say who is “stronger” or “weaker” then the bookmakers will reduce the handicap.

For example:

Liverpool vs Manchester United

Liverpool (-1) 3/1
Draw 11/4
Manchester United (+1) 8/11

So if you bet on Liverpool to win then for you to win your bet the true result must be any of…
Liverpool 2-0, 3-0, 3-1, 4-0, 4-1, 4-2, 5-3, etc.

If you bet on the game to be a Draw then for you to win your bet the result must be any of…
Liverpool 1-0, 2-1, 3-2, 4-3, 5-4, etc.

If you bet on Manchester United then for you to win your bet the result must be any of…
Draw 0-0, 1-1, 2-2, 3-3, 4-4, or Manchester United win by any margin 1-0, 2-0, 2-1, 3-0, 3-1, etc.

Handicap Betting Results Table

We created a European handicap results table. Use this table when you want to check your bet result.

*Table terms meaning
Won+3 means a team you bet won by over 3 points difference
Won+2 means a team you bet won by 2 points difference
Won+1 means a team you bet won by 1 points difference
Lost-1 means a team you bet lost by 1 points difference
Lost-2 means a team you bet lost by 2 points difference
Lost-3 means a team you bet lost by over 3 points difference
W…100% Won your bet
L…100% Lost your bet

If you bet on “home or away team win” with handicap

Handicap
(Your bet)
Match Result (A team you bet)
Won+3 Won+2 Won+1 Draw Lost-1 Lost-2 Lost-3
+3 W W W W W W L
+2 W W W W W L L
+1 W W W W L L L
-1 W W L L L L L
-2 W L L L L L L
-3 L L L L L L L

For example: If you bet on a -1 handicap odds and a team which you bet won by 2 point differences, then you win and get money(look the cell -1, Won+2). But if your team won by 1 point differences, then you will lose your stake(look the cell -1, Won+1). In short, The -1 handicap needs a winning which over 2 points differences.

If you bet on “Draw(Tie)” with handicap

This table shows you results when you bet on a draw handicap odds.

Handicap
(Your bet)
Match Result(For teamX)
Won+3 Won+2 Won+1 Draw Lost-1 Lost-2 Lost-3
Tie TeamX +3 L L L L L L W
Tie TeamX +2 L L L L L W L
Tie TeamX +1 L L L L W L L
Tie TeamX -1 L L W L L L L
Tie TeamX -2 L W L L L L L
Tie TeamX -3 W L L L L L L

Draw handicap is simple and easy to understand. You can see information that which team has a plus or minus handicap on the odds. For example:

Liverpool -1
Draw (Liverpool-1 and Arsenal +1)
Arsenal +1

If you bet on the draw handicap, your bet will win when only Arsenal loses the match by 1 point differences.(0-1, 1-2, 3-4…)

Look at another example:

Barcelona -2
Draw (Juventus +2)
Juventus +2

If you bet on the draw (Juventus +2), and this match finished Barcelona win with 2 points differences, then you can get money.

In conclusion

European Handicap betting rules are complicated for beginners.To bet correctly, use this guide when you confused.

By betting in this way the odds are much better for the punter and more exciting for the neutral betting spectator.

If you want to remove the “Draw” result completely then you need to bet on the “Asian Handicap”. The “Asian” handicap has the advantage of both removing the “Draw” and allowing you two “split” bets too! See the “Asian Handicap” section for more detailed information.

Asian Handicap Betting Guide – Detail Explained

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