“Asian Handicap is a popular way to bet on the outcome of football games where the options to choose from are reduced from 3 to 2.”

My Own Way of Betting Football Games

There are many different ways of placing online bets on football but I prefer Asian Handicap. Let me tell you why.

Football (soccer) is one of the only sports in the world where a tie is a fairly common outcome. With traditional fixed odds, ties are treated as an additional result to the game.

This means that you will lose when you place a bet on either team to win and the game ties. However, with Asian Handicap the chance for a tie is eliminated by use of a handicap that forces a winner.

This makes it possible for each team to have a 50-50 chance of winning; very much like the odds for a basketball or football spread handicap.

Asian handicap is a betting system that creates a more level betting situation between two mismatched competing teams by giving a "handicap" (in goals or points) to the teams before kick-off.

The team more likely to win gets a goal deficit is and a head start is given to the team less favored to win (the underdog).

Remember that, Asian Handicap betting is a form of placing bets on football in which teams are handicapped in relation to their form, so that a stronger team must win by more goals for a bettor wagering on them to win.

This betting system is designed to eliminate the possibility of a draw in a Football game, reducing the game to two possible outcomes.

  • Asian Handicap originated in Indonesia and has gained strong popularity in the early 21st century. Handicaps normally range from one-quarter goal to several goals, in increments of half- or even quarter-goals.
  • The term "Asian Handicap" was first coined by journalist Joe Saumarez Smith in November 1998 when asked by an Indonesia bookmaker, Joe Phan, to come up with a translation of the betting system that was termed 'hang cheng betting' by bookmakers in Asia.

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There are many reasons why I consider Asian Handicap to be the best and most paying way to bet on football games:

  • Undoubtedly, it is easier to pick between two than three possible options.
  • There’s a better payout. In fixed odds (1X2) wagering the standard odds payout is up to 92-93%, in Asian Handicap it is 97-98%. For me, this is truly important as it gives me the chance to find value easier and obtain much better returns in the long run.
  • Asian Handicap translates to flexible and balanced wagering. On the fixed odds market bettors are often tied to wager either on big favorites with low odds or try long shots on underdogs. In Asian Handicap I can choose to bet any team in any game at both excellent odds and roughly 50% chance to have my wager winning.

How does Asian Handicap work?

Handicap is actually the same as “spread" in the American sports. This betting system is a made-up head start that’s given to one of the teams (which is by default the underdog) and leading the game by 0.25 goal, 0.5 goal, 0.75 goal , 1 goal, 1.5 goal, etc.

Bettors must either back the favorite to beat this handicap or the underdog to hold it.

The default handicap could be also 0 goals (level ball) when both teams are predicted to be as more or less equal. The Asian Handicap wager is settled by adding the handicap to the actual result of the game.

Let’s take a look at an Asian Handicap example:
If team A has received 0.5 goal advantage versus team B (team A +0.5) and the game ends with a draw, the bet on team A wins by half a goal. Bets on team B are winning if team B just wins no matter with what result. It’s really that simple!

When you see a -1.5 handicap the favorite must win the game at least by 2 goals margin, otherwise the underdog (+1.5) is winning by half or more goals. For 0, 1 and 2 goals handicap the wager result could be a virtual draw and in this case all stakes will be refunded to your account.

Here’s another example:
Is team A is set one goal down to team B and they win exactly by 1 goal, the Asian Handicap result is draw and all wagers are settled as void.

This betting system lines cover exactly the same thing as other betting systems – it’s not really important to mention what -0.5 means, the 0 goals handicap is equal to "Draw No Bet", +0.5 is same as backing the underdog at "Double Chance", -1.5 is same as Euro Handicap (0:1).

However, you want to keep in mind that in Asian Handicap betting odds are usually higher, which is one the main advantages of this betting system.

You want to keep in mind that live (in-play) betting Asian Handicap bets usually apply only to the remaining time of the game and NOT to the whole 90 minutes. Anyway be sure to check YouWager.eu’s rules first.

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There are different types of Asian Handicap bets:

Half goal (0.5, 1.5 etc): in this case there is always a clear winner as it’s not possible to score half a goal.

Whole goal (0,1 etc): in this case if the result is level after the handicap is taken into account, then all bets are refunded.


In a standard Odds market there are three options available on this Soccer match:

  • Team A
  • Team B
  • Draw

When you place a wager on an Asian Handicap market, the draw is taken out of the equation, so you actually have two options from which to choose. In the previous example, team A is a strong favorite to win, so the handicap is one and a half goals:

  • Team A -1.5
  • Team B +1.5

Here a team is given a start of a half number of goals (+0.5, +1.5, +2.5 etc). The team that manages to score the most with the handicap applied is considered the winner. For example, if you back team A to beat team B with a handicap of -1.5, then to win your wager team A must win the match by 2 or more goals. You lose the wager if team B wins, it’s a draw or team A wins by only 1 goal.

One of the challenges when trying to fully understand Asian Handicap comes with the so-called "split" handicaps.

When you see a line like -0.25 or +1.75 you might feel a little confused. At times you might see 0.75 as "3/4" or "0.5, 1" ; 1.25 as "1 1/4" or "1, 1.5" etc.

Take into account that 0.25 is average value between 0 and 0.5, 0.75 is average between 0.5 and 1, 1.25 is average between 1 and 1.5.

The important thing to remember is that in this option your bet is virtually split in two separate handicap bets. For instance, if you bet 10 EUR on -0.75 (-0.5, -1) goal handicap in reality you bet 5 EUR on -0.5 and 5 EUR on -1 goal handicap

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If your team wins by 2-1, half of your wager (5 EUR) is winning with the given odds (that going for the -0.5 handicap) and the other half of your stake will be refunded.

When using the Asian Handicap betting system you will run into Asian goal lines. These are actually the lines that are related to betting on the total number of goals scored in a game and are very much like the classic under / over bets.

However, here you can find more different lines as 1.75 goals, 2.25 goals etc. which work with the same idea as the split handicaps. You also want to keep in mind that in live betting, unlike with Asian Handicap, goal lines apply to the whole 90 minutes.

Many football matches are handicapped in ½ and ¼ intervals and both eliminate the possibility of a draw since obviously there’s no way a team one can score a half-goal. Quarter (¼) handicaps split the wager between the two closest ½ intervals.

Let’s take a look at a closer example:
A $1000 wager with an Asian Handicap of 1¾ is the same as betting $500 at 1½ and $500 at 2. With ¼ Asian Handicap wagers bets, you can win and tie (win ½ of wager) or lose and tie (lose ½ wager).

Your stake is automatically divided equally and placed as 2 separate wagers. In other words, with a handicap point of 0-0.5 or 0 and ½, half of your stake is on the 0 point handicap and the other half is on the 0.5 handicap.

Match: Team A vs. Team B

Handicap: Team B +1.0, +1.5

This Asian Handicap states that half of your wager goes on Team B to win, draw, or lose by less than 1 goal; and half on Team B to win, draw, or lose by less than 1.5 goals.

If the final score is Team A 1-0 Team B, half your wager will be refunded due to draw (Team A 1 - +1 Team B, in other words: Team B lost by exactly one goal). The second half would win (Team A 1 - +1.5 Team B, in other words: Team A lost by less than 1.5 goals).

What about whole handicaps and draws?

In the case that a whole number is used for the Asian Handicap, the handicap adjusted final score could result in a draw. This case is not a draw, but a push. With a push, all bettors have their original bets returned as there is obviously no winner.

For me, Asian Handicap is a system that truly works in a straightforward manner. YouWager.eu creates a handicap that will make the chance of either team winning (considering the handicap) as close to 50% as possible, and that sounds pretty good to me, how does it sound to you?

What makes this betting system most interesting is the use of quarter goals to get the "line" as close as possible and that is a huge advantage. When you take into account the posted total for the game, the handicap will predict the game's final score. What better than that edge?

Asian Handicaps are not offered by every book out there. However, YouWager.eu always likes to cater to the needs of every single type of bettor out there. Try your football luck today and watch your bankroll grow like never before!

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