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Asian Handicaps create an intriguing betting option in matches that may otherwise seem an expected conclusion. For example, a Premier League title contender is playing a lowly relegation battler. The 1X2 odds suggest an easy win for the title contenders. The Asian Handicap market however attempts to create a contest by handicapping each club based on form and perceived ability. Sure, the relegation battlers will more than likely lose the match.
But will they lose the match by 2 goals or more? Another reason Asian Handicaps have become so popular is due to their ability to provide consistent returns.
For example, if you're a punter who has an eye for value in betting long odds underdogs, you may go weeks without finding a winner, even if you are identifying true value in those underdogs. Asian Handicap betting allows punters to find value in long odds underdogs while enjoying consistent returns.
Asian Handicaps, also provide in-play football traders the ability to build strong pre-match positions from which to trade from for both 1X2 markets as well as goal totals. It's this dynamic nature of Asian Handicap betting that has truly made it the popular betting market it is today.
So what exactly is an Asian Handicap? As briefly mentioned in the previous paragraph, an Asian Handicap attempts to create proposition by giving a goals handicap to each of the competing teams.
It is typically displayed like this: In this example, Manchester City have been given a goals handicap of If you were to bet on Manchester City in this market, they would have to win the game by over 1. In this example, for the purposes of Asian Handicap betting, Manchester City is being deducted 1. The score then reads, Manchester City 0. So far Asian Handicaps seem simple enough. But what creates confusion among some is the notion of quarter-handicaps.
A quarter handicap, also known as a 'split' handicap is when two handicaps are combined to create a single handicap. Let's look at an example: In this example, Chelsea are a So what does this mean? This is for a game between Tottenham Hotspur and Norwich City. You'll notice that there's quite a big difference between the odds for each possible selection.
That's because, in this case, Tottenham Hotspur are heavily favored to win. Please note that the difference isn't always this big. The odds are much closer in matches where the teams are more evenly matched. There's almost always a favorite of course, but sometimes the odds for a favorite are slightly lower than the odds for the other team. In some games the draw can actually be the favorite, but this is quite rare.
Now let's take a look at some of the other ways to bet on the full time result in a game of soccer. A double chance wager is probably the safest possible option for betting on the result of a soccer game. You basically get two chances to get it right, hence the name. You pick two of the three possible outcomes, and you win if the end result is either one of those. A wager on "Tottenham or Draw" would be successful if Tottenham wins or if it ends in a draw. A Norwich win would mean the wager loses.
A wager on "Tottenham or Norwich" would be successful if either team wins, or again if it's a draw. A wager on "Norwich or Draw" would be successful if the game is won by Norwich or if it ends in a draw. A Tottenham win would mean the wager loses. You'll probably have noticed how the odds are much lower here than for the win-draw-win market.
That's because it's much easier to win double chance wagers than win-draw-win wagers. You get to cover two of the possible outcomes rather than just one, so you obviously have a better chance of getting it right. The draw no bet wager is another relatively safe option. With this you have just two selections to choose from, as you have to pick one of the teams to win. You can't choose the draw, but you get your stake back if that's how the game ends up.
The bet is essentially cancelled if there's a draw, which explains the name "draw no bet. A wager on Tottenham would be successful if Tottenham managed to win the game. The initial stake would be returned if the game was a draw, and the wager would lose if Norwich won the game.
The odds are a bit better here than for the double chance, but still less than for the standard win-draw-win. Everything we've covered so far is relatively straightforward. Handicap betting is where things start to get a little more complicated. You should be able to understand this easily enough if you're used to betting on the major US sports though, as it's essentially the same as betting point spreads.
The driving force with handicap wagers is that the teams are awarded extra goals or deducted goals for the purposes of the betting. Most bookmakers allow you to choose how many goals are awarded or deducted, and offer different odds depending on your choice. This is another wager that makes more sense with an example, so here's how the handicap market might look for the Tottenham versus Norwich game. There are three distinct options to choose from here. Tottenham are the clear favorite, so the options on that team all involve deducting goals.
Norwich are the underdog, so the options on that team all involve awarding extra goals. This is standard practice, but some bookmakers do offer handicap markets where the favorites are awarded goals and the underdogs are deducted goals. Let's say you decided to go with Tottenham -1 on this game. Tottenham would have to win by at least two goals for your wager to win, as they're going to be deducted a goal.
So if they actually won , the result would technically be for the purposes of the betting. This is a draw, so you lose the wager. If Tottenham won , though, then the result is after the handicap is applied. So you'd win the wager. A bet on Tottenham -2 , would need Tottenham to win by three or more goals. A bet on Tottenham -3 , would need Tottenham to win by four or more goals. Please note that the more goals that are deducted, the less likely it is that a wager is going to win. This is why the odds get greater accordingly.
When wagering on the underdog for the handicap, the opposite rules apply. If the actual result was , then the result with the handicap applied would be This is a victory for Norwich, so the wager would be successful.
Obviously if they bettered those results i. Handicap betting is a good way to manage risk versus reward when betting on soccer games. You can choose selections that are more likely to be correct but come with lower odds, or you can choose that selections that are less likely to be correct but come with higher odds. There's another form of handicap betting for soccer too, called the Asian Handicap. This is somewhat more complex.
We won't go into depth here, as we cover this form of betting in detail on the following page. We also cover some specific strategies for the Asian Handicap too. A correct score wager is exactly what the name suggests it is. It's a wager on what the exact final score of a game will be. This is obviously a lot harder to get right than simply predicting which team is going to win, and this is reflected in the odds available for this type of wager.
This is simply to provide an illustration of the options and the odds available. A bookmaker or betting site would typically offer even more options than what we have listed. Correct score wagers are exhilarating, and the high odds means they have the potential to return some decent profits. However, you shouldn't spend too much time or money on them if you're serious about trying win money in the long run. There isn't really an appropriate strategy that can help with picking the correct score, and these wagers are simply too hard to get right with any degree of consistency.
These two types of wager are very similar to the standard win-draw-win market, but they each have a twist. With a half time result wager you're predicting solely what the result will be at half time.
A half time result wager has the exact same three options as a win-draw-win wager. Here's how the market might look for the Tottenham vs Norwich game. If you went with Tottenham here, you'd need Tottenham to be winning at half time for your wager to be successful. If you went with the draw, you'd need the game to be level at half time. If you went with Norwich, you'd need Norwich to be winning at half time. So a half time result wager really is almost identical to the standard win-draw-win on the full time result.
The only difference is that it's based on what the half time score line is. To best understand the different options available, first take a look at this example betting market for the Tottenham versus Norwich game. In the case of each option you can see here, the first selection is for the half time result and the second selection is for the full time result.
You need to get both selections right to win one of these wagers. To be successful, you'd need Tottenham to be winning at both half time and when the game is over. This is another wager that we don't recommend spending too much time or money on. Predicting the full time result is hard enough, without making it even more difficult by trying to also predict what will be happening at half time. If you're backing a team to win, and you think they're likely to make a fast start to the game, then betting on them to be winning at half time and full time can be the sensible option.
It's obviously a little riskier than just backing the full time result, but you will get better odds. It might be worth taking those better odds if you're confident enough that your chosen team will take a first half lead and hold on to it.
First and last goal scorer are straightforward soccer wagers, but not especially easy to consistently get right. These wagers tend to be favored by those who bet for fun. It is a form of spread betting. Handicaps typically range from one-quarter goal to several goals, in increments of half- or even quarter-goals. Most importantly, Asian handicap betting reduces the possible number of outcomes from three in traditional 1X2 wagering to two by eliminating the draw outcome.
Asian handicaps are both good and bad for bookmakers. On one hand, they help bookmakers minimize risk by facilitating trading with parity or balancing the amount of wagering on each side of the match.
This enables bookmakers to take larger positions on major matches. On the other hand, Asian handicap markets are typically low margin offerings that do not contribute as significantly to the gross win as higher vigorish betting options like 1X2. He was asked by an Indonesian bookmaker, Joe Phan, to provide a translation of the betting method that was termed 'hang cheng betting' by bookmakers in Asia.
Football soccer  is one of the few sports in the world where a draw is a fairly common outcome. With traditional fixed odds, draws are treated as an additional outcome to the game.
In other words, bettors lose when they place a wager on either team to win and the game draws. With Asian handicaps, however, the chance for a draw is eliminated by use of a handicap that forces a winner.
This creates a situation where each team has a chance of winning; similar to the odds for a basketball or football spread handicap typically offered by Las Vegas sportsbooks. Asian handicap is a form of betting that creates a more level betting environment between two mismatched competing teams by giving a "handicap" expressed in goals or points to the teams before kick-off.