Asian markets are one of the most influential and one of the vastest in the world of sports betting. That markets have through the years developed one of the most popular betting options in general – asian handicap and asian totals. Understanding how these options work will benefit every betting venture.
This option has developed through the desire to remove the draw option from football matches. A draw is relatively common in football, but most punters prefer to bet on home or away team to win. That led to introduction of asian handicap. With asian hadicap a team is deducted (if it’s the favorite), or added (underdog) a certain amount of goals to level the match.
In example if Barcelona is a clear favorite against Eibar (odds @ 1,10 for Barca to win), a bookmaker can offer a handicap on Barcelona @ -2,5, with level odds (1=1,95 , 2=1,95). Of course those odds don’t have to be strictly leveled, but they should be more or less leveled (similar to handicap on other sports, like basketball which is explained OddsBoss courses).
So in this case Barcelona has to win the match with 3 or more goals difference for option 1 (home team win) to be won. In any other case (Barcelona win with less than 3 goal difference, a draw, or Eibar win), the option 2 (away team win) will be won.
So, there are two key points of asian handicap (or total) betting:
In asian handicap (and totals as well) the draw option is completely taken out as a betting option
The set margins are based around level odds. But other margins can be (and in most cases are) offered
In practice, asian handicap offers a nice value to punters, especially if a higher handicap is offered (-2,5, -3,5…). Punters can bet on teams to cover, or not to cover that spread, and get more attractive odds the the ones offered in a clear favorite/underdog situation.
The tricky part of asian handicaps are double handicaps. But, it’s no rocket science. With double handicaps, the stake is divided on two offered handicaps (i.e. -1,0 & -1,5; 0,5 & 1,0…). In this case, a punter can have 4 possibilities of bet outcomes:
1. a bet is lost – when both options (handicaps) are not won
2. bet is won – when both handicaps are won. If a punter takes a double handicap @ -1,0 & -1,5 that means that his team has to win with 2 or more goals difference for both handicaps to be covered and the bet won in full.
3. part of the bet is won – when one handicap is won, and the other is voided. The voided part of the stake is then returned to the punter, and the other is calculated with the odds given. I.e. if betting on handicap -1,5 % -2,0, and the team wins with exactly 2 goal difference (2:0; 3:1; 4:2…) the -1,5 handicap is won, and -2,0 handicap is voided.
4. part of the stake is returned – when one handicap is voided, and the other is lost. It’s very similar to point no.3, only in this case the punter recovers only the half of his stake, with no bets won. I.e. if a punter bets on handicap -1,0 & -1,5, and the team wins with only 1 goal difference (1:0, 2:1, 3:2…) the -1,0 handicap is voided (stake returned), and the -1,5 handicap is lost.
Double asian handicap (and totals) are sometimes presented as a single handicap, but using the margin in the middle of two handicaps included. I.e. a double handicap of -2,5 and 3,0 can be presented as -2,75.
A “PK” or “0” handicap is basically a “draw no bet” option (if the game ends in a draw, the bet is voided).
Apply the same guidelines as with asian handicap!
As asian odds are getting more and more dominant in the world of soccer betting, it’s vital to understand and use those lines and odds properly. There is lots of content available online, but if you still find yourself struggling, our 1-on-1 coaching will do the trick for you.
Also, many of our TippBoss picks include some sort of asian odds based bets, so missing on asian handicap and total is like missing on your chance to profit.