Asian handicap is a form of spread betting and, as you’ve probably guessed, has it’s roots in Asia. It’s become increasingly popular with soccer betting over the last few years. It’s a type of wagering whereby the actual result of the match is not the important factor. The bets are on the outcome of a match and based on the accuracy of your predictions. It’s the opposite of fixed odds betting which you already know of.
The handicap is because this is normally given to the underdog team, as this is the team most likely to lose.
How Asian Handicap Differs From Traditional Betting Odds
Football is one of the few sports where the likelihood of a draw is fairly high. With normal fixed odds, a tie or draw is treated the same way as a win or a lose. It’s an additional outcome. Now with Asian Handicap betting, ties or draws don’t count. So there has to be a winner. For betting purposes this means a straight 50:50 chance of winning.
Asian Handicap Betting During Games
Let’s say that Real Madrid are playing Getafe. Because Getafe are the underdogs, the book makers give them a score advantage before the match starts. So, let’s say that they already have a score of 0.5. So the starting score of the match would be: Real Madrid = 0. and Getafe = 0.5. Now if Real go on and score 2 x goals, and also Getafe do the same, then the final score will be: Real Madrid = 2, Getafe = 2.5. So the underdogs would of won this match. Because the handicap is a fraction, then there’s no way it can be equalized. To that end, one team has to win.
The book makers are looking to generate a handicap that will make the teams as equal as possible. This then gives odds of 50:50, so book makers then offer their odds as close to an even odds proposition. The underdog gets it’s handicap depending on how it compares with the other team at a skills level. The less skills they have, then the greater the handicap, and the greater the chance of either team winning. If you take the handicap in conjunction with the total for the game, then the handicap is essentially a means of predicting the final score.