Asian Handicap Betting: Meaning, Advantages and Disadvantages

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Asian Handicap Betting is very popular with seasoned punters. Many punters talk about it, but very few actually know what it means and fewer know when to use it.


First of all, “Asian Handicap” is not a Chinese guy with physical disabilities (*chuckles lightly*).

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It definitely has nothing to do with this guy

Asian Handicap betting is a type of betting seen in football betting and other sports that can end in a draw. The aim is to give a level playing field to two opposing teams of disproportionate strength/form (Favourite and underdog) and also eliminate the need for a draw. It is also a type of “Spread Betting”. Teams most likely to lose are given an advantage (in terms of goals) before kickoff. Handicaps (or goal advantage) are usually given to the underdog team (this is the team more likely to lose). The handicap could be a whole number or a decimal/fraction.


Football is one of the few sports in the world where a draw is a fairly common result. With traditional fixed odds, draws are treated as an actual outcome in the game. In other words, if you bet on a team to win and the game comes to draw, you lose.

With Asian Handicaps, however, there will be no draws or tie games as they are forced to produce a winner. In doing so each team has a 50% chance of winning and so do you as a bettor.


Asian Handicap betting originated in Indonesia (hence, the “Asian” part). Colloquially known as “hang cheng betting” in Indonesia, it wasn’t until 1998 that an Indonesian bookmaker asked an English speaking journalist to coin an Engish name for this particular type of betting for the English market. It was after then that it became known as “Asian Handicap betting”.


The underdog will start the game with a fraction of a point/goal. For example, Real Madrid playing against Ipswich Town FC and let’s say Ipswich Town FC was given a handicap of .5 goal. The starting score for the match would be Real Madrid= zero and Ipswich Town FC = .5. Now if Real Madrid scores 2 goals for the entire game and Ipswich Town FC also happens to score two goals, that would have normally been a draw, but seeing as the under dog team (Ipswich Town FC) had already started with .5 score, their final score would be 2.5 while Man U is still at 2. The underdog team would have won that match.

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Therefore, a draw will be impossible as there is no way any team can score a fraction of a goal to make the score even again, someone would have to win, however, the handicap is not a set fraction. It does vary. The handicap is a virtual goal head start and can increase in increments of ¼ i.e. ¼ goal, ½ goal, ¾ goal, 1 goal, 1 ¼ goal etc.


When an underdog receives a ½ (or 0.5 depending on the bookmaker) goal handicap, it means that you are betting for it to start with a virtual half goal lead. Depending on your wager this could lead to a number of situations. Say for instance Barcelona and Blackburn are playing (Blackburn has the handicap of ½) and you bet on Barcelona to win, the following outcomes will result:

Barcelona vs. Blackburn:

0–0 = loss
1–0 = win
0–1 = loss
2–0 = win
3–0 = win


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  • Elimination of a draw result increases odds of winning.
  • When used in an accumulator there are less possible outcomes which increases the chance of winning.
  • Depending on the handicap, you might still win if the team you bet on loses the game.


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  • Asian handicaps are hard to understand at first.
  • Fixed odds provide better odds for underdogs compared to Asian handicaps.

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