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Asian Handicap betting comes from the far east and is very popular there.
Asian Handicaps make a sporting event become more alligned by giving a handicap to one team, bringing the odds closer together. This in turn creates more betting opportunities. Also the draw is taken out, so there can only be two possible outcomes.
For example, if used in a football match a lessor able team might be given a handicap of 2 goals this would make a more balanced match. You can see on the table below what the outcome would be for a +2 handicap:-
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An in depth view of each Asian Handicap market:
Asian handicap 0
The 0 Asian Handicap is where both teams are at the same level or evenly matched, the draw is taken out so you are betting on a team to win. If the match finishes in a draw the stake is refunded and if your selection wins you win the bet. If your selection loses you lose the bet.
Asian handicap -0.25 or 0,-0.5
The -0.25 or 0,-0,5 is a split or double handicap and can be displayed in two formats as shown above. Your stake is split into two and counted as two bets.
0 - The first half of the bet is on the result without the draw and you will win this bet if your selection wins and lose if it loses. You will get this half of your stake back if the result is a draw.
-0.5 - Your other half of the stake or second bet will win if your selection wins and lose if your selection draws or loses.
Asian handicap -0.5
The -0.5 handicap is where your selection gets -0.5 goals added to the total. So if your selection wins you win the bet, if your selection loses or draws you will lose the bet.
Asian handicap -0.75 or -0.5,-1
This Asian Handicap is split again so your stake is split into two bets. The handicap can be displayed as -0.75 or -0.5,-1.
One half of your stake will be put onto the -0.5 handicap which means your selection has a handicap of -0.5 so if your selection wins you will win this half of the bet. If your selection loses or draws you will lose this half of the bet.
Asian handicap -1
The -1 Asian handicap is where your selection is given a -1 handicap. So if your selection wins by 2 or more goals your bet will win. If your selection wins by 1 goal you have your stake refunded and if your selection draws or loses you will lose the bet.
Asian handicap -1.25 or -1,-1.5
The -1.25 or -1,-1.5 is a split or double handicap and dependant on the bookmaker you use the format will be displayed in the two examples above. Again your stake is split into two seperate bets.
-1 is the first half of your bet will win if your selection wins by 2 goals or more. You will get this half of your stake refunded if your selection wins by 1 goal and you will lose this half if your selection draws or loses.
-1.5 is the second part of your bet and your selection is give a -1.5 handicap. You will win your bet if your selection wins by 2 goals or more. This half of your bet will lose if your selection wins by 1 goal,draws or loses.
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