What is Asian Handicap? | Sports Betting For Beginners

Let's say Liverpool play against Leyton Orient in the FA Cup. Liverpool are clear favorites, and you are looking to place a bet on them to advance to the next round. However, when you find out that the odds on a home win is only 1.1, you are reconsidering your initial decision.

In games where there is a clear favorite, the odds might be unfavorable. Therefore, bookmakers offer a handicap in order to create desirable bets on both the favorite and the underdog.

In the example above, the odds book could look something like this:


Liverpool -1.5  (1.90)   |   Leyton Orient +1.5 (2.10)


When determining the outcome of your bet, 1.5 points will either be added to Leyton's score or subtracted from Liverpool's. If the final score turns out to be Liverpool 2-0 Leyton Orient, a bet placed on Liverpool will result in a win. If the final score is 1-0, the bet on Liverpool is lost.


Full, Half and Quarter Goal Handicaps:

The Asian handicap can be divided into three categories, depending on its value. The full goal handicap consists of only whole numbers, for example +1, +2 or +3. This means that a draw is still possible, and in this case, your stake will be returned.

The half goal handicap could look like +0.5, +1.5, +2.5 etc. This eliminates the possibility of a draw and reduces the number of possible outcomes from three to two.

The quarter goal handicap is nothing but a mix between the full and half goal handicaps. Let’s take an example of +1.25. In this case, your money is split in two: One-half goes to a bet with the handicap of +1. The other half goes to a bet of +1.5.

With the quarter goal handicap, your bet can end in more ways than two. Consider a handicap of either -0.25 or +0.25, and the following results:

Asian Handicap Table

Asian Handicap Table

You placed a bet on handicap +0.25, and the game ends in a draw. Half of your bet(placed on handicap 0) is lost, while the other half(placed on +0.5) is a win. This is known as a half win. In the opposite case where a handicap of -0.25 is followed by a draw, your bet would result in a half lose.

In another example, consider the handicaps of -0.75 and +0.75:

Asian Handicap Table

Asian Handicap Table

This time, the half win is achieved if you place a bet with handicap -0.75, and your team wins by 1 (The half on -1 is lost. The half on -0.5 is won). The half lose comes into play if you place a bet with handicap +0.75, and your team lose by 1 (Half on +1 is won, half on +0.5 is lost).


Do you know the different odds types? 

We have written articles explaining them: 

Rookie Mistake #1 in Sports Betting: Accumulator Betting

Accumulator betting is generally a terrible idea. There are some exceptions to this rule, but 9 times out of 10 you should run a million miles from accumulator betting. The reasons are simple. Your hunch bet, which on average is losing 10% of your stake every bet, compounded with another 3 hunch bets, is actually making you lose on average 34% of your stake.

For example, let’s say you place a £10 on a 4 leg accumulator at 60 in odds. The bookmaker is essentially saying this will happen 1 time every 60 times. However, you should be getting odds of 91 (average payback at 90% giving 0.9^4 = 0.6561, 60/0.6561 = 91.45). That means the bookmaker has an edge of 34% over you.

Doesn’t sound very fair does it? That’s why bookmakers are spending millions on advertising accumulators

Don't bet on accumulators

Don't bet on accumulators

What are eWallets and How to Use Them for Sports Betting

If you already are using one or more bookmakers you have probably seen one or both of these logos.

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How You Can Use eWallets for Deposits and Withdrawals to Bookmakers

Skrill and Neteller are the two biggest eWallets currently used by bookmakers. An eWallet is an online prepaid account. Very similar to PayPal in many ways, except it’s not directly connected to your credit or debit card. Some countries have restrictions on cards to their countries gambling laws(this does NOT mean that it is illegal) and have to open an eWallet account to use certain bookmakers. But even if you don’t have to open an account it is not a stupid idea to do so anyway. It is a really easy way to keep track all your money that is used for betting.  Most bookmakers also have no transaction fee when using eWallets. If you want to spend some of your winnings you can order a Neteller debit card that is directly linked up to your account so you don’t need transfer the money back into your account.

When setting up an account with an eWallet they will at some point request a copy of your I.D to verify that it is, in fact, you using it. Don’t worry about this, they are very professional and neither us or any of our customers have had any problem with them. 

The only downside with eWallets is that like all credit card companies they take a fee for the deposits and withdrawals you make from them. However, you can reduce your fees and save money by upgrading your status.

How to Reduce Your eWallet Fees

We have partnered up with eWallet-Optimizer. As a result we can offer you the opportunity to get upgraded to: 

  • Silver status for Neteller

  • Gold status for Ecopayz.

  • Easier upgrade requirements for Skrill

eWallets are good to use for deposits and withdrawals to the bookies, the downside are the fees they charge.

The benefits of having Neteller Silver status include decreased FX Fees, free money transfers and 1 additional currency as shown below.

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How to Reduce Your Fees if You Do Not Have an eWallet

If you do not have a Neteller/Skrill/Ecopayz account, you can sign up via the links below 

How to Reduce Your Fees if You Already have an eWallet

If you already have a Neteller/Skrill/Ecopayz account, click the eWallet-Optimizer button and fill out the form shown in the image below. Awesome if you can add “trademate” in the Partner Code field, but no pressure =)

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Disclosure: Note that we are an affiliate of eWallet-Optimizer and thus indirectly of Neteller, Skrill and Ecopayz. We usually don’t do these types of deals, but as we benefit from driving traffic to them and you benefit from saving money we figured it was a win-win.