What is Asian Handicap Betting?

I enjoy using Asian handicap (AH), and have found it to be very profitable when working alongside my research. A lot of my new followers often aren’t sure of the numbers I use in my tips (-0.5, +1.25 etc), so I’ve written this post to explain the method…

AH fundamentally allows you to bet on the strength of your predicted outcome. This provides far more flexibility when placing bets than the usual 1X2 market. Instead of placing bets on the favourite at 1.20, you can use AH to work these odds up to closer to 2.00 (evens), or even higher – if you’re confident enough in your choice.

There are three types of AH bets, all provide their own advantages:


This type of bet eliminates any form of draw. However, you can have your stake returned. It is often used to lower the risk of the bet.

A bet on Man Utd -1.00 on the AH would win If Man Utd won by more than one goal and lose if they didn’t win. Stake would be returned should they win by one goal.


This bet type you either win or lose. The underdog starts with an advantage that the favourite must overcome. The below example shows Newcastle United as favourites. You back them on the Asian Handicap with a 0.5 goal disadvantage then they must win the game. If you backed Aston Villa in this instance, they would have to not lose the game for your AH bet to win.

TeamAsian HandicapOdds
Aston Villa+0.51.96

The half goal line can be higher too. A game between Man City and Southampton may give odds of 1.90 for Man City to win with a -1.5 Asian Handicap. This would mean Man City would need to win by 2 or more goals for the bet to win.


The quarter goal handicap seems complicated at first, but can be easily explained. Basically, betting on this handicap splits your stake to the two nearest half AH bets. For example, placing £10 on +0.25 Asian Handicap places £5 on +0.00 and £5 on +0.50. If your selection wins, both parts of your stake win. If your selection draws, the £5 on +.0.00 is returned, and you win on your £5 stake on +0.50 goals.

Be sure to understand the different ways this can be advertised on betting sites: +0.25, +1/4 or +0.00/+0.50 are all used frequently.


Below is a table of comparisons, showing the equivalent bets to Asian Handicap, available at most bookmakers.

Asian HandicapBookies Equivalent
-1.5-1 Goal Handicap
-0.5To Win
+0.0Draw No Bet
+0.5Double Chance
+1.5+1 Goal Handicap

You can find a detailed win/lose/void table on the Asian Handicap Wikipedia page:

I hope this explains the Asian Handicap method, if not, let me know and I’ll do my best to explain further until you understand fully!


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