Choosing a market is very important in sports betting. A lot of tipsters and bettors have few markets that they like to bet on and they stick with that. Asian handicap is one of the (if not the most) popular betting markets out there and there are solid reasons for that. In this blog post I will explain what is Asian handicap and why it is so popular especially amongst professional tipsters.
Asian handicap offers a different type of betting style to the bettors. In Asian handicap, there are only two outcomes that can happen. So in sports like football, draw is eliminated. The bookmakers set their Asian handicap lines after an evaluation of the specific match and the aim is to eliminate the favorite/underdog with giving the underdog a head start. For example, if a team is slightly favorite to win a match the Asian handicap line is usually set on -0.5/+0.5. The Asian handicaps are categorized in three different names: Level Asian Handicap, Single Asian Handicap, and Split Asian Handicap. Level Asian handicap is when two teams are equal in strength and there is no need to add any goals/points to any of the sides. It is often indicated by +0/-0. In the case of a draw the stake is refunded to the bettor. Single Asian Handicap indicates 0.5, 1, 1.5, 2… Asian handicaps. The result of these can be easily calculated by just adding goals to the final score. For example you have bet on Team A to beat Team B with -1.5 Asian Handicap. The game ended 3-1 with a victory for Team A. If you subtract the handicap you have 1.5-1 and still Team A won the match. This means you have won your bet. If a draw appears after you add/subtract the handicap your stake is refunded. Split Asian handicaps are a bit complex but they are sometimes very useful. Split Asian handicap means the handicap is 0.25, 0.75, 1.25… They are also sometimes indicated like (0, 0.5), (0.5, 1), (1, 1.50)… If you are betting on split handicaps it simply means that you are making two bets with half of your total stake. For example, say that you bet 10$ on +1.25 (+1, +1.5) handicap at the odds of 2.00. This simply means that you bet 5$ on +1 Asian handicap at 2.00 odds and +1.5 Asian handicap at 2.00 odds. You can then calculate the result of a bet.
Be careful not to bet on European handicap instead of Asian handicap. The difference between them is obvious because European handicap includes the draw possibility.
Now we can come to the reasons why this market is so popular, especially amongst professional tipsters. The very first reason is the juice, or commission, the bookies take from Asian handicap. Bookmakers take more commission from markets that have more outcomes. Therefore, Asian handicap is one of the markets which bookies take the least commission. This makes the Asian handicap market one of the best market to bet on.
Another important benefit of Asian handicaps is the ability to control the risk and the reward. For example, let’s say that you have spotted value bet for an underdog at the odds of 6.00. In long term, there would not be a lot of difference between betting on the team to win straight up and betting on them to win with +1.5 or +2 Asian handicap but on the short term, you can control your variance if you bet on Asian handicaps. By implementing Asian handicap to your betting strategy you can avoid huge swings that can damage your bankroll temporarily.
This blog post was written by our tipster Alper Ersoy