Handicap Betting offers an alternative way of betting on certain events. You are essentially giving one side an advantage or a disadvantage which will increase the difficulty of the bet, but the odds will rise as well. Several bet types are part of handicap betting and we will explain them all below. It’s important to note that football is the most popular sport for handicap bets; however its often used for rugby, tennis, basketball, golf, etc.

Handicap Betting
Welcome to Handicap Betting

Handicap betting is best used when a strong favorite is playing an outsider. So, you can set up a handicap for the favorite and that way increase the odds. The reason you would do this is because when favorites play, the odds for their victory are very low and pretty much unusable. Nevertheless, read more about handicap bets right below.

Handicap Betting Types

European Handicap

The simplest form of handicap betting is known as European Handicap or Single Handicap. Its mostly used for football; however bookmakers will still offer it for other low scoring sports. There are often football matches where one of the sides is considered to be an absolute favorite. European Handicap evens the field by giving the underdog an advantage of one or more goals. For instance, if Barcelona is playing against a team like Huesca at home, their chance of winning is almost 100%. This means that the 1X2 odds for Barcelona will be really low and bettors will be looking for alternative markets.

European Handicap betting for this particular example will work like this:

  • Bookmakers will certainly offer a minimum of -2, -3, and more against Barcelona which will increase the odds for their victory. So, if you pick a -3 handicap, it means that Barcelona will be figuratively starting the match with a 3 goal deficit. So, to win your bet, Barca will need to win by 4 or more goals.

However, if the match ends 3-0 or less for Barcelona, you will lose your stake.

Asian Handicap

Asian Handicap Betting becomes valuable when one team is a strong favorite in a certain match. The difference in quality between two opponents is calculated through several factors like:

  • Recent Form
  • Home field advantage
  • History
  • Suspended or injured players

Keep in mind that the option of a draw is completely removed. There will be a certain positive or negative goal handicap, allocated to both sides in a match. The one which is considered the favorite gets a negative handicap while the underdog gets a positive one. When it comes to sports betting there are a couple of different Asian Handicap bet types.

Level Asian Handicap

This type of Asian Handicap betting applies when there is no real difference between the two sides in a match. So, each side will start the game with 0 goals meaning that you are pretty much betting on the winner of the game. Look at it as a bet from the Draw no Bet market since the game can either end with the home or the away team winning the match. If it ends in a draw, it results with a void bet and your stake is returned.

This is where the biggest difference between Asian and European Handicap is located. A simple -2 Asian handicap bet would be considered void and the stakes returned if the match ends with 2 goal victory for the handicapped team. This means that the game ended in a draw. On the other hand, a -2 European handicap bet with the same outcome will result in a loss of your stakes.

Single Asian Handicap

The Single Asian Handicap Betting will give the side that is considered favorite to win a certain goal handicap. They will start the game with a handicap of – 0.5, – 1, – 1.5, – 2, etc.

Team backedHandicapResultPayout
Team A-0.5Win
Draw or Lose
Win
Lose
Team B+0.5Win or Draw
Lose
Win
Lose
Team A-1Win by 2 or more
Win by 1
Draw or Lose
Win
*Bet void
Lose
Team B+1Win or Draw
Lose by 1
Lose by 2 or more
Win
*Bet void
Lose
Team A-1.5Win by 2 or more
Win by 1, Lose or Draw
Win
Lose
Теам B+1.5Win, Draw or Lose by 1
Lose by 2 or more
Win
Lose
Team A-2Win by 3 or more
Win by 2
Win by 1, Draw or Lose
Win
*Bet void
Lose
Team B+2Win, Draw or Lose by 1
Lose by 2
Lose by 3 or more
Win
*Bet void
Lose

Split Asian Handicap

The Split Asian Handicap Betting markets are great when you are not sure about the difference in quality between the two sides. For instance, the favorite can start the game with a (0 & – 0.5), (- 0.5 & – 1), etc. handicap.

Team backedHandicapResultPayout
Team A0 & -0.5Win
Draw
Lose
Win
Lose half stake
Lose
Team B0 & +0.5Win
Draw
Lose
Win
Win half stake
Lose
Team A-0.5 & -1Win by 2 or more
Win by 1
Draw or Lose
Win
Win half stake
Lose
Team B0.5 & 1Win or Draw
Lose by 1
Lose by 2 or more
Win
Lose half stake
Lose
Team A-1 & -1.5Win by 2 or more
Win or Draw
Lose by 2 or more
Win
Lose half stake
Lose
Team B1 & 1.5Win or Draw
Lose by 1
Lose by 2 or more
Win
Win half stake
Lose
Team A-1.5 & -2Win by 3 or more
Win by 2
Win by 1, Draw or Lose
Win
Win half stake
Lose
Team B1.5 & 2Win, Draw or Lose by 1
Lose by 2
Lose by 3 or more
Win
Lose half stake
Lose
Team A-2 & -2.5Win by 3 or more
Win by 2
Win by 1, Draw or Lose
Win
Lose half stake
Lose
Team B2 & 2.5Win, Draw or Lose by 1
Lose by 2
Lose by 3 or more
Win
Win half stake
Lose

Set Handicap

Last but not least, we have to mention this handicap betting type which is used for tennis. Its increasing in popularity because when it comes to tennis tournaments, there are several favorites and unless they are playing each other, the odds for their victories are usually very low.

With Set Handicap you could give several sets advantage to the opponent who is the underdog. This way the odds for the favorite winning will increase, while the chances of you winning your bet are still relatively high.

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