ASIAN HANDICAPS Betting guide
What is an Asian HCP in betting?
Asian handicap markets offer may seem complicated at first glance, but it is a pretty simple betting market type. The Asian HCP gives a virtual handicap (disadvantage or advantage) to the opposing teams, thus eliminating the chance of a draw in the match. In terms of bookmaker’s offer, this is done by presenting a positive or negative goal (or points) handicap for each team in a match, depending on which participant is perceived as the favourite (negative) or underdog (positive).
Bookmakers in Asia put up odds for these markets as an integral part of their betting offer, both on pre-match and live sports betting. Most sports events will have some Asian handicap or Asian over/under (goals or points) markets available for betting, but we will start from the basics and cover the most popular sport of all – football.
-0.25 / 0.25 Asian Handicap betting
Here the underdog team is given a head start with a “quarter goal”, so the game starts with -0.25 without any draw option.
If you bet on a team to cover HCP -0.25, all that you need is for your team to win, and you will win your coupon. If there is a draw, you lose half of your stake. If your team loses the game, you lose your bet.
If betting on the other side, 0.25, a draw will give you a half win; you win your bet if your team wins and lose your bet if your team loses.
-0.5 / 0.5 Asian Handicap betting
This market is equivalent to a “Win” selection (-0.5) for the favorite, and the “Double Chance: Draw or Win” selection (0.5) for the other team in the football match. Therefore, here the underdog team is given a head start with a half goal, and the favorite team starts the game with -0.5 disadvantage.
If betting on the team with HCP -0.5, your team has to win the game for you to win your bet. In any other case, you lose your money. If betting on the HCP 0.5, you need your team to win or tie to win your bet.
-0.75 / 0.75 Asian Handicap betting
In this case the game starts with -0.75. The underdog team is given a 0.75 goal before the game starts. Draw option is eliminated.
When betting on the team with HCP -0.75, you need your team to win by 2 or more goals to win your coupon. If your team wins by one goal, you win half of your bet and get the other half back. When betting on HCP 0.75, you need your team to win or tie the game. If your team loses by one goal, you get half of your coupon back.
-1.0 / 1.0 Asian Handicap betting
Here the game starts with -1 goal, meaning that a one goal virtual advantage is given to the underdog team.
When betting on HCP -1.0, to win your coupon you need your team to win by 2 or more goals difference. If your team wins by 1 goal, you get your money back – no wager. If the game ends in a draw or the other team wins, you lose your entire stake.
To win your coupon when betting on HCP +1.0, you need your team to win or draw. If your team loses by 1 goal, you get your money back – no wager. However, if the other team wins by 2 or more goals, you lose your bet.
0 / 0 Asian Handicap betting (LEVEL BALL – DRAW NO BET – DNB)
There is no advantage given to any team and the game starts at 0-0.
Let’s say you bet on a team to win on the HCP 0.0 market – all that you need is your team to win, and you will win your coupon. If there is a draw, you get your stake back, but if your team loses the game, you lose your bet.
Other names for this include Draw No Bet (DNB) or level ball.
How to start betting on Asian handicaps?
As all professionals do, aspiring profitable bettors should start with the analysis of the teams, their form, stats, game conditions, and compare their conclusions with the odds offered by the bookmakers. The Asian market provides the best odds compared to the rest of the bookies out there.
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