Asian handicaps are, as the name suggests, a special type of handicap betting popular
in the Far East and commonly used in football betting. In addition to typical +1, 0, and -1 handicaps seen in
standard handicap football match betting, Asian handicap allows for a ¼ goal, ½ goal and a ¾ goal start. On
the face of it this may not seem to make a lot of sense, since any team that beats (or loses to) a ½ goal
start will also beat (or lose to) a ¼ goal start.
However, there is more to ¼ and ¾ ball betting than meets
the eye. As for normal handicap betting, the underdog will be awarded a head start of a handicap, and the
favourite will concede a handicap of the same magnitude.
For the purposes of bet settlement, the
predetermined number of the handicap will be added to the real number of goals. Where no handicap is
awarded (0:0 handicap), a drawn game will result in a tied bet and returned stakes. If either side wins,
bets backing that team will win, whilst bets backing the other will lose.
Similar rules apply for 1 goal
(0:1) and 2 goal (0:2) Asian handicaps. When ½ ball handicaps are applied, bets can only be won or lost - a
tied bet is impossible. If the handicap is set at ¼ (or ¾, 1¼, 1¾ etc) of a goal, then any bets on the match
will be settled as a split stakes bet, with half the stake going on the handicap ¼ of a goal less than the
quote and half on the handicap a ¼ of a goal more.
For example, with a ¼ ball handicap, half the stakes will
be settled as though the handicap was 0, and half as though the handicap was ½. It follows, then, that if a
team beats a ¼ ball handicap by ½ or more, the backer will win the whole bet; if they lose by ½ or more, the
backer will lose the whole bet. It is only when the result falls within ¼ of the handicap that the result
is different from a conventional handicap.
When a team beats the handicap by a ¼, the backer receives half
stakes on a win, and half returned. For example, if £10 were staked at odds of 1.95 for a ¼ ball advantage,
a drawn game would return a profit of £4.75. This is known as a "win ½". If a team loses by a ¼, the backer
has only half his stake returned. This is known as a "loss ½".
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