Asian Handicap

If you are new to sports betting or you have heard about Asian Handicap before but you find it a bit confusing, we are here to help. Asian Handicap has become a popular way to bet on sports. Let’s see what Asian Handicap is and how it works.

What is Asian Handicap?

Asian Handicap is a type of bet on sports betting that was first introduced and popularized in Asia but was spread throughout the international sports betting industry. It differs a bit from traditional bet types where you simply pick a team to win, lose or draw. Asian Handicap was created to spice things up by leveling the playing field in situations where one team is stronger than the other. What do we mean by that?

In some sports like football, you often see matches where one team is much stronger than the other. In traditional betting, you would typically bet on one team to win, lose or for the game to end in a draw. However, when one team is vastly superior, the odds for that team to win might be very low, which makes betting on them less appealing because the potential payout is small.

Asian Handicap addresses this issue by giving the weaker team a “handicap”, an advantage right from the beginning. This handicap is usually expressed in terms of goals. It means that the underdog team starts the game with a virtual lead in goals before the match even begins. This leveling of the playing field makes betting on the match more interesting and fair. 

How does Asian Handicap Work?

Well, imagine you want to bet on a football match between Team A and Team B. In traditional betting, you would choose one of three options:

Team A to win

Team B to win


With Asian Handicap it becomes more interesting as the option of a draw is eliminated.

As we said Asian Handicap is usually expressed in goals. It uses both whole goals (e.g -1 +1) and half goals (e.g -1.5, +0.5) and the difference between them is crucial for the outcome of a bet.

Whole Goal Handicap is when you bet with whole goals, such as -1 or +1. If the team you are betting on wins by exactly that number of goals, then your bet is a push – it means there is no winner here – and your stake is refunded. If the team draws by exactly that number of goals, your bet is again a push and your stake is refunded. If the team wins or draws the match by fewer goals, then you lose your bet. For your bet to win, the team you are betting on must win by more goals.

As you can see the possibility of a draw is still on with whole goals handicaps.

On the other hand, when you bet with half goals, like -1.5 or +0.5, the outcome of a match is more decisive, as there is no possibility of a push, because it is impossible to score half a goal in a game. This means your bet will wither win or lose, there are no ties here.

Here’s how to interpret the half-goal handicaps:


if you bet on a team with a -1.5 handicap, it means that they need to win by at least 2 goals for you to win the bet. If they do win but by only 1 goal you lose your bet.


A team with a -0.5 handicap must simply win the match for your bet to win. There is no need for them to win by a specific number of goals, as even a one goal margin is enough.


if you bet on a team with a +0.5 handicap, they can win the match, draw, or even lose by just one goal, and your bet will still win.

As you can see, the inclusion of half goals in Asian Handicap adds more precision to your bets and it eliminates the possibility of a tie or push making the outcomes more straightforward. It allows you to make more specific predictions regarding the margin of victory in a game or whether a team will simply avoid losing by a certain margin.

How to use Asian Handicap on Asianstorm?

Let’s see how you can place Asian Handicap bets anytime you want on the Asianstorm betting platform.

First you need to have an Asianstorm account and a funded balance in order to be able to place bets. As soon as your account is set up, use your username and password given and login to the Asianstorm platform.

Right next to the Asianstorm logo click on the sports offered and you will see a drop down menu of all the sports. Pick the one you want and you will see all the events related to it nicely categorized in four categories on the left side of the main screen. You have outright options, for long term betting outcomes, you can see the in running events, the events of the current day as well as the Early tab lists events for the coming days.

Let’s say you want to place a bet on football, specifically on the English Premier League.

Select Football and on the left select the English Premier League for the category you prefer and you will see all the games related. As you want to place Asian Handicap bets, you need to select this market too.

Go to the ADD MARKETS tab and tick the Asian Handicap selection. You can add as many markets you want and they will appear on the main screen.

Now you can see all the game options for the Premier League with the Asian Handicap market.

You can see a handicap number tab and next to it the odds for Team A and the odds for Team B. By clicking on the handicap number you will all the handicap options available.

Let’s say Team A is the underdog and Team B is the stronger. Let’s see a few of your options for your bet.


This means that Team A starts with a 1.5 goal advantage. If Team A wins or the game ends in a draw, your bet wins. Even if they lose by just one goal, you still win.

Team A +1

In this case, Team A gets a 1 goal head start. If they win or the game ends in a draw, your bet wins. If they win by one goal, then the game is a tie, your bet is a push, and you receive your stake back.

+0 handicap

If you come across this option, it means there is no goal advnantage here for any team. If you bet on Team A +0, they need to win for you to win your bet. If they draw or lose, you lose your bet.

Team B -1

Here Team B starts the game with 1 goal disadvantage. Team B needs to win by at least 1 goal for you to win your bet. If they win by 2 or more goals, again your bet wins. But if they score one goal, draw or lose the game, you lose your bet.

Team B -1.5

If you choose this option, Team B must win by at least 2 goals for you to win your bet. If they win by only 1 goal or the match ends in a draw, your bet loses.

Choose the handicap value you prefer and click on the odds of Team A or Team B and immediately your betslip window will open.

You will see all the bookmakers offering that market, their limits in EURO currency, and the odds for each bookmaker separately. You will also see the total order you can place combined from all bookies, the average order and the best order recommendation for your bet.

You have also the option to leave your bet open when the game goes in-running or you can choose to close it as soon as the match kicks off. You even have the option to select a specific time for the matching algorithm to place your bet.

Fill in the stake and price fields with your preferred numbers and you are good to go to place your bet by pressing the PLACE button.

If you want to place more Asian Handicap bets, right and left of the betslip you will see handicap options which will open if you click on them. You can set your bets and either press the PLACE button for each separately or press the PLACE ALL button on top of the betslip window.

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Explore your Options

Asianstorm allows you to take your betting experience even further by choosing to place Asian Handicap bets on the EXCHANGES available. You can easily switch from classic bet placing to exchanges simply by clicking on the very same betslip the EXCHANGE tab and you will see your “LAY” options and all the exchanges available for the market you picked for that specific sport event.

If you are not familiar with how to place back and lay bets on exchanges, we’ve got you covered as we have an analytic guide on how to use an exchange.

Asianstorm allows you to easily swift from one sport to another using the sports bar right next to the Asianstorm logo and expand your market options with the ADD MARKETS tab.

View your orders on the Recent Orders at the bottom of the main screen or keep track of all your orders on the My Orders tab at the top of the main screen.

What are the Benefits of Asian Handicap?

Asian Handicap is a cool way to bet on sports, especially when one team is much better than the other.

Asian Handicap makes it fair when one team is much stronger than the other. It helps the weaker team by giving them a head start, so you can bet on them with a better chance.

With Half Goals Asian Handicap your bets will either win or lose, which is easier to understand.

You can make many different types of bets, so you can be more precise in your predictions.

If you are afraid of losing all your money, Asian Handicap can be safer because you can win some of your bet even if your team does not win the whole game.

if you bet on the favorite team, Asian Handicap can give you better odds, meaning you can win more money.

Asian Handicap Is a flexible way to bet on sports, particularly in football. It gives you more choices and better odds, especially in games where one team is clearly the favorite or the underdog. By understanding the handicaps and their implications, you can make informed bets and enjoy a more engaging betting experience.

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