Asian Handicap

A handicap in betting means that the bookmaker has given a virtual advantage to one of the competitors.

They are often called Asian handicaps because of the popularity in many Asian countries, but is also known as line betting, the spread or points betting.

The main reason for handicapping is that the draw result is eliminated.

AH0 or Draw No Bet (DNB)

Draw no bet is a special case where no actual handicap is applied, but the draw is still eliminated. This is why it’s also sometimes called AH0 (Asian Handicap 0). If the match ends in a draw, all your money will be returned to you. No profit, no loss.

Half Asian Handicaps

The team gets half a goal handicap. This means the match including handicap cannot end in a draw. One of the teams will always win with “half a goal” when handicap is applied. Unlike Draw No Bet, there is no money back in any case. You will win or lose your money.

Quarter Asian Handicaps

A quarter goal asian handicap is a 50/50 split between the two surrounding handicaps, with half of total stake going to each one of them. So a 1.75 handicap is really half a 1.5 and half a 2.0 handicap.

Asian Handicap outcomes

Here’s a table describing the various handicap types, and what happens in various scenarios:

HandicapTeam resultBet resultHandicapTeam resultBet result
0WinWin0WinWin
DrawStake refundDrawStake refund
LoseLoseLoseLose
– 0.25WinWin+ 0.25WinWin
DrawHalf loseDrawHalf win
LoseLoseLoseLose
– 0.50WinWin+ 0.50WinWin
DrawLoseDrawWin
LoseLoseLoseLose
– 0.75Win by 2+Win+ 0.75WinWin
Win by 1Half winDrawWin
DrawLoseLose by 1Half Lose
LoseLoseLose by 2+Lose
– 1.00Win by 2+Win+ 1.00WinWin
Win by 1Stake refundDrawWin
DrawLoseLose by 1Stake refund
LoseLoseLose by 2+Lose
– 1.25Win by 2+Win+ 1.25WinWin
Win by 1Half loseDrawWin
DrawLoseLose by 1Half win
LoseLoseLose by 2+Lose
– 1.50Win by 2+Win+ 1.50WinWin
Win by 1LoseDrawWin
DrawLoseLose by 1Win
LoseLoseLose by 2+Lose
– 1.75Win by 3+Win+ 1.75WinWin
Win by 2Half winDrawWin
Win by 1LoseLose by 1Win
DrawLoseLose by 2Half lose
LoseLoseLose by 3+Lose
– 2.00Win by 3+Win+ 2.00WinWin
Win by 2Stake refundDrawWin
Win by 1LoseLose by 1Win
DrawLoseLose by 2Stake refund
LoseLoseLose by 3+Lose

Back to the FAQs