If you are not 100% confident about handicap betting, this guide is aimed right at you!
Among tips posted on Logibet.com or in the betting markets of the bookmakers, you might have ran into handicap betting. However, it is important to know that there are two types of handicaps: European and Asian. Since the two have different rules, it is important to know the difference.
This betting type is almost exclusively to be found in Soccer markets. Altough it could be applicable to other sports, it is almost never to be found for other sports. With European Handicap, the underdog team starts from a 1 or 2 goal deficit (between teams of a greater skill-difference, it can be more), and your betting if the favourite can win against the handicap or if the underdog can cover. The most important thing to know here is that you can bet draw, which means your bet will win if the favourite wins exactly with the amount of the handicap.
The biggest difference between Asian and European handicap is that you can only bet 2 outcomes on Asian markets. There are three different types of Asian handicap.
- Round number handicap
This is where you must be very careful to check if the bet is Asian or European handicap. As you can only bet 2 outcomes, if the handicap is exactly covered, both outcomes will receive the money back. Therefore a -1 European handicap will always be higher odds as a -1 Asian. This also means a +0 Asian handicap will always be the same as the popular "Draw no bet" market, so you are advised to check both odds and choose the higher one for maximum value.
- Half handicap
Since it is impossible to earn half points in most sports, a -0.5, -1,5 etc. handicap will always result in a won or lost bet, therefore this is the simplest one. Here we need to stress out that a -0,5 handicap is the same as betting for a team straight up, while +0,5 is the same as betting double chance, so here it is wise to select the best option as well.
- Quarter handicap
For novices in the sportsbetting world, "Quarter" handicaps cause the biggest confusion. These bets (like -0.25, +0.75, etc.) are actually a combination of two bets. Many bookmakers will even advertise the bet as +0.5, +1 instead of +0.75. In case of that bet, half your wager is placed on +0.5, while the other half on +1. This means besides winning or losing, your bet might be half won or half lost. For example a one-goal loss for that bet will mean half your bet has lost, and you will receive half your money back.