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Soccer Asian Handicaps Explained

Posted by Dave Mason on 3/15/2011 12:20:11 PM

In Soccer there are relatively few goals per game, (roughly 2.5 goals per game on average) so more precise lines are needed to handicap games via spreads and totals. It’s not enough to just use full point or half point lines as in NFL or NBA, so in Soccer we use quarter point lines too. These lines are called Asian Handicaps.

Lessor books don’t like using these lines. They’d rather give you regular spreads and totals with lines like -160 / +120. At BetOnline we give you the most accurate spreads and totals to get you closer to -110 / -110 every time. (-105 / -105 on selected games)

So How Does It Work Exactly?

A quarter point spread or total is written with two spreads or totals such as -½ ,-1 (-0.75) or 2, 2½ (2.25) When you make one of these bets your wager gets split in two with half going on each different spread or total.

For example you might wager $110 to win $100 on Manchester United with a spread of -½ ,-1 (-0.75) Because it’s a quarter point spread your bet effectively gets split into two:

$55 to win $50 on Manchester United -0.5

$55 to win $50 on Manchester United -1

If Manchester United lose or draw the game you lose all of your bet. – Net Result -$110

If Manchester United win the game by exactly 1 goal you win the half of your bet at -0.5 and push the half of your bet at -1 – Net Result +$50

If Manchester United win by 2 goals or more you win both parts of the bet – Net Result +$100

Totals work in exactly the same way. Let’s say you bet $110 to win $100 on Over 2, 2½ (2.25) goals. Your bet becomes:

$55 to win $50 on Over 2 goals

$55 to win $50 on Over 2.5 goals.

If the game finishes with less than 2 goals you lose all of your bet. – Net Result -$110

If the game finishes with exactly 2 goals you push the half of your bet at over 2 and lost the half of your bet at over 2.5 – Net Result -$55

If the game finished with 3 or more goals you win both parts of the bet. – Net Result +$100

UEFA Champions League is hitting the home stretch and MLS is underway, there is no better time than now to add Asian Handicapping to your betting repertoire.

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