Asian Betting Explained!
It's easy to think that when we're familiar with something and understand it, that everyone else gets it to. So, we assume we are all on the same page and things don't need explaining and breaking down into digestible chunks.
When we speak to our members and general folk in the betting community, we're often amazed by how many people are scared off from using Asian Betting Lines because they don't understand the system, and it’s become too daunting for them.
Asian Betting is extremely effective if used properly, and it's a real shame such a large number of sports bettors avoid it.
So, we are going to try our best to remove the fear of the unknown.
Why is it called Asian Betting?
This type of betting originated in the Asian betting markets where they only wanted a bet to have 2 outcomes. The idea being either Team A wins or Team B wins. Having a draw wasn't desirable. So instead of betting on a Match result having the options 1/X/2 like we often see, they wanted 1/2 only, so a system was created to eliminate it.
The idea was then transferred to other betting markets where 3 outcomes are possible.
What are the types of Asian Betting we regularly see in football (soccer) markets?
There are 3 main types we use:
Asian Goal Lines
Asian Corner Lines
As the type of betting we mainly do is goals and corners it's the first two types we use more, and luckily, they are the simplest to explain. We will however do our best to go through each one and hopefully give you the knowledge to confidently place an Asian bet fully understanding how it works.
Asian Goal Line Bets
Also known on bookmaker sites like Bet365 as just Goal Line Bets or First Half Goal Lines.
Using Asian lines for goals seems complicated until you understand that there are only two types; "Half numbers" Like you see with normal under or over goal bets ie. Over 0.5 Goal Line or "Whole numbers" Ie. Over 1.0 Goal Line.
Half Number Asians are EXACTLY the same as standard goal bets. Over 0.5 Goal Line is identical to Over 0.5 Goals except the name. Stupidly if you use Bet365 you will find that the Goal Line often offers better odds that the standard goal bet lines. Don't ask us why. It seems to be an anomaly that's worth exploiting to get a better price.
The Whole Number Asian lines require more goals to win the bet, but you get a margin of safety built in and much better odds.
For example, a game that's 0-0 at 70mins might offer Over 0.5 Goal Line at 2.0 odds and also Over 1.0 Goal Line at 6.0 odds.
In the example if you took the 1.0 line and a goal was scored, you'd be guaranteed a refund at the worst as you have matched the Asian Line. If 2 or more goals are scored the bet wins.
You will also find that by taking the Whole Asian Goal Line at bigger odds, if a goal went in quickly the cash out might be up to £30-35 straight away which is much higher than taking the standard Over 0.5 at evens (2.0). This gives you options.
Split Asian Goal Lines
You may on occasion see split lines in two form.
The same Bet Line may be shown as Over 1.0, 1.5 Goal Line or even Over 1.25 Goal Line.
What this means is that your bet is split into 2 separate bets within the one.
If you staked £10 for example on the above line, half the stake (£5) would be placed on the 1.0 line and half on the 1.5 line.
If only 1 goal is scored, then only half your overall bet is valid for a refund (£5) so you get a half refund of £5 as the higher line part of the bet lost. Again if 2 goals are scored both parts of the bet win.
It can be a way of looking for bigger returns without risking all the money to the same degree.
Bookie to use; Most online bookmakers offer these lines now, but our favourite is Betfair Exchange as you can set the odds you want.
Corner line bets are virtually the same concept as the Goal Lines. If it's a whole number Asian, you can get a refund of your stake if the number of corners ends up the same as the line you took. Ie. You bet on 9 Asian Corners and the game has exactly 9 when it ends.
In the following example I will explain about what lines you might see in-play and how to use them.
Imagine the scenario of Liverpool playing Barcelona in the Champions League. It's 30mins into the first half and there have only been 2 corners (which team got them is irrelevant)
You are signed up to our First Half Alert Channel and you get notified that it's worth looking at first half corners in this game.
You open the betting app and the line you are offered is Over 4.0 First Half Asian Corners at odds of evens
You can take the bet right then knowing that if 2 more corners are conceded your money is safe (the game will have 4, the same as the bet line).
You could also wait for the line to change as the first half progresses hoping that if there are more corners, they will be late in the half.
As the clock ticks down the line will next change to a half number Asian of Over 3.5 First Half Asian Corners next and this means you only need 2 to win the bet not 3. However, the refund element of the bet is removed from the equation.
Asian Handicap Betting
This type of betting is by far the most confusing for people and usually the one that gets avoided because of not understanding what they are placing. This leads to mistakes and then subsequent worrying about future similar bets.
We can’t stress this enough. If you don’t understand a bet you’re placing you shouldn’t be doing it.
Right, now listen up. We are going to try and make this easy for you!
The key idea you need to get to grips with when placing Asian Handicap Bets is that once you place the bet, the game is even. Imagine its been reset to 0-0. It doesn’t matter is the score was 2-1, 5-4, 3-7. Placing a Handicap bet is easiest to understand if you imagine it’s become a goalless game again.
There are three different handicaps that can placed:
- A full goal handicap, such as -0, -1, -2
- A half goal handicap such as -0.5, -1.5
- A quarter goal handicap such as -0.25, -0.75, -1.25
The handicap you are betting on will determine how you calculate your return, and it's this part that puts some people off. Don’t worry though, it’s simple enough and we will attempt to help you understand it.
Full Goal Handicap
A full goal handicap may well be a -1 or +1 goal start to a team. In this situation there are three possible outcomes:
- You win your bet
- You lose your bet
Your stake is returned (You stake is returned if the team with a -1 handicap wins by 1 goal or if the team with +1 loses by 1 goal)
Half Goal Handicap
For a half goal handicap, -0.5 or +0.5 goals for example, there are only two possible outcomes:
- You win your bet
- You lose your bet
Quarter Goal Handicap
For a quarter goal handicap, -0.75 or +0.75 goals, there are four possible outcomes:
- You win your bet
- You lose your bet
- You have a half win
- You have a half loss
This is similar to the split Asian Goal line; the stake is divided evenly between two bet lines. Ie. A £10 stake on a -0.75 Handicap would be; £5 on a -1 handicap and £5 on a -0.5 handicap.
To make it easier to understand you can check the table at the end of the article and see how a particular bet line would win or lose.
So who do you bet for? What team do you back? And do you take a positive or negative Asian Handicap?
A good rule of thumb is as follows;
If they are losing or you think they will score at least another goal more than the opposition, then its worth while looking at a negative handicap. Ie -0.5 or -1 (can go even higher if you think the team can score several more)
Evenly Matched Teams:
If you think a team can hold out and not concede another goal you could look at placing a zero handicap (0.0 Handicap – Same as a Draw No Bet) or a slight Positive Asian Handicap such as +0.5.
If you feel the weaker team might only concede a single goal maximum then you could go for a positive handicap over +1, such as +1.5 or +2.0