Asian Handicap Definition

The Asian handicap originated in the east and refers to spread betting in soccer. The Asian handicap (also known as Hang Cheng) removes the possibility of a draw result which increases the chances of a punter turning a profit significantly. There are only two outcomes of a win with an Asian handicap, a “home” or “away” win with a possible “push” for money back on a draw depending on the handicap. The handicap is a virtual goal head start and can increase in increments of ¼ i.e. ¼ goal, ½ goal, ¾ goal, 1 goal, 1 ¼ goal etc.


When a team which is thought to be weaker receives a ½ goal handicap, it means that you are betting for it to start with a pretend half goal. Depending on your wager this could lead to a number of situations. Say for instance Manchester United and Arsenal are playing (Arsenal has the handicap of ½) and you bet on Man U to win, the following out comes will result:-

Man U vs. Arsenal:

0-0 = loss
1-0 = win
0-1 = loss
2-0 = win
3-0 = win

Asian Handicap Pros and Cons
  • Elimination of a draw result increases odd of winning.
  • When used in an accumulator there are less possible outcomes which increases the chance of winning.
  • Depending on the handicap, you might still win if the team you bet on loses the game.
  • Asian handicaps are hard to understand at first.
  • Fixed odds provide better odds for underdogs compared to Asian handicaps.