Handicap Betting Guide: All You Need to Know About Handicap Betting

A lot of people wonder what Handicap betting is.

And as football betting during the 21st century has been a source of fun and a profit-making endeavor.

However, to limit losses, a bettor needs to be aware and knowledgeable about various markets available so that one can make available gains.

The type of market staked on will depend on the sports you have knowledge about. Our discussion today will be on one of the popular market, handicap betting.

What is Handicap Betting?

Handicap betting also known as line betting, the spread, points betting, or Asian handicap, handicap betting is the process whereby a bookmaker makes a sporting event in which there are varied odds into an even-money contest, by giving a virtual advantage or disadvantage to certain competitors in order to even the field.

In points-based sports, an even money contest is typically created by simply adding points onto the side deemed to be the underdog.

For example, if Newcastle United were favourites’ to beat Manchester City, the bookmaker might give Manchester city a 1-0 handicap advantage.

If you then place a handicap bet on Newcastle to win, but they only win the game 1-0, you will lose your bet, due to the handicap that had been applied. Effectively, in the eyes of the bookmaker, Newcastle lost the game 2-1.

Always bear in mind that in handicap betting, the handicap only applies to the selection you are betting on.

Similar to the game mentioned, if you placed a handicap bet on Peru vs. Uruguay, and the bookmaker had set the handicap at 3-0, your bet on Peru would still pay out even if Uruguay won the game 2-0, as in the eyes of the bookmaker Peru would have been 3-2 winners.

How Does Handicap Betting Works?

Using the above example involving Newcastle United vs. Manchester City, the handicap match betting might be presented as follows:

Newcastle United (-2) evens

Handicap Tie (-1) 3/1

Manchester City (+2) 2/1

The match ended in a 1-0 victory for Newcastle, but if you bet on Newcastle to win you wouldn’t win the market. Newcastle would have needed to score as many goals as the handicap in order for your bet to pay out.

If you stake on the handicap draw, you would win your bet, as Leeds won by the exact margin specified in the handicap. When betting on a handicap tie, it is the margin of the win rather than the number of goals scored that is important.

If you bet on Manchester City to win, you would win, as they successfully won the game 2-1 in the eyes of the bookmaker.

If the competitors in the event you are placing a bet on are deemed by the

Bookmaker to be evenly matched, you might see the lexicon ‘scratches’ (sometimes presented as ‘scr’ by bookmakers) instead of a handicap betting market. This means that there are no handicaps applied to the game, and the actual winners will be viewed as the market winners by the bookmaker.

Using the above example involving Newcastle United vs. Manchester City, the handicap match betting might be presented as follows:

Newcastle United (-2) evens

Handicap Tie (-1) 3/1

Manchester City (+2) 2/1

The match ended in a 1-0 victory for Newcastle, but if you bet on Leeds to win you wouldn’t win the market. Newcastle would have needed to score as many goals as the handicap in order for your bet to pay out.

How Does 0.5 Handicap Work?

This type of handicap market works when you give a slightly inferior team one goal ahead of a perceived superior team. In this type of market, a goal is hoped to be enough to give one an edge and possible profit. A typical example of this market is when the North London derby is played at the Emirates stadium which is home to Arsenal FC. It is expected that this type of game will be cagey. Therefore, a punter might give Arsenal one goal ahead of spurs and stake hugely. The odds usually allocated to this market type is low, bettors are advised to stake high.

What Is Two Way Handicap Betting?

With the two way handicap betting, you have two avenues of winning, similar to “Winning bet”, “Moneyline”, “Puckline” or “Draw no bet”. If the match ends in a draw or if your chosen team wins, you either win your stake or your money is returned.

These types of market happen usually in sports that can never end in a stalemate (e.g. tennis, basketball, etc.) or in sports where, if stalemate occurs, the kind of stake is struck out and rendered invalid and the amount of stake placed as the real bet is usually returned to the punter.

What Does Handicapped Mean In American Football Betting?

American football is popularly known as the NFL is, without a doubt, the most popular sport worldwide for handicap betting. Throughout the NFL and College football seasons, millions of gamblers over the nation and undoubtedly the world, stake on American football handicaps. A typical example will be illustrated below:

So let’s say today the Chicago Bears are playing the Detroit Lions. The bookmakers have made the bears a 2.5 point favourite.

What does this simply imply?

What this means is that if you stake on the bears, they have to be victorious by 3 points or higher for you to win the stake. If you gamble on the lions, they should either win or lose by 2 points or less.

Let us illustrate it better in this manner:

Chicago bears -2.5 vs. Detroit Lions +2.5.

It might not look straightforward, but it’s actually not hard to. Understand. Let us say you stake on the bears, you subtract 2.5 points from the eventual score (-2.5) and if their score is still higher than the Bears’ final score, you win the stake.

However, on the other hand, if you stake on the lions, you add 2.5 points (+2.5) to their eventual score. After adding those points the Lions’ score is higher than the Bears, you are victorious with your stake.

What Does Handicap Three Ways Mean In Betting?

In a 3-Way Handicap betting, the rule is set so that there can also be an outcome that is a stalemate, giving the bettor 3 potential possible stakes. Handicap (-1) means you win if your team wins the match with a difference of two or more goals. Tie: The match is won if the team with (-1) Handicap wins the match with exactly one goal difference. Handicap (+1) means you win if your team draws or win the match. In this betting type; your probability to make a profit is high.

In a nutshell, handicap betting is a fertile land that needs to be properly researched and mined properly by punters and bettors in general; it is a bet type that should be considered and played mostly in a single type and not in multiples.

This is encouraged so as to take appropriate advantage of its features.

You have to be careful of odds assigned to this game type by bookmakers and not be greedy, I will advise you consider handicap of two goals above to perceived weak teams against relatively strong teams and just play it as a single game and put huge amount.

For example is Chelsea FC versus stoke should be played like this: give stoke away 3 goals. Let’s say a bookmaker gives 1.30 odds and put a thousand dollars to win 300 dollars.

Play it single and consider variables explained above. Gamble wisely and responsibly