Asian spreads/handicap betting is a form of betting on football in which teams are handicapped according to their form so that a stronger team must win by more goals for a punter betting on them to win. Most importantly, Asian handicap betting reduces the possible number of outcomes from three (in traditional 1X2 wagering) to two by eliminating the draw outcome. This simplification delivers two betting options that each have a near 50% chance of success.

What makes Asian handicaps most interesting is the use of quarter goals to get the "line" as close as possible. Quarter (¼) handicaps split the bet between the two closest ½ intervals. For instance, a $1000 bet with a handicap of +1¾ (+1.75) is the same as betting $500 at +1½ (+1.5) and $500 at +2.

In the event that a whole number is used for the handicap, the handicap adjusted final score could result in a draw. This situation is not a draw, but a push. With a push, all bettors have their original wagers returned as there is no winner.

The below table should in understanding the results in various circumstances.

Handicap

Team result

Bet result

Handicap

Team result

Bet result

0

Win

Win

0

Win

Win

Draw

Stake refund

Draw

Stake refund

Lose

Lose

Lose

Lose

- 0.25

Win

Win

+ 0.25

Win

Win

Draw

Half lose

Draw

Half win

Lose

Lose

Lose

Lose

- 0.50

Win

Win

+ 0.50

Win

Win

Draw

Lose

Draw

Win

Lose

Lose

Lose

Lose

- 0.75

Win by 2+

Win

+ 0.75

Win

Win

Win by 1

Half win

Draw

Win

Draw

Lose

Lose by 1

Half Lose

Lose

Lose

Lose by 2+

Lose

- 1.00

Win by 2+

Win

+ 1.00

Win

Win

Win by 1

Stake refund

Draw

Win

Draw

Lose

Lose by 1

Stake refund

Lose

Lose

Lose by 2+

Lose

- 1.25

Win by 2+

Win

+ 1.25

Win

Win

Win by 1

Half lose

Draw

Win

Draw

Lose

Lose by 1

Half win

Lose

Lose

Lose by 2+

Lose

- 1.50

Win by 2+

Win

+ 1.50

Win

Win

Win by 1

Lose

Draw

Win

Draw

Lose

Lose by 1

Win

Lose

Lose

Lose by 2+

Lose

- 1.75

Win by 3+

Win

+ 1.75

Win

Win

Win by 2

Half win

Draw

Win

Win by 1

Lose

Lose by 1

Win

Draw

Lose

Lose by 2

Half lose

Lose

Lose

Lose by 3+

Lose

- 2.00

Win by 3+

Win

+ 2.00

Win

Win

Win by 2

Stake refund

Draw

Win

Win by 1

Lose

Lose by 1

Win

Draw

Lose

Lose by 2

Stake refund

Lose

Lose

Lose by 3+

Lose