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Football Bets / Types of Bets

I. Bets on the Outcome of a Match

II. Score Bets

III. Over / Under Bets

IV. (European) Handicap Bets

V. Asian Handicap Bets

a) Asian Handicap 0.5

b) Asian Handicap 1

c) Asian Handicap 0

d) Split Handicaps

VI. Live Bets

VII. Combination Bets

VIII. System Bets 


I. Bets on the Outcome of a Match

These types of bets, also known as 3-way bets or 1X2-bets, are the most common. Here you bet on whether a team wins, loses or reaches a draw. You therefore don't have to bet on a specific result but simply on the outcome of a match.



Bremen plays against Hamburg. You bet on a win by Bremen. Bremen wins the match, so you win the bet.

If the game ends in a draw or Hamburg wins, you will lose the bet. Bets on the outcome of a match are particularly popular due to the relatively smaller risk involved. Mathematically, your chance of winning amounts to 33.3%. Your chance of winning is a lot higher than with other betting options, such as score betting, where you have to predict a specific result.


II. Score Bets

For score bets, also called match result bets, you bet on a specific result of a match. Only if you have predicted a particular outcome will you win the bet. 



Schalke plays against Frankfurt. You bet on a 1:0 score for Schalke. If the match actually results in a 1:0 for Schalke, you win the bet. If the result is any different, you will lose.

Apart from correctly estimating the performance level of team, you generally need a lot of luck to win this kind of bet, so the bookmakers' odds for these bets are accordingly high.


III. Over / Under Bets

For Over / Under Bets, you bet on whether in a certain game (or just in one half) more or less than a particular number of goals will be scored. This kind of bet belongs to the group of 2-way bets, since only two outcomes are possible. Here your chance of winning is, therefore, especially high.



Leverkusen plays against Köln. Your bookmaker offers bets on whether more than 2.5 goals (so at least 3) or less than 2.5 (so 2 or less) will be scored during the match. If you bet that more than 2.5 goals will be scored and the game results in a 3:0, you win the bet. But if Leverkusen and Köln only score 1:1, you will lose.

Many bookmakers offer Over / Under Bets not only for the number of goals, but also for the number of corners, free kicks, subs, yellow cards and many other instances that commonly occur during a match.


IV. European Handicap Bets

In the case of Handicap Bets, also known as Line Betting, the bookmaker grants the obviously weaker team a fictional margin that will be added to the final result of the match. Like this, the team favoured to win starts the match with a fictional disadvantage or handicap. You then need to choose whether to bet on a win by one of the teams or on a draw. 



Bayern plays against Arminia Bielefeld in the first round of the DFB Cup. Bayern is the clear frontrunner, so the bookmaker has given them a handicap of 0:2 and, by doing so, has given an advantage to Bielefeld, the underdog. If you bet on a Win by Bayern, they have to win with at least a 3-goal margin for you to win the bet. Let’s break it down a bit more below:

Fictional initial situation: Bayern – Bielefeld 0:2
Actual final result: Bayern – Bielefeld 3:0
Added result: Bayern – Bielefeld 3:2

If Bayern wins only by 1:0, you will lose the bet:

Fictional initial situation: Bayern – Bielefeld 0:2
Actual final result: Bayern – Bielefeld 1:0
Summed up result: Bayern – Bielefeld 1:2

Handicap Bets are especially handy if you actually want to bet on the clear frontrunner, but the odds are simply too low because they are the favoured team to win. Then, bookmakers issue more attractive odds for Handicap Bets that naturally also bear a higher risk, since the favoured team winning no longer has a high probability. With a little bit of courage, expertise and luck, this is a good way for you to win bets.


V. Asian Handicap Bets

Asian Handicap Bets are similar to European Handicap Bets. Here, the underdog is also granted a fictional margin, or rather, the frontrunner is awarded minus-goals to bring both teams to the same level. However, contrary to European Handicap Bets, half, quarter and three-quarter goals can also be awarded apart from whole goals. The following forms of the Asian Handicap are the most common:


a) Asian Handicap 0.5

The underdog of a match is awarded a fictitious head start of +0.5 goals (or the favoured team gets a fictitious disadvantage of -0.5 goals).


Dortmund faces Leverkusen. The bookmakers slightly favour Dortmund and thus, grant Leverkusen a fictional margin of +0.5. If you bet on a win by Dortmund, they will have to win. Nevertheless, a 1:0 margin would already be enough. Let’s take a closer look below:

Fictional initial situation: Dortmund – Leverkusen 0:0.5
Actual final outcome: Dortmund – Leverkusen 1:0
Final result: Dortmund – Leverkusen 1:0.5

If the match ends in a draw, you will lose the bet. If Leverkusen wins, you will lose as well.


b) Asian Handicap 1

The Asian Handicap 1 works like the Handicap 0.5. The only difference is that the underdog of a match is granted a fictional margin of +1 goal. For the sake of clarity, we’ll stick to the example of Dortmund against Leverkusen.



Dortmund faces Leverkusen. The bookmakers favour Dortmund, so they award Leverkusen a fictional margin of +1. If you bet on Dortmund, they will have to win by a goal difference of at least 2 goals for you to win the bet.

Fictional initial situation – Leverkusen 0:1
Actual final outcome: Dortmund – Leverkusen 2:0
Final result: Dortmund – Leverkusen 2:1

Should Dortmund win the match with 1:0, the final result would be 1:1. Contrary to the European Handicap Bet, you have now neither lost nor won. You get your stake back. If Leverkusen wins the game, you will lose the bet.

c) Asian Handicap 0

The Asian Handicap 0 doesn’t grant either team a margin. If you bet on the win of a team and then that team actually wins, you will win. If your team draws, contrary to the European Handicap bet, you don’t lose the bet but get your stake back.


Dortmund plays against Leverkusen. The bookmakers expect a level match and therefore, they don't grant either team a fictional advantage. For this reason, the match has the abbreviation AHC 0. If you bet on a win by Dortmund and they win, you will win the bet. If Dortmund draws, you will get your stake back, even though you put money on a win.

d) Split Handicaps

1) 0 and 0.5 (0.25)

For a split handicap, you place two bets on a match. One half of your wager is on AHC 0 and the other one is placed on AHC 0.5. This is what is known as a Quarter-Handicap. In practice, it works as follows: if you bet 40 Euros on AHC 0.25 at a bookmaker, they automatically put 20 Euros on AHC 0 and 20 Euros on AHC 0.5.


Frontrunner Bayern faces off against Hoffenheim. You bet 40 Euros with an AHC of -0.25 on Bayern winning. The odds for a win by Munich amount to 2.5. Consequently, you put 20 Euros on AHC 0 in the first option (so Bayern is without a handicap) and 20 Euros on AHC 0.5 for the second option (so Hoffenheim is granted a margin of 0.5 goals). Therefore, Bayern is assigned a Quarter-Handicap.

If Bayern wins the match by 1:0 (or higher), you will win both bets (because Bayern leads in both final results). You receive 100 Euros (2.5 x 20 Euros + 2.5 x 20 Euros = 100 Euros).

In case of a draw, you get back your wager of 20 Euros for AHC 0 (because the final result is also a draw). Your bet for AHC 0.5 has been lost (because Hoffenheim leads in the final result), and you lose 20 Euros.

If Hoffenheim wins the match, both bets are lost, and you lose your placed 40 Euros.

2) 0.5 and 1 (0.75)

This version of the split Asian Handicap works just like the 0 and 0.5 versions; the only difference being that one team is awarded a (higher) margin for both bets.

These versions of the AHC may be randomly extended by the bookmakers. So Asian Handicap bets with an AHC of 2.25 or 2.75 and so on are just as well possible. The rules remain the same - only the figure of fictional goals changes. 

N.B.: The shortcuts European Handicaps (HC) and the Asian Handicap (AHC) are not always differentiated. How can you identify which type of bet is being offered?

As a general rule, European Handicaps are written without a decimal place (e.g. HC +2), while Asian Handicaps are always written with said decimal place (e.g. HC +2.0).


VI. Live bets

Live bets, also called In-Play bets, are bets that are placed during a match that has already begun. You can bet on the next goal, the next corner or the next yellow card (among others) during the game. Consequently, you have to follow each and every development of the match in real-time so you can quickly react to changes within the course of the game and thus, the odds. This also allows you to "read" the game intuitively and this way, place your bets strategically.

If a goal has been scored (or a corner achieved or a yellow card given), the betting process is interrupted and all bets are deleted. After the game starts again, new bets may be placed.


VII. Combination bets

For a Combi-Bet (short for ‘combination bet’) you place bets on multiple matches instead of just one. In order to win, all selections have to be successful. If one of them loses, you will then lose the whole bet. Usually, there is a minimum or maximum number of selections that may be placed on one betting slip; this amount varies depending on the bookmaker.

The odds of each match are multiplied by each other so that your potential profit accumulates. If you, for example, bet on 3 games, your potential profit might be calculated as follows:

Your wager x odd bet 1 x odd bet 2 x odd bet 3 = gross profit



You bet on a win by Hamburg (odds: 2.0), a win by Cologne (odds: 1.9) and a win by Frankfurt (odd 2.5). In total, your wager amounts to 20 Euros. If all your bets are correct, your profit will then work out like this:

20 Euros x 2.0 x 1.9 x 2.5 = 190 Euros

If just one of your predictions is unsuccessful, you will be left empty-handed.

Combi-Bets offer the incentive of gaining a high profit from a small stake. If you place each selection on its own, the profit will be considerably smaller. But, at the same time, the risk is considerably higher, since just one unsuccessful selection will cause you to lose the entire bet.

To increase your chances of winning, find the starting value and place your bet afterwards. In case of a Combi-Bet, your value then multiplies additionally.


VIII. System Bets

System Bets are a derivative of combination bets, and enable you to play multiple Combi-Bets by submitting only one bet. The crucial difference is that not all your bets have to be correct to achieve a profit.

System Bets are also known as “System 2/3”, “System 2/4” or “System 4/7”. The bottom figure in these names describes the total amount of matches on which you bet. The top figure states how many of your bets have to be successful for you to gain a profit.

Since a System Bet can become quite complex due to the high amount of selections, we will explain the mechanics of such a bet using the below example:



You place a system bet of 2/3. Therefore, you have to bet on 3 matches. You bet on win Bayern, win Dortmund and win Leverkusen and place a 30 Euro wager. From this, a total of 3 double-combi-bets can be derived:
Bet 1: Win Bayern (odds 2.0) combined with win Dortmund (odds 1.5)
Bet 2: Win Bayern (odds 2.0) combined with win Leverkusen (odds 1.7)
Bet 3: Win Dortmund (odds 1.5) combined with win Leverkusen (odds 1.7)

Your bookmaker automatically divides your 30 Euro wager and places 10 Euros on every match. Let's assume Bayern and Leverkusen win and Dortmund loses. Your bets will then result as follows:

Bet 1: Lost (Dortmund didn't win)
Bet 2: Won (Bayern and Leverkusen won)
Bet 3: Lost (Dortmund didn't win)

As the name “System 2/3” already suggests, you have to correctly predict 2 out of 3 bets. With your bets on win Bayern and win Leverkusen, you fulfilled these requirements. So what profit do you get?

Wager 10 Euros x odds Bayern 2.0 x odds Leverkusen 1.7 = 34 Euros

You made 34 Euros from your 30 Euro wager.

These mechanics of the System Bet may be transferred to all other system bets.