What Does +1 Handicap Mean?


Handicap betting has emerged to be a popular type of betting on online sportsbooks, and is available on various sports like tennis, golf, football, and cricket. In the handicap betting section, you might have come across the term `+1 handicap´. What does +1 handicap mean?

It is not as intimidating as it looks.

What does +1 handicap mean?

+1 handicap is a `positive handicap´ usually given to an `underdog´ team. It is a head start in terms of points or goals, that a weaker team receives.

For example, in a football match between Manchester United and Newcastle, the former is an overwhelming favorite to win the game, and the odds offered are pretty short. In order to make the field more level, the Newcastle team will be typically awarded a +1 handicap, meaning the game effectively starts at a score of 1-0 in favor of Newcastle. If you have placed a winning bet on Manchester United, they will have to score at least 2 goals more than Newcastle for you to win.

Advantages of handicap betting

Handicap betting is a great way of increasing your returns in matches when the is an overwhelming favorite to win the game. However, you need to back your bets by proper research, as it may so happen that the team you backed, wins, but you may still lose the bet if the handicap conditions are not fulfilled.

Also, handicap betting is mostly used in games where the sides are greatly imbalanced. In evenly matched contests, the chances of getting a handicap bet right are slim.

Best sites for handicap betting in India

Many online bookmakers allow Indians to place handicap bets. Some of the most popular ones include

  • Bet365
  • Parimatch
  • Unibet
  • Betway
  • 22bet

What does +1 handicap mean? There are many different ways of handicap betting too, including level handicap, single handicap, and Asian handicap. Check it out for yourself!


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