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Asian total and how to deal with it

The bookmaker's outcome options are striking with an enviable variety. Totals feature prominently and are deservedly in demand among bettors. This article would focus on a type of total called Asian.

What does Asian total mean?

A beginner, seeing combinations like Total over 1.25 or Total under 1.75, would hardly understand their meaning. This is how the Asian total is indicated in the listings for the match, particularly in football.

Why does Asian total look like this and how does it work?

The Asian total is the arithmetic mean between adjacent totals. Asian total is applicable to many match situations (goals, corners, yellow cards, etc.). For example, let's take Total over 2.25 and Total under 2.75.

ТO 2.25 = (ТO 2.0 + ТO 2.5) / 2; ТU 2.75 = (ТU 2.5 + ТU 3.0) / 2

By simple calculations, we get the Total over 2.25 from the Total over 2.0 and 2.5, and the Total under 2.75 from the Total under 2.5 and 3.0

Another name for the Asian total is quarter, since its value is always the fourth part of an integer.

We would illustrate the calculation of the Asian total bet using examples of football matches:

Let's say a player places $100 on TO 4.75 with @1.50. The stake is automatically halved for $50 each. Therefore, one half would be on TO 4.5 with @1.50 and the second on TO 5 with the same odds.

Next, let's look at the results of some matches to find out in which case our bet loses or wins:

  • Champions League qualification. Molde vs Ferencvaros - 3:3. Six goals are scored: win on the first (6>4.5) and second (6>5) bet. In this case, we get: 50 * 1.50 + 50 * 1.50 = $150;
  • RPL championship. CSKA vs Zenit - 2:3. Five goals are scored: win on the first bet (5>4.5) and return on the second bet (5=5). As a result: 50 * 1.50 + 0 = $75;
  • Bundesliga Championship. Bayern vs Stuttgart - 4:0. Four goals scored: loss on both bets ((4<4.5) and (4<5)).

What is the difference between Total and Asian total

Most often, regular and Asian totals are located next to each other in the listings for the match. The line of Sbobet sportsbook:

Asian Total

188bet sportsbook offers it a bit differently:

Asian Total example

There is a reasonable question: what is the difference between the ordinary total and the Asian one. First, these totals differ visually. Regular total is indicated by an integer or half number. For example, Total over 3 or Total under 2.5.

In Asian or quarter total, there are two digits after the decimal point. For example, Total over 1.25 or Total over 2.25.

Secondly, these totals differ in the calculation method. Regular total assumes winning or losing the bet. For instance, Total over 2.5 in the La Liga match Real Sociedad vs Barcelona with the score 1:6 brought profit because 7>2/5. In the match of the same championship Atletico Madrid vs Alaves with a final score of 1:0, the prediction for Total over 2.5 did not succeed as 1<2.5. 

There is also an integer total that can bring a bet refund. For example, if we take the aforementioned La Liga matches, the result for a bet Total over 2.0 would be as follows:

Roma vs Napoli (0:2) - return;

Real Sociedad vs Barcelona - win;

Atletico Madrid vs Alaves - loss.

As you can see, there is quite a noticeable difference between the regular and Asian total.

Asian Individual Total

The listings of bookmakers offer not only Asian total, but also individual Asian. In football, hockey, basketball, and some other sports, you can bet on the Asian individual total of a particular team.

For example, in the FA Cup match Manchester City vs Tottenham, the Asian individual total over 0.75 of Manchester City is estimated at @1.16. If you place a bet on $100, you win on both bets when Manchester scored two goals. It would be $100*1.16 = $116 since 2>0.5 and 2>1.

One goal of ManCity would bring a win of $58 on the first bet and a return on the second (1>0.5 and 1=1). If Manchester City fail to score, IT1 O (0.75) is a losing bet (0<0.5 and 0<1).

How Asian total is calculated in multiple bets

As an example, let's take a multiple bet of two events with a $100 stake: W1 in the Manchester City vs Tottenham match with @1.55 and Asian total under 2.25 in the France vs Ukraine match with @1.65.

The $100 bet is halved. We get $50 for W1 and TU 2, as well as $50 for W1 and TU 2.5. Next, consider the possible results:

  1. Three or more goals in the match France vs Ukraine: 3>2 and 3>2.5 - the bet on the Asian total did not succeed, as well as the multiple bet.
  2. Two goals in the match France vs Ukraine: 2 <2.5 and 2=2 - the first bet wins 50*1.55*1.65 = 127.87, the second bet is returned.
  3. One goal or their absence in the match France vs Ukraine: 1<2 and 1<2.5 - both bets win 50*1.55*1.65 + 50*1.55*1.65 = 255.75.

This example with the Asian total clearly shows how it is calculated in multiple bets.

Advantages and disadvantages

Asian total cons:

  • relatively low odds compared to half total;
  • complicated for perception by new players.

Asian total pros:

  • reducing risks through additional coverage of the second bet;
  • the possibility to get a refund of half of the amount at a certain outcome of the match.

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