For you to better understand the notion of Asian Total, you should read the article about Betting Totals first. There were considered general ideas along with specific examples for those who’s about to bet.
Asian Total consists of two total bets divisible by 0.5. All bets like TO 2.75, TO 2.25, TU 2.75, TU 2.25 are Asian totals. As you have noticed, it is marked as a usual total. The difference is in meaning. Thus, Asian total bet TO 2.75 represents to stakes - TO 2.5 and TO 3 (2.5 and 3 divisible by 0.5). In fact, TO 2.25 equals TO 2 and TO 2.5. The same with TU stakes. In that case, you certainly would ask about the way the stakes are assessed: they are equally divided into two.
Let’s view some examples of this kind of bets: winning, losing ones and those that might be returned. These bets are the most widespread in football. Here we may see Athletic Bilbao B vs Real Zaragoza
(Spain Liga Adelante) in two different bookies. The first one is Sbobet sportsbook:
Asian total is marked red.
188bet sportsbook presents it a bit differently:
Similarly to the previous example, bet on Asian total over 2/2.5 (blue marker) will be equal to TO 2.25, and Under 1.5/2 - TU 1.75 (violet marker).
And now, let’s calculate the stake (188Bet): Over 2/2.5 (blue marker).
Let us suppose that Athletic Bilbao B vs Real Zaragoza ended 2:1. Score total are 2+1=3. Divide Asian total into parts: TO 2 and TO 2.5. Your bet will play through (3>2 and 3>2.5).
In case the score is 2:0 or 1:1, the bookie returns your half bet on Over 2/2.5. Score total is 2. Consequently, a part of TO 2.5 will lose as 2<2.5. The other part of TO 2 will be calculated with 1 (as 2=2). Thus, you place $10 on Over 2/2.5 and bookie gives you back $5.
And the last variant. Teams score less than 2 scores. Bet on TO 2/2.5 will lose.
We can make a conclusion that depending on the outcome you may win, lose or your stake may be half returned. It is very similar to bets on totals though it has its peculiarities.