Betting Terminology

Check our betting glossary to get explanations around the main betting terms in the industry.

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Half-ball handicap betting -

Also known as Asian Handicap or the Hang Cheng . This is used to balance two sides and remove the draw from the game.

Handicap -

This is a method of making a one-sided event become a more attractive for betting purposes. For example St Helens (-7) to beat Bradford Bulls would mean that St Helens would have to win by more than seven points for you to win your bet. Consequently the non-handicap price of Bradford Bulls would be more attractive. A handicap race in horse racing is a race in which horses carry different weights, allocated by the handicapper. A better horse will carry a heavier weight, to give him or her a disadvantage when racing against slower horses. The handicapper's goal in assigning handicap weights is to enable all the horses to finish together (in a dead heat).

Head to head -

This is where you need to select the team, or player, you believe will win the game or an event.

Hedging -

This is a bet made by a cautious Bookmaker on a horse on which he has accepted large bets. This would cut his losses if the horse wins (also known as a 'lay-off bet').

Heinz -

This is a multiple bet consisting of 57 bets (15 doubles, 20 trebles, fifteen 4-folds, six 5-folds and a 6-fold) involving 6 horses in different races.

Held up -

This is restraining a horse behind the other runners in the early stages of a race.