Where to bet on handball in the USA: Link
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Team handball is a fun sport to bet on, with a variety of options for punters. In many ways, betting is a cross between football and basketball. The football element is the traditional European betting in 3 ways with the option of winning either a team or a match in a draw. The basketball element is “handicap” or point betting. In addition, there are usually several prop bets available from the typical over / under variant on goals scored by both teams and individual players.
On the surface, betting on team handball looks basically the same as betting on basketball or American football. However, appearances can be a bit misleading. Here are some ways in which handball betting is just a little different from American sports betting.
Handicap betting or point range (pay attention to -1.5 point range)
On most betting sites, point ranges for matches are referred to as “handicap” betting. Although this is the most common type of betting in the US, it is less of a priority for European bettors. I think it’s probably due to the predominance of football and the tendency to often just copy what is being done for football. And as everyone knows, football is a low score game and the point range just doesn’t make much sense. This is not the case in handball and the point range can be a more interesting bet between two teams that are separated in terms of talent. However, handicap handball betting differs significantly from typical point betting in several respects.
Handball handicap usually involves a “half point” (ie there is no “push”). While in the US it is common for the point range to be an integer (eg -3.0), handball bookmakers almost always adjust their handicaps to either (-2.5) or (-3.5). In fact, there is never a chance to “push” your money back when you place a handball handicap bet. You either win or you lose.
Juice or House Advantage is slightly higher. Most US spread spread bets are (-110). Unfortunately for handball (-115) it is more typical. It may seem like a small difference, but over time it adds up.
The return for each side of the bet is often different. Most US point spreads have either the same or similar returns on both sides of the bet, but this happens less often with handball bets. Lines where one side is +100 and the other side is -130 are quite common. This is partly due to the fact that there are no integer point ranges, and when the line shifts by a whole point, sometimes a bigger difference is needed to motivate bettors.
Rarely are half or (-0.5) handicaps and sometimes it can actually skew the odds to (-1.5) handicaps.. Most betting sites do not publish (+0.5) or (-0.5) handball handicap lines. It is not entirely clear why this is the case, but I think it is because these bets are basically money line bets that are already available. Because 0.5 handicaps are not provided, the handicap is generally listed as 1.5 handicaps. And because the spread should actually be either (+, 5) or (0,0), (+1,5) the handicap that is given is really out and requires very skewed rates. Here is a real match that shows this somewhat confusing situation.
This match between Norway and France is perceived as an almost equal competition or Norway is the favorite of 0.5 goals, but because these points range is not provided by the betting site, it leads to skewed returns at a range of 1.5 points. So if you are looking for a 50-50 offer, you should give up the handicap bet and simply bet the cash line on the preferred side. However, it should be noted that not all 1.5 lines are skewed, because sometimes the 50-50 line is actually considered -1.5 goals for the favorite team, and if so, the return to both sides should look more even. Bottom line: Don’t just assume that the point range line is a 50-50 result. This is not always the case with handball, especially when the line is -1.5.
Do you still want to place a bet on the spread of 0.5 points? In general, this is possible with either a “To Win” bet or a “Double Chance” bet, where you can bet on your team’s win or that the match will end in a draw. In the above case, if you wanted Norway (-0.5), you can simply bet that Norway will win. If you wanted Norway (+0.5), you would bet Norway on a win and a draw. In this example, the rate was 0.5:
Norway +0.5 is -162 and France -0.5 is +120
Norway -0.5 is +100 and France +0.5 is -133
European betting 3 ways (1X2) or “damn tie”
For a European, the following explanation is probably useless, but for many Americans, this guide could save you some serious heart pain. For sports like basketball or American football, one team wins and the other loses, and if you make a friendly bet with a friend on the outcome of the match, it’s the same: you or your friend win the bet. And even in the old days, when American football had indecisive matches, such a bet was declared a push, and neither side won or lost the bet. “Oh, well,” one might say, “It would be nice to win, but at least I didn’t lose anything.”
However, this result is not possible with regard to football and handball bets placed with your online sports betting. No way. When it comes to betting on these sports, if the match ends in a draw, a “draw” bet is the only bet that wins. Which can lead to an irritated feeling at the end of the match and you bet on your team that it will win. and the match is in the final minutes. Because you may need your team to win, but your team may be more than happy to take the draw and the 1 point involved. This is frustrating, especially if you have chosen a big unlucky player to win, but you just miss that big payday with a draw in the last seconds.
That’s just the way it is with football and handball bets. And while it may seem like shit, the reality is that if you calculate it or let a website do it for you (see below), bookmakers in most cases won’t ruin you when it comes to the benefit of the house. . It’s just another way of betting. Instead of taking into account the “juice” or the advantage of the house through a lower winning yield (American method), the juice is in the draw.
But I understand how this may not seem fair to American gamblers. It’s not always available, but some books offer a “draw (no bet)” option. And there you will see that the return is not as good as the offer of 3 wins … At that moment you can bet on a higher payout, just don’t whine when the match ends like a draw.
Important note about overtime elimination matches: Most bookmakers have their betting options set at the end of normal playing time. And that means anything that happens in overtime and / or penalty shootouts will not matter on your bet. In general, however, there are betting options that specifically include overtime. Check what you bet on.
Live betting is generally available for most high profile matches and works almost as well as other sports. If a team scores, its chances of winning will improve slightly and the chances will be adjusted accordingly for both teams. Other handball-specific events that change the odds include 2-minute penalties and penalty shootings (assuming a goal is likely to come). And the biggest chance change, an event that changes the dynamics? According to the bookmakers, this is a 2-minute penalty in connection with a penalty shot. In general, this is a double shift in opportunities in favor of the team that benefits from this result. Of course, if you’ve played or watched handball before, you already knew that, but seeing real-time math that confirms what you suspected is quite interesting.
In fact, I would urge all handball fans, even those who have no interest in betting, to consider watching one or two matches with the second screen with live betting odds adjustments. It can be quite fascinating to watch the ups and downs. However, be warned in advance that you will be fed mini spoilers throughout the match, as the betting application is almost always a second or two before the alleged live video you are watching. Which makes sense … I wouldn’t want to have a betting app that was a second or two behind!
Practical website with betting information
Course portal (handball): Link
This site provides odds for most major handball matches, both consensus odds and specific websites.
To get the handicap lines, click on the appropriate math and then click on AH for the Asian handicap. (Ignore lines 0.75 or 0.25 if specified)
Sofascore (handball): Link
Do you want to know what the odds were for a match already played? This page has covered you. Simply scroll down to the links on the left for different leagues and competitions. You can also click on previous years.
Sofascore is also a great site for finding historical statistics and team trends
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