What's a handicap bet? The handicap is a positive or negative value applied to a team or participant at the end of a specified period. Bets of this type predict which team or participant will win the market once the handicap has been applied. For example: Event Handicap selection Actual result Result after handicap applied Burnley vs Wolves Burnley -2 Burnley 4-1 Wolves Burnley 2-1 Wolves(Bet on Burnley to win wins) Chelsea vs Liverpool Liverpool +1 Chelsea 2-0 Liverpool Chelsea 2-1 Liverpool(Bet on Liverpool to win loses) Handicap markets There are two types of handicap markets — two-way handicaps and three-way handicaps. The main difference is the three-way handicap market gives the option to predict whether an event will end in a draw once the handicap has been applied. A bet placed on a two-way handicap market can be settled as a push if the game ends as a draw once a handicap has been applied. For more information, see our general rules here. If you need any further assistance, please see our contact details here. Related articles Contact us What's an Asian handicap bet? How does a push work in handicap betting? What's each-way betting? What's a spread bet?