We all encounter total in our everyday lives. But in betting, total has its unique place because it is associated with scores in games such as soccer, basketball, tennis and many other sports that results are rated by goals.
When a punter bets on total, the outcome of the game for each team doesn’t matter, what counts is the total score recorded in the game. This would determine whether they win or lose the bet. The focus of Asian total is the estimation of the overall scores recorded in the
In betting on totals, the punter bets that the total would be higher or lower than a certain value. Bookmakers use integers or fractions to represent totals such as TU and TO which indicate total under and total over respectively. You may also find bookmakers using just U and O to represent total under and total over.
If you use football as an example, the total is the number of goals scored by the two teams that played. When bookmakers set a total of 2.5, the bettors can only win if they bet on TO, In essence, they’re saying that there would be more than 2.5 goals scored in the match. As we are aware, there are no half goals in football. This means that the bet wins if there are at least 3 total goals scored. A 1-2 scoreline, 3-0 scoreline, 2-3 scoreline and the like all have at least three goals. This qualifies the bet for a win.
For a 2.5 total under TU stake, the bettor is staking that the scores would be less than 2.5. As usual, half goals are not possible so this bet wins if the number of goals scored are not more than 2 in the game.
There are totals that bookmakers do not list as fractions such as we saw in the examples above. If the value of the total corresponds to the total scores of the match, the bets are refunded.
This means that if the game between Barcelona and Atletico Madrid has a total of 3 and the game ends with a final score of 2-1, all the bets are returned. There are integer totals that are applicable to players. Consider how it could be betting that a particular player would score in a particular match, then go further by betting on the maximum or minimum number of goals that the player would score.
Integer total can also be team focused, as seen with bookmakers making provision for bets on teams specifically on the number of goals they would score in the match. These sorts of bets are set with totals of bookmaker lines as ITU or ITO. This represents individual total under or individual total over respectively.
If I bet on ITU (1.5) on a player or team, I’m betting on them scoring just one goal or less in the match. This means that if they scored no goal or one, the bet wins, but if they scored more than a goal, the bet loses.
Asian totals are unique in that they contain fraction of fraction. This is why they are also called quarter totals. They can be distinguished from other totals by the fact that they usually have values that are two decimal places such as 0.25, 0.75. They have similarity to Asia handicap with the stake divided into two parts to the nearest total.
When you have an Asian total bet of TO 2.75, it actually represents a TO 2.5 and TO 3.0. The two totals divided by two gave the value 2.75. Total under is calculated the same way.
The peculiarity of Asian total is that you would either lose, win or have half of the bet returned. An Asian total of TO 2/2.5 would be equivalent to TO 2.25. TU 1.5/2 is equivalent to TU 1.75.
Asian total is like any other, however, it is instructive to pay close attention while using this form of betting. It is a good idea to study the bookmaker’s practice with this bet.