The AFF Cup Knockout Stage On Track to Reach Completion on December 19 2020

Asian sports bettors nowadays are focused on betting on the outcomes of the AFF semi-final competitions, as the knockout stage resumed last September 26,2020. Now that the knockout competition has resumed, ten of the 16 Southeast Asian National football teams will emerge as qualifiers at the end of the home and away matches on December 19, 2020.

Due to the continuing spread of the pandemic, the ASEAn Football Federation (AFF) suspended the biennial AFF Cup which should have kicked off earlier this year. The qualified national teams will then enter the AFF Cup final matches scheduled to take place in 2021, from April 11 to May 08, 2021. The AFF intends to continue the championship matches in the original format where games will be played on a home and away basis in Southeast Asian countries with qualifying teams.

The venues though still depend on the current level of risks present in each participating ASEAN nation.

Moreover, the AFF Cup will continue as the AFF Suzuki Cup 2020 in accordance with the sponsorship agreement entered with Suzuki, a world-leader in consumer appliance manufacturing. The said sponsorship is the first for the AFF Football Championship brand, in which the Vietnam National Football team will be playing as the defending champion.

Malaysia Latest Qualifier for the AFF Suzuki Championship Cup

In the knockout game heald last Wednesday (Nov. 25, 2020) Malaysia was able to beat Thailand, thereby reaching its away goal in the second leg after the agonising semifinal match that was hosted in Bangkok. Malaysia, which suffered defeat from Vietnam in the 2018 finals, will of course seek to regain its championship reputation as first title holder of the 2020 AFF Suzuki Championship Cup.

Still, Malaysia has yet to meet with either Vietnam or the Philippines for the 2-legged final set to take place on Dec. 11 and 15, 2020. Vietnamese national football currently holds a formidable 2-1 lead coming from the the first leg of the final round.

The Long Break Until the Championship Matches Will See Asian Punters Looking to Play at Online Casino Sites

As there will be a long break between the last knockout game on December 19, 2020 and the first AFF Suzuki Champion Cup meet on April 11, 2021, avid Asian punters are looking to play at online casino websites for a change.
After all, a change has also transpired with the way some Asian online casinos are offering slot games.

In Thailand, online gaming website JKTH is currently offering cashback promo for member customers playing with slotxo or online slot games. The website’s cashback offer is designed to help many online casino customers minimise money lost on online gambling. Bonafide but unlucky JKTH slotxo players are guaranteed to receive at least 10% of the total money deposited during the day as cashback bonus, up to a maximum of 1,000 baht.

JKTH’s slot games can be accessed privately by registered members by way of a downloadable mobile app, for which a password is provided as a means to activate the mobile app.

The Popularity of Sports Betting in Asia

When it comes to sports betting, Asians are known to spend widely; staking wagers on nearly every sport to which bookmakers offer betting propositions. In fact the point spread betting market originated in Asia, specifically in Indonesia . In most sportsbooks, wagering on the point spread is termed as Asian handicap.

What is Asian Handicap or Point Spread Betting?

Asian handicap betting is largely offered on football and basketball matches. The betting proposition here aims to equal the chances of winning on matches, in which a supposedly weaker team is pitted against a stronger team. That way, sports punters will be encouraged to stake their money on the underdog team.

In handicap betting, the stronger or favorite team gets handicapped, which denotes a punter cannot just win because the favorite team scored more goals than the underdog. A certain number of points will be added or deducted to the score of the favorite team, before wagers on the team can be considered as winning bets.

Examples of Asian Handicap or Point Spread Offers

Some bookmakers offer point spread betting by handicapping the favorite team via points deduction made on their final score. The point deduction will then be added as a headstart score of the underdog team, The system evens out chances of winning wagers on both teams.

Let us say, a bookmaker expresses this betting proposition by, a minus (-) 2 points on a team that is generally expected to score 2 points higher than its current opponent. On the other hand, the weaker team automatically gets a plus (+) 2 points on its final score. Supposing the game ends with the favorite as the winner with a final score of 2, while the weaker has 0, those who wagered on the favorite cannot be considered as winners just yet.

As far as the betting score is concerned, the final score of the favorite team is 0 because of the 2-point spread deduction (Final Score 2 – Point Spread 2 = 0) The weaker team on the other hand scored 2, because despite the 0 final score, it had a headstart score of 2. This is only as far as settling wagers are concerned, which makes it possible to win from wagers staked on the underdog, albeit depending on the proposition.

Although a number of major EU-licensed bookmakers also operate Asia-facing sportsbooks, not a few punters prefer those originating from the Asia-licensed sector. Mainly because, Asian sportsbooks have lower margins, or that amount being charged as commission by bookmakers.

The pussy888 mobile gambling platform one, ordinarily offers up to 4,000 betting markets across a wide range of sports franchises and events; from football, to basketball, tennis, baseball, formula one racing and many more. Low margins therefore allow Aisan punters to place more bets either on a single sport or across a wide selection of sports products.

After all, offering cheaper or lower prices is a typical Asian business model because the goal is to sell massively.