Last Man Standing
The Last Man Standing is a football betting type that has been sweeping the nation. It’s brought to you by Paddy Power, one of the world’s largest bookmakers, and the concept is simple; just choose one team from a selection of matches which you think will win each week. If your team wins then you progress to the next round, if your team loses or draws then you are eliminated. The prize pool is up to £10,000 and with new game week’s starting each week, the potential is massive. Let’s look in a little more detail to see how it works exactly.
How the last man standing works
Each week Paddy Power will chose a selection of games from which you have to pick one team to win. If they win, you go through; if they lose or draws then you go out. You will be granted one Draw Card which will mean you can have that game be a win or a draw for you to progress.
You can’t pick the same team more than once for each game week. This applies until the competition runs past 20 game weeks where it will reset. A new tournament will start each week with a new prize pool for that competition with each one generally lasts around 15 weeks or so. If you forget to pick a team then Paddy Power will automatically assign you to the team first alphabetically which you have not previously chosen.
The competition is £1 to enter for existing Paddy Power users each game week. But you need to have placed a wager or have had an active account within 24 hours prior to you selecting your last man standing pick. If you don’t have a Paddy Power account then you can register a new account here.
It’s worth noting that Paddy Power allows you to enter the second game week for free if you enter week 1 and get knocked out straight away. See it as a good will gesture.
Strategies for playing the last man standing
Many people might be out there thinking how can there be a strategy involved with Last Man Standing, and to a point you might be right. But there are definitely things to consider before selecting your picks.
The main one to look at is using up some of the big teams (or bankers as we like to call them) early doors. It’s all well and good getting off to a good start with some solid picks, but remember that the majority of other players will have likely picked the bigger clubs as well, meaning a large player pool will progress. Try and look at as many results as possible where the favourite might not necessarily win and an upset could happen. It also means that you can save these bigger clubs until the business end of the competition where other players might be forced to take a real outsider instead.
Other things to consider are injuries, suspensions, home form, away form, in fact anything you think could influence the result. If you can pick out that long shot winner then chances are you will have a great chance of progressing.