What is Last Man Standing?

The Last Man Standing football tournament will be into its seventh season when the Premier League gets under way for the 2014/15 campaign in August but how does the competition work and who is behind it?

Well the competition is run by Paddy Power online through their website and the concept is pretty simple. You simply choose one team from a selection of fixtures 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 can reach £10,000 and with a new game week starting each week there is always a new jackpot to try and win. If you get knocked out early you can always start again on a new game the following week.



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How Last Man Standing works

Each week Paddy Power takes a selection of the Premier League fixtures for that week and includes them as the competition entry. From that selection you have to pick one team to win. If they win, you go through but if they lose or draw then you go out.

You are however granted one Draw Card in the tournament which means you can have that game for a win OR a draw to progress to the next round but remember you only get that option once. It’s probably best to keep that card up your sleeve until the latter stages.

You cannot pick the same team more than once for each game week. This applies until the competition runs past 20 game weeks where it is reset.

A new tournament will start each week with a new prize pool for that competition with each tournament generally lasting around 14/15 weeks.

If you forget to pick a team or just breeze off on your holidays then Paddy Power will automatically assign you to the first team alphabetically which you have not previously chosen. How much faith do you have in the Arsenal or the Villa if that was to happen?

It’s just £1 to enter the competition for existing Paddy Power users each game week. However, 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 simply open one to get entered and started on Last Man Standing.

Generally Paddy Power tend to offer new players a “free entry special” so if you are knocked out in week one they will give you a free go the following week.

Tips To Stay Standing

  • It’s probably a really good idea to use your “free entry special” on one of the weaker sides in the Premier League early in the tournament. After all you’re likely to have to pick them at some point and it’s probably more prudent to do it at the beginning rather than the crucial business end of proceedings.
  • Most people tend to play safe in the opening weeks and side with the “big” teams. However this often means that a high percentage of players make it through to the next round. Why not take a risk and go for one of the upsets of the round? It may take you through to the next stage with only a handful of others.
  • Before you enter a tournament you should look at the fixtures ahead and work out a mini-game plan. Certain Premier League teams may not be packed out with star players but they might have a particular edge you could use like a great home record for example.
  • Keep an eye out for injuries. You are looking towards a 10-15 week game plan to become that “last man standing” so you need to be aware when a squad is weakened or when it is strengthened.
  • Consider anything you think will influence a result. A stomach bug, a strain, a change of boots, a dodgy kebab. These can all be factors in selecting an upset result. Essentially the more upsets you can predict the bigger the edge you will have over the other competitors.


If you’d like to see a general overview of the rules for this tournament then take a look at the dedicated Paddy Power/Last Man Standing website:

The best of luck and I for one would love to hear that you were the last man/woman standing!

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