By Josh Powell | Sports writer
Thousands entered Paddy Power’s Last Man Standing which began in August 2012. Most were beaten, but eight people fought on avoiding the freak results, and choosing teams wisely. By the last weekend of 2012 all eight lost in battle but were rewarded with a tasty €1,250 each from the prize-pot to kick-start the new year with a bang.
Anyone can enter Last Man Standing and there’s €2,000 up for grabs in this weekend’s tournament. Enter here.
The Paddy Power Blog spoke to one of the winners to find out exactly what it takes to be a champion and learn some of the skills necessary to navigate a competition some say is trickier than trying to convince Chelsea fans that Rafa is the right man for the job.
Last Man Standing champ and all-round nice guy Declan Boland, from Dublin, slogged through 17 weeks of gruelling tournament action until he could be crowned the victor, and now you can get a head-start in this week’s competition with his top three tips.
1. Check out the form and don’t hesitate to pick a banker, even if it looks obvious
2. Always keep up to date with injuries and suspensions BEFORE you pick a team
3. If in doubt, go with your gut
Simple really, even Joey Essex could get his head around this one.
The rules for Last Man Standing are simple. Each week you have to pick the winner of one Premier League match. Draw or lose and you’re out, but if they win, congratulations: you have made it through to the next round.
A key point is that you may not pick the same team to win more than once during the tournament, but as Declan pointed out when he spoke to us, you could always side with the teams playing clubs like QPR and Reading, if you haven’t already used them.
As the name suggests, if you are the Last Man Standing, then the money is all yours and the drinks are on Paddy!
Last year Paddy forked out a staggering €75,000 to the winners of Last Man Standing. Declan is just one of many punters to have battled his way to some cold, hard cash.
With his expert tips and sound advice, you could soon be €2,000 richer and the proud owner of the title ‘Last Man Standing’ champion’?