Beat The Drop is available on both PaddyPower and Betfair, this article is intended for PaddyPower.
Beat The Drop is a free to play game for 30 days, which then has a ‘ticket fee’ for any games after that 30 day period. So let’s begin with the free to play part – if you have a PaddyPower account you have access to Beat The Drop; just click ‘menu’ and scroll down, it’s just above the ‘Rewards club’ section.
So once you’ve clicked that, the premise is pretty simple. You’ve got a pot with £1,000 in it and 10 yes or no questions to answer. You can keep whatever is left in the pot after you’ve answered those 10 questions. Along the way, you can split your money between yes and no if you’re unsure.
You can play it as many times as you want for free in that first 30 day period. If you get a question wrong then you can just go again the following day, this also applies to if you finish the 10 questions. You could win that £1,000 multiple times, if you can get the answers right of course. So make sure you’re taking advantage of that first 30 day period, you could get some seriously impressive winnings with no output – you don’t even have to deposit!
After that initial 30 day period you can still enter but you will have to stake a certain amount, the cost of your ‘ticket’ will impact how much you can win, as well as your choice of how many questions you want to answer. This gives you more freedom than when the game is free to play but of course you then have a financial outlay. You can go to as high as 20 questions with a stake of as low as £2 and your winnings adjust based on these choices. For example, 20 questions with a £2 ticket could lead to you winning £800,000. Or you can go for less questions at a higher ticket price, such as £10 for five questions where the jackpot is then £250. People will always take different approaches, just make sure you’re being sensible with your ticket price.
The questions are pretty varied and are updated every day, you have a choice of which question you want to answer too. There’s normally several different sports available on there too, everything is included from football to basketball and darts; it just depends what events are going on that day. They even incorporate TV in to it, this year there has been pretty regular questions involving Love Island, which may appeal to some of you.
Which question you take is down to you, it’s all about personal preference. Obviously, stick to your preferred sports where you are more knowledgeable. It’ also worth doing a bit of research too if you want to be thorough. For example, if you’re being asked if a team will be winning by half-time of their game then check out some HT/FT tables and stats around first half goals etc, just as you would if you were picking a regular bet on their site. Research won’t guarantee wins but it gives you a much better chance in what you’re doing. It’s easy to pick with your gut when playing Beat The Drop, but remember you’re still gambling, so be smart about it.
There’s normally plenty of questions available so it’s unlikely to an extent that there wont be on there that suits you. However, on quieter days that may be more likely, particularly if your knowledge is confined to one sport in particular. If you really don’t feel confident in taking a question then you can just leave it, your game will still continue and you can pick from the next batch of questions. This is much more viable when you’re paying for a ticket after the initial 30 days. That first 30 days is free, so it’s worthwhile getting as many games in as possible. Of course if you reach the latter stages with a large portion of your pot still in tact then maybe the best option would be to give it a miss, but if you’re in the early rounds on free to play then you have very little to lose.
Again, it’s all about individual preference. If you’re really confident in a question, then feel free to go all in on either yes or no. The decision of splitting the money is much more important when you get to the higher questions, as if you can keep your pot in tact past a certain point you could guarantee yourself some winnings by splitting 50/50 through until the end. You can split in various percentages, so if you get to the latter stages you could go 70/30 on some questions if you’re feeling confident but would like a safety net.
I would advise not splitting from the get go, it greatly reduces your pot and potential winnings as a result. Particularly if you’re playing for free, you’re better committing your full pot through at least a few rounds before you consider splitting. At the end of the day, if you lose you can just go again anyway.