Beat the Drop Explained

Learn the rules of Beat the Drop and chase a £5,000 windfall

Beat the Drop is one of the most popular games in the sports betting community that doesn’t require players to stake any money. There’s £5,000 up for grabs if you can confidently predict the outcomes of 15 sporting events, and to date Paddy has created more than 311,000 winners.

If you’re new to Paddy Power then you might not know about Beat the Drop, or may not understand how it works.

Well, that’s where we’re here to help. In this guide we’ll take you through the rules of Beat the Drop, how to get started, and what to expect.

We won’t give you any advice – you can find that in our Beat the Drop Tips piece. Instead, use this guide to get to grips with Beat the Drop before giving it a go for the first time!

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Beat the Drop Rules

Beat the Drop is a predictor game that requires players to split their prize pot between two possible answers for every question they encounter. You take the cash you placed on the winning answer through to the next question.

There are 15 questions in total and players who play Beat the Drop for free start with a maximum pot of £5,000.

You can decide to split your pot however you like on each question. You could go all-in on the first question and win, in which case you’d carry £5,000 through to your second question. In theory you could do this all the way thorough and win the full £5,000. However, generally the pot whittles down as you progress because you cover both outcomes with your answers.

The game ends when you answer the 15th question and have money left over, or when you run out of money.

It’s possible to pay to play Beat the Drop and reduce your number of questions, while boosting your potential winnings.

Beat the Drop Example

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Here’s an example of Paddy Power Beat the Drop in action. You start a new game with £5,000 in your pot and choose to play on a football question. In this example, you need to decide whether both teams will score in a match between Rotherham and Leeds.

You think that’s unlikely but don’t want to go all-in on No. Therefore, you push £4,600 on No and leave £400 on Yes.

You can use the gauge in the middle to change your decision and move your money around. Just make sure you make the final call before the game.

In the end, Rotherham and Leeds drew 1-1. You therefore took just £400 through to Question 2. Ooops!

Beat the Drop T&Cs

Here are some terms and conditions you need to be aware of when playing Beat the Drop for free:

  • Players can play up to 1 free game of Beat the Drop per day
  • The £5,000 is up front and whatever money is left after 15 questions answered is yours to keep
  • You have 14 days from the time when you entered your last round to complete your next question
  • Paddy reserves the right to suspend or disable ‘Beat the Drop’ at any time
  • You must verify your identity in order to receive your winnings
  • If an event featured in a  Beat the Drop question is voided then Paddy Power will void the question. Affected players will be pushed out of that question and will need to choose another one

Read the full Beat the Drop rules here!

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