Paddy Power Beat the Drop Tips and Strategy

You can win up to £5,000 playing Paddy Power Beat the Drop

Beat the Drop is the hottest game around with up to £5,000 available to lucky punters who know how to pick winners.

The game launched in July 2020 and to date has rewarded more than 310,000 players with great cash prizes. The game is free to play and there is also a paid option where you can buy fewer choices.

Beat the Drop is great fun but also something of a brain-melter. Figuring out how much of your pot to place on one of the two outcomes isn’t easy. Do you go all in and attempt to maximise your payout, or split the pot and get over a complicated question?

In this guide we’ll take you through some quick Paddy Power Beat the Drop tips that can help define your strategy in the game…


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How Beat the Drop works

For those new to the game, here’s how Beat the Drop works in seven steps:

  1. Players need to answer 15 questions correctly to earn a payout. The questions relate to upcoming sports events. For example: Will there be four or more goals scored in a match?
  2. Players start with a £5,000 pot that they need to split between two answers. In our example, you can split between Yes and No for +4 goals in a match.
  3. You take the amount of money you put on the winning outcome through to the next round.
  4. There are 15 rounds over the course of a Beat the Drop game and you can choose among a number of questions.
  5. The maximum you can win is £5,000 if you guess all 15 questions correctly and go all-in on each question.
  6. The game ends if you run out of money or you win at the end!
  7. Players who want to reduce the number of questions and compete for bigger prizes can occasionally pay to play Beat the Drop. Ticket costs can range from £2 to £50.

Please check the Beat the Drop rules for more details on how to play the game!

Paddy Power Beat the Drop tips

Now we know how to play Beat the Drop, it’s time to look at those all-important tips. There is, of course, an element of luck in Beat the Drop because you can never guarantee anything in sport. However, these tips aim to help you maximise your chances of winning more money come the end of your 15 questions.

  • Pick Sports You Know – Beat the Drop allows you to pick questions on various sports. Make sure you pick a sport you know. If you’re a football fanatic then find a question that relates to a league or team you know a lot about. Equally, if you love basketball then perhaps you should stay away from a horse racing question.
  • Avoid Regular 50/50 Splits – There’s a temptation just to go 50/50 on every question all the way through the game. Sadly if you kept halving your pot then you’d win 15p at the end. 
  • Do Your Research – Make sure you do a little bit of research around your chosen question before making your predictions. Use Paddy Power News for horse racing tips, football news, and everything in between.
  • Check Out The Odds – A way to gauge what might happen in Beat the Drop is to see what the odds say. If Paddy’s horse racing odds, for example, back a horse to win a race at a slim price, then it may be worth pushing 80% or more of your pot onto it for a win. This way you’re likely to carry the bulk of your pot through to the next stage.
  • Calculate Percentages – A smart Beat the Drop tip is to forget about the cash value of your choices and look at percentages instead. Split your picks into: Unknown (50/50), Possible (60/40), Probable (70/30), and Certain (80/20 or greater). If you’re confident both teams will score in a World Cup match, do a Certain split at 80/20 and plan to carry 80% of your pot through to the next question.
  • Don’t Be Afraid To Hedge – You don’t need to go all-in with every Beat the Drop question. While it’s not advised to go 50/50 every time either, there is a fine balance to be struck between the two extremes. Don’t be afraid to hedge your bets and throw a little more on the pile you don’t think will win. In sacrificing profit potential you’re reducing the blow if your main choice does lose.