Sportingbet Last Man Standing AFL & NRL Footy TippingMarch 16, 2017
No Last Man Standing competition for 2017!
Update March 2017: We are sad to report that there is no AFL Last Man Standing competition for the 2017 season. In fact, only two tipping competitions are being run by betting agencies for the new AFL season: Sportsbet’s long-running Million Dollar Tipping competition and the AFL’s official tipping competition run in conjunction with CrownBet. Both are good options that have no entry fees nor wagering obligations. However, they are not run in the same format as the Last Man Standing competition.
History of the Last Man Standing competition
The ‘Last Man Standing’ tipping format has been popular with participants in years past. The format, best adapted to the NRL and AFL seasons, requires the tipster to correctly predict the outcome of just one match each round, in order to stay in the competition. If they fail to do so, they are out.
What happened to Sportingbet
Sportingbet, ran the first version of the AFL Last Man Standing competition, and they did so successfully until they were taken over and rebranded as William Hill’s Australian operation. William Hill effectively retired the competition in 2014.
Palmerbet Last Man Standing
The ‘Last Man Standing’ format was reinvigorated by Australian betting agency Palmerbet in 2015. It brought customers to the newly marketed online company, but sadly they only ran the competition for one season. Details on the Palmerbet version of the tipping competition can be found here.
2017 and beyond..
We can only hope that football’s favourite tipping competition returns in 2018. In the meantime, there’s plenty of fun to be had with the bookmaker offers available on each AFL round, for those that enjoy a recreational bet. There’s also AFL fantasy betting which is another innovative way to dabble on the footy; and helps to fill the void left by the Last Man Standing competition.
NRL Last Man Standing
There is no Last Man Standing competition for the 2017 NRL season either. The competition was run for the rugby league code by both Sportingbet and Palmerbet. More information on current NRL betting options requiring tips can be found here.
Image: The original flyer for the Sportingbet Last Man Standing competition