What is ‘Last Longer’?
‘Last Longer’ is a side bet which is permitted in some forms of tournament and contest poker. Players wager between themselves as to which one will stay in the game longer. The winner of the Last Longer bet is the final person remaining in the game. It might be an unofficial arrangement or a side bet made through the casino dealer.
‘Last Longer’ Explained
In poker, players usually make bets purely on the strength of their hand and the outcome of each round. Some forms of poker, such as Pai Gow, have special side bets and other games have a progressive jackpot bet or similar, but these are all usually made against the casino. The Last Longer bet is a unique kind of side bet found in tournament and knockout poker games, in which players agree to wager against each other.
The Last Longer bet is an elimination wager. Players who agree to make it compete against each other to be the last person in the tournament. They might not necessarily win the overall prize, but they could take a consolation by winning the Last Longer bet. A player might also be the overall winner and take the Last Longer bet prize too – boosting their overall reward.
Last Longer bets are often an informal arrangement, though sometimes the casino will take the bets and arrange the payout. The casino might also take a cut from this pot for themselves for operating the wager. It is entirely optional and players are not required to take part in the wager. Only the relative positions of the players who have made the wager count towards the finishing positions, and the highest player ranked against that list will win the Last Longer bet. Not all games permit wagers on a contest’s outcome and an informal bet might void the rules of the contest, so it must be checked with the house before being placed.