This DraftKings review may be a bit biased as it's personally my favorite site to play on. However, I'm going to try to keep subjectivity out of the equation and focus on some facts. DraftKings provides a functional website with extremely high prize pools and tons of users. You can always find contests in a variety of sports with a wide array of buy-ins. Most importantly, this website is trustworthy and pays its users. The website is secure using SSL technology and allows for all major forms of payment for deposits. This site is becoming more popular after running nationally televised commercials.
Step 1 – Signup
You can't do any gaming at DraftKings until you signup. Thankfully, it's very easy to do so. Gamers in states that have laws preventing daily gaming will not be allowed to signup. If you're unsure if your state allows daily gaming, visit the Is It Legal? tab above or signup through DraftKings.
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Step 2 – Deposit Money
DraftKings makes depositing speedy and easy. You'll be directed to the deposit page immediately after signing up. On the deposit screen you'll be presented with deposit options for $25, $100, $250, $600 and an Other field where you can deposit any dollar amount from $5.00 up to $2,000 (there is an option to fax in information to increase the maximum deposit limit). First time depositors will receive a 100% deposit match bonus up to $600. In order to unlock the deposit bonus, you'll have to play games for real cash. Once the bonus money is unlocked, it is yours to use in contests. Deposits can be made using every major credit card and PayPal at
Step 3 – Pick a Contest
Like everything else on DraftKings, picking a contest is cake. On the contest screen you'll find a wide variety of games for all sports that are in season. You can limit the scope of the contests you'd like to view by sorting by sport, opening the advanced filters drop down menu to choose next start, today or all as well as field size, entry free, and my contests. My contests will show you which games you've already entered (many games are multi-entry) and free with ticket (tickets can be earned on DraftKings for competing in various contests). Below the advanced filters are tabs breaking the games down to GPPs, qualifiers, head-to-head, 50/50, leagues, multipliers, steps, beginner and live. The live tab allows you to find big contests open to viewing, but they are games already being played that are unable to be entered.
Step 4 – Draft a Team
Once you've selected the game you'd like to play, you'll be able to draft your players who make up your team. The players available are listed to the left and can be sorted by position. Each player carries a salary, and when building your lineup you'll need to comprise a roster that doesn't exceed the salary cap. As you build your team, you'll be presented with the remaining salary and average remaining salary dollar amount to spend on each player. Once you're happy with your team, you can submit it. If you're entering another contest and want to use the same roster there is an easy import button which will allow you to grab your already constructed roster.
It is critical to review the scoring terms on
draftkings.com and any other money league websites you use. Scoring structures vary and your draft should be completely catered to the scoring system of the website you are using. The scoring system for NFL contest is below:
Step 5 – Withdraw Funds
In order to withdraw funds you'll start by clicking on the deposit button. When you arrive at the deposit screen you'll find a withdrawal option on the left-hand side of the screen. Withdrawing funds is simple, and there is a $20 minimum. The withdrawal policy for DraftKings is to first refund the original deposit source with the amount you deposited, and then gamers have the option to choose a check or PayPal transfer to receive their remaining funds. If you no longer have access to the credit card you made your initial deposit on, be sure to contact DraftKings prior to requesting a withdrawal. According to DraftKings' FAQ page, they process withdrawals Monday-Friday from 9 AM ET to 5 PM ET, and once the withdrawal is processed it typically takes anywhere from 2-7 business days for funds to appear in your account. They also note checks can take up to a week to receive.
DraftKings offers payouts via Paypal and check. You can count on withdrawals taking 7 business days to receive.
DraftKings completed a site redesign and improved vastly in all areas. The navigation is easy to use and finding the contests that you desire is a breeze. Generally everything is accessed through the top navigation bar and once you click into each sub-section you can see the specifics you're looking for.
Functionality & Ease of Use
The redesigned DraftKings website is far superior to most of the competitors in the space. The functionality, buttons and important website sections are easy to find and use. Sorting and using advanced search features are simple and don't require much time to get a hang of. The font contrasts and important call outs on the website are easily found. Promotions are front and center with the featured contests clearly displayed.
The main I have is that some of the important sections such as “My Account" are not visible without clicking on the sprocket or Settings images in the top right corner of the website. I would've liked to see the Withdrawal button without having to click through “My Account" and then click on another Withdrawal button. The FAQ section was a little too buried for my tastes as well. I think a link in the footer at a minimum is needed. I want to be able to clearly get answers to my questions, quickly without sending in a support ticket. Once again, to get to the FAQ section, click on the sprocket in the top right corner. Overall, the site is straightforward, has nice hierarchy and easy to use.
The updated design is leagues above what is was previously. It's sleek, stylish and conveys a high-end, premium brand. The contrast of fonts and colors help draw your attention to the most important elements on the page. The website works seamlessly on all browsers and operating systems.
DraftKings is leading the way in mobile technology in the daily fantasy sports space. They are the first on the market with a mobile app that makes going mobile a whole lot easier. While I don't recommend mobile for more than making last minute updates, deposits and withdrawals, I still prefer this mobile app over any other competitors' mobile website. See the mobile screenshots below.
I think support is the element DraftKings can really improve upon. I am not a fan of support webforms. Other competitors such as FanDuel offer chat on screen and a telephone number. A knowledge database or easy to use Wiki would be better options than a static webform. The good news is, you will get a response to your questions. The bad news is, it won't be instant like the more sophisticated support options available on other websites.
Is It Legal?
The answer is yes, as long as you aren't in the blocked US states. Recent laws determined that fantasy sports a “skill" game as opposed to a “chance" game. This distinction distances fantasy money websites from casino or gambling websites. The law was included in the Unlawful Internet Gaming Enforcement Act, which targeted online gambling websites in the United States. While this is a federal law, some states are still too risky for fantasy money leagues to all reputable fantasy money leagues in the United States will block users from the following states:
To read the law in more detail, here are some important points:
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DraftKings Summer Games
DraftKings is celebrating what figures to be a very special summer in 2015 with its $3.6 Million Guaranteed Summer Games promotion. This year, fantasy sports players are getting an opportunity to play in as many as 50 different contests, depending time, money and desire. This incredible series of contests covers five different sports (Baseball, Soccer, Golf, NASCAR and UFC-MMA) over an exciting 12 day period beginning on June 4 and ending on June 15.
Over the 12-day period, DraftKings is offering a variety of open events for each sport. Some events act as stand-alone contests while others serve as qualifiers for each sport's main event. While each sport has its own main event, the overall Summer Games promotion culminates in a $500,000 Guaranteed MLB Main Event to be held on June 15.
Throughout the Summer Games event, DraftKings is featuring a number of qualifiers ranging in price from free to $9.00 per entry. The winner of these contests will receive a $100 entry fee into the Main Event of their choice. For other contests, there will be an entry fee payment required prior the beginning of each contest. The price on these entry fees range from a low of $.25 on several Quarter Arcade contests up to a high of $5,300 for the MLB $250K Thunderdome contest to be held on June 14. With those extremes set aside, it's worth noting that most entry fees range from $1 up to $100 for the previously mentioned Main Events.
DraftKings Tiger Jam
This weekend could be very special for two fantasy golf fans at DraftKings. The prize awaiting our lucky contestants in the two "Tiger Jam VIP Trip" contests to be held this week will make them the envy of every golfer and golf fan in the world.
This Weekend's Contest
After an amazing week at The Master's, the PGA is moving on to Hilton Head, South Carolina for the RBC Hertigage. DraftKings is offering two separate contests on this event with the winners each receiving the first place prize of a trip and VIP treatment for TWO (2) to Tiger Jam at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV from May 14th-17th. Both of these contests require the contestant to pick six PGA golfers using a salary cap of $50,000.00. The contestant's team that records the best aggregate score will be deemed the winner. The entry fee for the first contest is $27.00 with an entry cap of 360 contestants. For the high-rollers out there, the entry fee on the second contest is $200 with an entry cap of 47 contestants. Cash consolation prizes in both contests will be paid out to contestants finishing in 2nd-4th places.
As mentioned above each winner will receive an amazing trip for TWO (2) to Tiger Jam to be held at the the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV on May 14th-17th. These prize packages include 4 days/3 night at the beautiful MGM Grand Hotel. Each winner will also receive a $1,000 airline voucher for air travel, one round of golf on both Friday and Saturday, a gift bag, Two (2) tickets to the spectacular Tiger Jam concert event and a chance to sit down with one of the greatest golfers of all-time, Tiger Woods. It should be noted these prize packages are only valid for the dates listed and may not be substituted for another prize or cash. These first place prize packages are estimated to be worth $6,600.
Entries are due by April 16, 2015 at 6:00 AM EDT. The RBC Heritage is scheduled to tea-off at 7:10 AM EDT with Master's Champion Jordan Spieth due to tea-off at 12:40 PM EDT. You don't want to miss these contests so get your entry in early to avoid being shut out.
Fantasy Soccer World Championship
The Fantasy Soccer World Championship is being held on DraftKings this May, and it is set to be the biggest daily fantasy soccer tournament in the history of the DraftKings. The Fantasy Soccer World Championship will be played using the English Premier League games on May 24th. A total of 370 lucky daily fantasy soccer players will get their chance to win part of the guaranteed $100,000 prize fund.
Everyone looking to enter the Fantasy Soccer World Championship on DraftKings can enter the tournament right now for an entry fee of $300. Satellite tournaments into the Fantasy Soccer World Championship will be held until May 23rd. You can enter one of the satellite tournaments for as little as $.25.
A total of 74 will teams in the DraftKings Fantasy Soccer World Championship will win part of the $100,000 prize fund. Everyone cashing in the tournament will win at least $600. If you are able to secure a top 10 finish in the Fantasy Soccer World Championship, then you will walk away with at least $1,500. The seventh and eighth placed teams will earn $2,000. A sixth place finish will earn your team $3,000.
If your team is able to finish in the top five, then you will win at least $4,000. A fourth place finish will win $5,000, and a third place finish earns $7,000. The runner-up in the Fantasy Soccer World Championship on DraftKings will get a payday worth $10,000. The team that scores the most points in the Fantasy Soccer World Championship will win $20,000.
Daily fantasy soccer players have been asking for a large tournament with a huge prize pool, and they will finally get their wish on May 24th. Thanks to DraftKings, you will now be able to turn your knowledge of the English Premier League to win the biggest daily fantasy soccer championship. There is nowhere else where you can turn a $.25 investment into $20,000 using your knowledge of soccer. The Fantasy Soccer World Championship is unlike any daily soccer tournament ever before, and you should not miss your chance to enter this unprecedented tournament.
DraftKings Golf World Championship
Thanks to the DraftKings, you can turn your fantasy golf knowledge into a truly unique experience that you will never forget. The 25 best fantasy golf players in the world will earn a spot in the DraftKings Golf World Championship, which is set to take place on September 4th.
The 25 players that earn a spot in the DraftKings Golf World Championship will win a free five night VIP trip for two to Boston to watch all four rounds of the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston. This trip is valued at approximately $31,000. In addition to this great trip, all 25 players will also draft a roster of six golfers that are playing in the Deutsch Bank Championship for the DraftKings Golf World Championship. The DraftKings Golf World Championship has a prize fund of $600,000, and all 25 players are guaranteed to win a large sum of money.
The player that picks the best six player roster for the Deutsch Bank Championship will win the grand prize of $200,000. A second place finish will earn you a total of $100,000. Third place is set to pay out $50,000. If you manage a fourth place finish in the DraftKings Golf World Championship, then you will walk away with $30,000. A $20,000 check will be given to the fifth place finisher. A top 15 finish will guarantee you win at least $10,000. Even if you finish in last place in the DraftKings Golf World Championship, you will still win $5,000.
Since the DraftKings Golf World Championship is an exclusive tournament, you will have to win your entry through a qualifying tournament. Entry into these qualifying tournaments are currently available for either $33 or $1,000, and they are available until August 20. Winning a qualifying tournament will earn you a spot in the DraftKings Golf World Championship.
Watching your roster play on television is great, but you will never forget watching them in person at TPC Boston. You will be able to root on your six golfers directly from the course. DraftKings is also setting up a VIP lounge behind the 17th hole for the participants in the DraftKings Golf World Championship. You will also have your own private club seat at the 18th green. Enter a qualifying tournament today so you can be a part of this unique fantasy golf tournament.
DraftKings PGA Thunderdome
There are several different ways that you can enter the DraftKings PGA Thunderdome this June. You can purchase your entry directly into the DraftKings PGA Thunderdoem tournament for $5,300. This will automatically secure your spot in the prestigious daily golf tournament, so you can have a chance to win $100,000. If you do not want to directly purchase your entry into the PGA Thunderdome, then you can try to earn your spot through satellite tournaments. These satellite tournaments can be entered for a entry fee of $33, $200 or $530. If you are able to win a satellite tournament, then you will secure your spot in the DraftKings PGA Thunderdome. Only sixty people are allowed to enter the PGA Thunderdome, so you will want to secure you spot as soon as possible.
Once you have secured an entry into the DraftKings PGA Thunderdome tournament, you will select six golfers that are playing in the first round of the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay Golf Club on June 18th. The available golfers will be constantly added to reflect the U.S. Open field. The person that selects the six golfers that score the most fantasy points during their play on June 18th will win the $100,000 grand prize.
You will still have an opportunity to take home a big payday even if you do not win the DraftKings PGA Thunderdome. The top 11 finishers in the PGA Thunderdome will win part of the $300,000 prize pool. A second place finish will let you take home $50,000. A third place finish will pay out $30,000. If you manage to finish in the top five, then you will win at least $20,000. Finishing in sixth or seventh place will earn you a check for $15,000. The eighth and ninth place finishers will earn $12,500 for their great daily fantasy golf skills. The final two people that cash in the DraftKings PGA Thunderdome get paid $10,000.