DraftKings is our choice as the top daily fantasy site for 2015. DraftKings is poised to pay out well over $400,000,000 in 2015. That dollar amount is mind-blowing and gives players ample opportunity to win a ton of cash prizes. In the first week of last NFL season, DraftKings made four people millionaires. In the following 14 weeks, DK handed out $1,000,000 to one winner each weekend. How would you like to become a millionaire in one weekend playing one day fantasy football?
DraftKings is bigger and better this year than last. They acquired DraftStreet and StarStreet in 2014, and now boast one of the largest fields of daily gamers in the industry. Daily NBA contests regularly feature over 20-thousand gamers competing for large cash prizes on small stakes buy-ins. For instance, a Thursday night in late March featured a $3 buy-in tournament with a guaranteed prize pool of $65,000 and a 24,900 person field. These large field games with huge guaranteed payouts aren't exclusive to NBA games.
DraftKings boasts a robust assortment of daily fantasy sports options including the NHL -- who they've partnered with -- MLB and NFL as well as more niche sports such as PGA, MMA, Soccer and NCAA basketball and football. Within each of these sports exists a variety of gaming options from head-to-head contests, 50/50s and GPPs. The buy-ins to these contests range from free entry, to a quarter for the cheapest contests requiring a cash entry and up to over $1,000 for the most expensive contests. Basically, there is a buy-in for people of all income levels. During the NFL season, DK ran a Millionaire Maker contest most weeks of the season which awarded $1 million to the winner of the $27 buy-in tournament. The Millionaire Maker was such an overwhelming success that they've incorporated it in their PGA game -- with a $20 buy-in and a 125.9K person field. Poker players will be stoked to learn that DraftKings features satellites in NBA games for the 2015 World Series of Poker Main Event.
The interface for DraftKings is easy to navigate and slick. There are featured tournaments highlighted at the top of the page, advanced filters which make finding the right game for you easy, and tabs to sort through game types. They also feature an easy to use mobile app that makes following your live contests or joining new ones simple. You cannot, however, download the app through the Google Play Store and will need to go to DraftKings website to download the mobile app.
DraftKings is legal in the US and Canada. There are a few renegade US states, making life difficult and if you live in one of these depressing states, you can only play in free games. Check out our Legal page for a list of these states. On any given day, you can find a fantasy football contest to join. During the weekdays, online users seems to be around 2,000-3,000 users. On the weekends, the number of users increases dramatically. Finding a tournament, Head 2 Head or 50/50 game will never be an issue. The contest offerings are diverse and contests vary in prize money from $1,000,000 guaranteed prize pool, to 1 on 1 battles with a $2 payout. You can always play in free games first before making your first deposit. Frequent players are rewarded with “FPP" or Frequent Player Points. These points are simply earned by playing money games. DraftKings also gives out DK dollars to loyal clients, which can be redeemed for participation in money leagues and prizes.
When the NFL is in the off-season most sites slow down. Not with DraftKings. DK keeps the action going with a variety of games in all major sports (Basketball, Baseball, Golf, Hockey, MMA), and you will be able to find thousands of contests with participation. When the NFL season is in season, traffic, games and prizes grow exponentially. You'll never have issues finding action within the parameters you desire. If you sign up today through our website, you will get a free entry into this contest and a 100% deposit bonus. Don't wait and draft your team with no risk and no long term commitment.
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.
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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:
It's time for UFC fans to get their shot at one of the big prizes offered at DK. This new contest revolves around the UFC 189 fight card on to be held on July 11, 2015 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada in Las Vegas, NV. The evening's co-feature events will be Chad Mendes vs Conor McGregor and the UFC Welterweight Championship bout between champion Robbie Lawler and the division's number one contender Rory MacDonald.
There will be two ways for participants to entry. The easiest way is by paying the $3 entry fee up until five minutes before the first fight. The second way is through qualifying contests that are currently being offered at a cost of $.25 with thewinner getting a free pass to UFC 189. Each participant is eligible to enter as many times as they desire without restriction. In order to submit a valid entry, each player will be required to select a roster of five fighters from the evening's card. There will be a salary cap of $50,000, covering the 22 fighters from the 11 fight card.
For this exciting contest, there will be a two tiered prize structure. For the UFC 189 basic prize package, there is a guaranteed prize fund of $75,000 with $20,000 going to the contest winner. Second prize will be $7,500 with $3,000 going to the third place finisher. In all, a total of 5,805 places will be paid with a low prize of $5 going to positions 1,850-5,805. For the top 10 finishers, DK has a very special offer being made in partnership with Reebok. These top 10 finishers will automatically be entered in the subsequent UFC event to be held prior to July 24th. The winner of that event under similar contest rules will win the "VIP UFC Experience from Reebok." This prize with give the winner and one (1) guest the opportunity see live the UFC Fight Night: Dillashaw vs Barao 2 to be held in Chicago, IL. The package includes airfare, hotel accommodations and a gift card for the UFC store.
DraftKings Summer Games
DK 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.
Throughout the Summer Games event, DK 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.
What the Contest Is
The Midsummer Classic is a contest with $1 million in prize money fully guaranteed. By purchasing an entry into this MLB contest, you will be given the option to draft a total of ten players directly from the games being played on July 24th. All 14 of these games begin after 7:00 PM Eastern. The ten players that you draft from the ones playing that night will then provide you with the best possibilities of winning depending on how well they play that night. However, it should be noted that you only have a total of $50,000 from which to use when drafting the ten players you choose, so you can either pick one or two expensive players and settle for a large number of inexpensive ones or you can draft ten players that can be drafted for around the same amount of money. One of the best aspects of this contest is that there are a wide range of prizes to be had, so you don't need to be in 1st or 2nd place just to earn some winnings.
How to Enter
Entering into the Midsummer Classic is easy. There are two possible ways to enter into this contest, through a satellite or with a direct buy. Satellites can be purchased for $3, $9 or $20. These satellites only provide you with a chance of winning an entry into the contest once the date arrives and run until the 23rd. On the other hand, you can directly buy into the contest by purchasing an entry for $100, which is relatively inexpensive compared to the potential winnings you could earn.
DraftKings Golf World Championship
Thanks to the DK 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 DK Golf World Championship, which is set to take place on September 4th.
The 25 players that earn a spot in the DK 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 DK Golf World Championship. The DK 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 DK 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 DK Golf World Championship, you will still win $5,000.
Since the DK 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 DK 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. DK is also setting up a VIP lounge behind the 17th hole for the participants in the DK 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.
Take Charge Foundation Contest
DK is using their large fan base to raise awareness for a great charity started by former professional basketball player Shane Battier. Everyone will get the opportunity to show off their daily fantasy golf skills while supporting the Take Charge Foundation in hopes of winning some unique prizes.
The Take Charge Foundation Contest takes place on July 16, and anyone can enter for a $10 entry fee. All of the money earned through the entry fees in this contest will go directly to the Take Charge Foundation, and DK is going to match 100% of the entry amounts in a another donation to the charity. There are unlimited entries allowed in this tournament, so you can make as many teams as you want.
If you want to win the contest, then you need to choose the six best golfers in the John Deere Classic tournament in Silvis, Illinois, while staying under the $50,000 salary cap. The Take Charge Foundation Contest lasts all four days of the John Deere Classic. The person that scores the most fantasy points with their six golfers will win a unique VIP trip to Miami to hang out with Shane Battier.
The grand prize in the Take Charge Foundation Contest on DK a trip for two to Miami, Florida, for two nights beginning on September 25. You and your guest will then get to play a round of golf with Shane Battier at Blue Monster at Trump National Doral golf course. This amazing course is the home of the WGC Cadillac Championship every year. You will also get a private tour of Trump National Doral and a private lunch with Shane Battier before you play.
If you manage to finish in the top 20 of the Take Charge Foundation Contest on DK, then you will win some great prizes. Everyone finishing between second and fifth will receive an autographed Shane Battier basketball jersey. The next five finishers will get an autographed basketball from Shane Battier. If manage to finish between 11th and 20th in the Take Charge Foundation Contest, then you will get an autographed Shane Battier photo.
This daily fantasy golf tournament is a great way to have some fun while supporting a great cause. The Take Charge Foundation rewards intelligent at-risk youth with scholarships so they can get the chance to go to college. Take Charge Foundation has already provided over $400,000 in scholarships, and this tournament will only help that number rise.
DraftKings Review by Tyson
So far, I like the DraftKings site. There are a lot of players for NFL games and different types of games. I like the site a bit more than the other sites and they had more NFL contests into the playoffs. Still trying to get this free money bonus released. I’m surprised at how good the players are. Not easy to win a tournament.
DraftKings Review by Jason Mullins
by Jason Mullins
I am a big fan of DraftKings. They have a great selection of games and an easy to use interface. Withdrawals are also painless and timely (I received my withdrawal to PayPal within 3 days). The Promo Code availability is nice, but it isn’t much different than anything offered on any other site. The only real complaint I have about the site is it took a little while to receive an answer to a question I had posed through their contact form. Other than that, no complaints and I will certainly be looking to become the next Fantasy Millionaire on Draftkings!
DraftKings Review by Brandon
Been playing for about 9 months and I like it so far. This will be my first NFL season on the site. I can always find a game to play. I also signed at FanDuel and feel like I see some of the same players. Some of these guys play every contest and I get the feeling they know what they’re doing. I don’t put out my own H2H contests anymore, because they same players will join. I found my niche contest in 50/50’s. I think they are the best way to consistently build a bankroll. After I build up some winnings, I play in a tournament once in a while. I’d recommend it.
DraftKings Review by Milan
I lost my Starstreet account and am being told to transfer my account to Draft kings. I’ve checked out their site in the past and it seemed a bit too big and bloated at the time. At this point, if you want action, you either go to Draft kings or fanduel. I’m at both and play at both. New players can’t go wrong on either. You’ll have fun and will get paid. Most players will never make a living on fantasy football, so don’t get caught up in making one million dollars. Also, learn about rake if you are trying to do this to make money. Support is good on this site, but I don’t like waiting for emails and wanted to call. No phone number available or chat.
DraftKings Review by Robert
Bottom line is Draftkings is the best site with the most money and most action. I’ve tried playing on some of the small sites and they just don’t have any players. Maybe that’ll change, but for now DK is my favorite.