The NFL King of the Beach is a special tournament run by DraftKings concurrent with the NFL season, leading up to a live tournament in a tropical resort. In 2018, the final tournament will be at the Boca Resorts & Spa: Boca Beach Club in Boca Raton, Florida. But the trip is only part of the reward for making the finals -- the tournament has a $1 million guaranteed prize pool, of which $100,000 will go to the winner.
The first ten rounds of King of the Beach are run during weeks 1-10 of the NFL season, ending November 11. DraftKings runs King of the Beach qualifier games each week with entry fees as low as $1 or as much as $1,000. Each qualifier game allows anywhere from one to five entries per player, and you can qualify up to six times before the end of week 10. So register now and use our Draftkings promo code. If you need more info, read our Draftkings review and check our draftkings promo code fact sheet.
After week 3, DraftKings offers a limited pool of direct buy-in tickets for people who want to skip qualifying and go straight to the round of 200. For the 2018 tournament, the direct buy-in fee is $8,750. Only 20 tickets are available for buy-in. At the time this is being written, only one buy-in spot has been purchased.
Once the qualifiers are over and the 200 semifinalists have been selected, DraftKings will run a special one-day online game for them on NFL's week 11 (November 18). The top 75 finishers in this game will be put through to the finals in Boca Raton. Each finalist earns a VIP package that includes four nights' stay (November 29 - December 3) at the Boca Resorts & Spa: Boca Beach Club, including resort credit, $1,000 cash to cover the costs of airfare, and more. The VIP package has an approximate cash value of $6,500.
All 200 semifinalists will also get a share of the prize pool based on their final standings, although to get a chance at the really big money, players will have to make it through to the final round. The minimum prize for making it to the round of 200 is $1,000.
The final game to crown the King of the Beach will be held on the NFL's Week 13, December 2nd. DraftKings will hold a live event and watch party for all 75 finalists, along with other special events and games open only to the finalists. The winner of the final King of the Beach game earns $100,000, while second place is worth $80,000 and third place $60,000.
Past King of the Beach finals have been held at other famous tropical resorts, including the Atlantis resort in the Bahamas and in Key West.
DraftKings began holding live events such as King of the Beach in 2015, and these contests are some of the most attention-grabbing and prestigious for daily fantasy players. Other live events include DraftKings world championships for baseball, basketball, and football. They have also offered "King" championships for other sports, run similarly to the King of the Beach tournament.