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Pick Your Contest!

  • DraftKings offers a variety of contest types to suit the preferences of our different users.
  • Some of the contests are free to enter, while others charge a buy-in fee to enter the contest.
  • If a contest is Guaranteed, the contest payout will be that Guaranteed prize total even if the contest is not filled when it begins.
  • If a contest is not Guaranteed, the contest will be cancelled if it is not filled when it begins, but the buy-in amount will be refunded.
  • Once you decide which contest you'd like to enter, click on the "Draft Team" button to enter that contest and draft a team.

Draft Your Team!

  • In each contest, participants will be assigned a fixed salary cap of $50,000 that they can use to draft their entire roster.
  • The Player Pool will consist of all players participating in the current day's games, their positions, and their salary.
  • Player salaries are determined by their performance, and are not related to the player's actual compensation.
  • Once all the position slots in the roster have been filled, and the team salary is less than or equal to the salary cap, the participant can submit his roster for the contest.
  • After the participant submits a roster, the participant can modify the roster until the contest begins.

Follow Your Team And Watch As You Move On The Leaderboard!

  • To view all of the contests that you have entered, click on the "My Contests" tab near the top of the webpage.
  • The "Live Contests" area shows the contests you have entered that are currently in progress.
  • When viewing a live contest, each participant can see how the team they drafted stacks up against the competition.

Win Cash!

  • If you place into a paid position in the contest you entered, you win the amount determined by the prize structure for that contest!
  • The cash you win will automatically be credited to your account so you can use it to enter more contests!
Frequently Asked Questions

What Is DraftKings?

We offer Daily and Weekly Fantasy Sports contests for cash prizes in all of the five major sports (MLB, NHL, NFL, NBA and PGA) as well as college football and basketball. Our rapid-fire contests are a much shorter duration than the traditional season-long leagues and require no team management after the draft. Our salary cap draft format takes just minutes to complete, unlike the hours-long snake drafts in traditional leagues. We offer new contests every day of the season, and our winners are crowned nightly. Payouts happen immediately after the games - no more waiting until the end of the season to collect winnings!

Is Playing On DraftKings Legal?

We are a US-based skill games company, and all of our contests are operated 100% legally under United States and Canadian law. The US Government and 45 of the 50 states consider fantasy sports a game of skill. We do not allow residents of Arizona, Iowa, Louisiana, Montana, or Washington to participate in our contests due to state-specific regulation against cash prize awards. We also require our users to be 18 years of age or older (19 in Alabama and Nebraska). We take the legal status of our contests very seriously. If you have any questions related to this topic, please contact us.

What Types of Contests Do you Offer?

  • GPP (Guaranteed Prize Pool) Contests – GPPs are contests that payout the entire prize pool, regardless if the contest fills or not.
  • Head-to-Head- Winner takes all in these one-on-one contests. 
  • Leagues- Play against two or more opponents at a time in smaller field contests.
  • 50/50’s –  Teams finishing in the top-half of the field win cash no matter the number of entries.
  • Qualifier Contests –  Win tickets that can be used for free entry into a higher stakes contest
  • Multipliers- Great way for a bankroll boost! Win 3x TO 10x your entry fee in these contests.
  • Steps- Advance at each step by winning a ticket to the next level. Jump in at Step 1 for just $2.00 and work your way to Step 4 to win cash!
  • Beginner- Play against other beginners in up to 50 contests for each sport. Once you reach that limit, per sport, these contests will no longer be available to enter.
  • Multi-Match Head-to-Head-  Contest enters you into 20 unique Head-to-Head matchups, under one entry, where you win cash with each win.  The prize structure mimics the payout you would receive if you played each person in a single Head-to-head contest.   20 people will win cash in this 21 person tournament.
  • Freeroll Contests – These contests are free to enter and any winnings will be paid with Entry Tickets or DraftKings Dollars

Why Should I Choose DraftKings?

DraftKings offers the most aggressive lineup of FREE contests with Cash Prizes in Fantasy Sports. All of our contests are easy to enter, right off the home page. All of our games are daily (or weekly in NFL), which means you can play today and win cash tomorrow. Unlike full season leagues, you're never out of contention – every day starts fresh at DraftKings.

What is a Salary Cap Draft?

Each professional athlete available to draft in our leagues has a salary, and you have a fixed $50,000 budget to spend. You select a full roster of players while staying under the Salary Cap. Salary Cap drafting takes just minutes to complete, unlike the hours-long snake drafts in traditional leagues.