DraftKings Year in Review: 2014

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Daily fantasy sports became mainstream in 2014 with DraftKings leading the charge. Over the course of 12 months, DK has launched countless new features, added a slew of new employees and continued offering incredible tournaments with opportunities for players to win massive prizes. Let’s take a look back at 2014, by the numbers and pictures.

$1 Million Winners

Below is a list of all players who won $1 Million in a single tournament this year on DraftKings!

Date
Sport
Username
Contest
Entry
Prize
Aug. 26th
MLB
CSURAM88
$3.3M Fantasy Baseball Championship
FINAL
$1000000
Week 5
NFL
SamENole
NFL $2.2M Millionaire Maker
$27
$1000000
Week 6
NFL
Jquave76
NFL $2.2M Millionaire Maker
$27
$1000000
Week 7
NFL
rayofhope
NFL $2.2M Millionaire Maker
$27
$1000000
Week 8
NFL
leav11it
NFL $2.2M Millionaire Maker
$27
$1000000
Week 9
NFL
Hardfour
NFL $2.2M Millionaire Maker
$27
$1000000
Week 10
NFL
mcnizzi
NFL $2.5M Millionaire Maker
$40
$1000000
Week 11
NFL
DaveTheChamp
NFL $2.2M Millionaire Maker
$27
$1000000
Week 12
NFL
sradss1
NFL $2.2M Millionaire Maker
$27
$1000000
Week 13
NFL
JGENNARO29
NFL $2.2M Millionaire Maker
$27
$1000000
Week 14
NFL
Kobe4MVP
$2.5M King of the Beach Final
FINAL
$1000000
Week 15
NFL
Dinkpiece
NFL $3M Millionaire Maker Championship
$27
$1000000
Week 16
NFL
gunz4hire
NFL $3.1M World Championships Main Event
$1500
$1000000

Live Championship Events

Some of the winners from live events are shown above, but this year DraftKings hosted two incredible live finals at the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas. The two winners, CSURam88 and Kobe4MVP took home $1 Million first place checks!

Fantasy Baseball Championship – Baseball Live Final

King of the Beach 2014 – Football Live Final

More Big Winners

Some of the smaller daily fantasy sports didn’t have a $100K+ winner (yet!) but that doesn’t mean the players who took down huge tournaments in these games don’t deserve a shout out as well!

2014 NBA Top Wins

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2014 CBB Top Wins

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2014 CFB Top Wins

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2014 NHL Top Wins

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2014 PGA Top WIns

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2014 SOC Top WIns

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DraftKings Partnerships

2014 was an incredibly successful year in terms of key marketing partnerships with professional sports teams, leagues and in other venues. DraftKings was everywhere in the past year, and below are some of the key partnerships we’ve announced in the past 12 months:

Marketing NHL LogoMarketing Pats LogoMarketing Broncos Logo
Marketing 76ers LogoMarketing Celtics LogoMarketing Rockets Logo

Player Experience Events

Whether it be winning an incredible experience through a qualifier or just providing customers with once in a lifetime opportunities, DK is always searching for new and innovative ways to reward our users. Here are some of the experiences offered up by DraftKings over the past year:

  • Breeder’s Cup Trip
  • Tiger woods Foundation/Hero World Challenge
  • Deutsche Bank Championship
  • Patriots Game Packages
  • Broncos Game Packages
  • Chalk Talk Events with Giants, Patriots, Cowboys and Steelers
  • World Series of Poker Main Event
  • World Poker Tour Packages
  • First Pitch Thrown at a Cardinals Game

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New Sports on DraftKings

As DK continues to grow, incorporating new sports for users to try out has always been essential in our development model. In 2014, two new sports were added to the fold with Soccer and MMA being introduced to the DK offerings:

Banner MMA

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Banner SOC

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Of course it’s impossible to wrap up everything that has been done over the course of the last year, but we hope you enjoyed some of the highlights. 2015 should lead to even bigger and better tournaments, opportunities and growth at DraftKings and we look forward to having you as a part of it!