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Update: The suspension of NBA and college basketball has led to the cancellation of DraftKings’ Spring Tournament.
DraftKings has been awarding millions of dollars via daily fantasy sports contests for years. Now, it’s crowing a champion of both DFS and sports betting through its DraftKings Championship Series for 2020.
Big DFS events are, of course, nothing new. DraftKings has been running “live” DFS championships since nearly its inception.
Fantasy players would qualify for competitions that awarded millions of dollars at live events occurring in Las Vegas, Miami and elsewhere. These tournaments have paid out more than $100 million in prizes.
But this year, DraftKings is offering a yearlong competition, which includes a trio of championships for sports bettors, and just in time for March Madness.
Read on to learn more about the 2020 DraftKings Championship Series.
The DraftKings series includes more than 40 events across DFS and gambling. Here’s how it breaks down.
DraftKings Sportsbook has been one of the early leaders in the US market. Whether DFS is your thing or not, there are multiple sports betting tournaments this year:
The winners of the first two events will qualify for the national championship; however, there will be several ways to get in on the big finale.
In 2019, the inaugural national championship ended with some controversy. We anticipate that DraftKings has likely learned from the shortcomings of that event.
In all, DraftKings is planning 41 major DFS events this year, many of which will likely offer a top prize of $1 million or more. Events include:
These events will serve as feeders to the final live event held during the 2021 Super Bowl.
Qualifiers via those 40 events will travel to the big game in Tampa, FL, for a shot to win $1 million in a single-game fantasy event.
Currently, we only know the details for the DraftKings Sports Betting Spring Championship (DSBSC). Information on the fall and national championships are yet to be announced.
Even if sports betting isn’t yet legal in your state, you will be able to get in on the action.
We know a lot about the spring championship, which takes place during the opening week of March Madness, aka the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament.
If you don’t want to plunk down $5K to enter, you’re in luck. You have a chance to join the championship without buying in.
DraftKings is offering regular qualifiers via its DFS platform, sometimes for less than $100. The most likely ways to get in are NBA contests, which have a maximum of 100 entries and an $88 entry fee.
The winners get to go to New Jersey to play for a lot of money.
The qualifiers will receive a $5,000 buy-in, plus a hotel room for four nights and $1,000 in travel expenses.
There will be some rules to follow if you enter the championship. At its core, the contest is simple:
While you can place bets anywhere in the state of New Jersey, DraftKings will host a “VIP Sportsbook Venue” in Weehawken, where the basketball games will be televised.
Here are the top prizes:
We presume its fall sports betting championship will be similar in format and also likely held in New Jersey. But those details are still being ironed out.
The DraftKings fall championship will likely occur during an NFL and college football weekend, and it might have an even bigger prize pool. You should also be able to buy into the event directly for $5,000.
Furthermore, DraftKings will have more time to market the event and allow people to qualify.
We’re not sure what DraftKings has in store for the big finale. But seeing as this event is called the “national championship,” it should be even more substantial than its seasonal variants.
It seems likely that the event would be during a football weekend, but it’s not clear if that would be during the NFL regular season or in January when the college and NFL playoffs are going on.
We’ll also guess that the winner will receive more than $1 million.
Yes, you can. It’s open to those 21 years or older in the US.
Though, you must be within New Jersey’s state borders to wager and to take part in the DraftKings championship. Sports betting is legal in New Jersey. Also, you will need a DraftKings Sportsbook account to be a part of the action. You can bet via the DraftKings app from your iPhone or Android device, or via a browser.
The sign-up process is relatively easy, but DraftKings will need some personal information to verify that you are who you say you are and of legal age.
The DFS part of the championship series is available to much of the country; DraftKings serves more than 40 states. Here’s a look at where DFS is legal.
There will be more than 40 events, but the details are still being hashed out for many of them.
So far, we have information on these events:
There will also be baseball and football world championships that take place as live events.
The winners of those events will punch their ticket to the Super Bowl event for a chance at another big prize pool.
Details on the finale of the fantasy tournament of champions at DraftKings are not yet released.
We do know a little bit about it and can make a few guesses:
We’ll have more details as DraftKings releases them.
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