DraftKings Makes Lower Stakes DFS Contests More Player Friendly

Written By Matt Brown on May 26, 2018 - Last Updated on June 27, 2018

DraftKings Adds Entry Restrictions for Low-Stakes Contests, Adds ‘Mini-Max’ Offerings

DraftKings has made its “player first initiative” a priority over the last couple of months, and a new announcement regarding low-stakes entry requirements is a big plus for casual players.

Starting immediately, “All low entry fee contests are available to everyone except the highest-volume DraftKings players,” the site says.

“The highest-volume players are ineligible to enter contests with entry fees less than $3, as well as contests with entry fees between $3 and $5 if the prize pool is less than $25,000 guaranteed.”

So, in a nutshell, if you’re a micro- or low-stakes player, you won’t have to worry about playing against people who play at the nosebleed stakes on DraftKings. And in theory, this should make these games much more beatable than before. Now, your competition is more in line with your skill level.

DraftKings also made its multi-entry limit on low buy-in contests official. For several months now, contests with entry fees lower than $5 have had a hard cap of 20 entries. The site has now standardized this practice. Moving forward, nearly all sub $5 contests will have a 20-entry max.


The reason for the “nearly” above is because a new contest format has rolled out in the lobby for low-stakes players. If you’re a low roller, but want to experience the high-roller life without battling the players with seven-figure bankrolls, enter “mini-max” contests.

This special type of low buy-in contest allows a player to enter up to 150 lineups in a single contest. It’s the same scenario as written above…no sharks. You’ll be matched up with other players who do not fall into the “highest-volume players” category, and in a contest format typically reserved for those with large bankrolls.

These updates join previous “player first” initiatives such as Beginner Contests, Experience Badges, and Head-to-Head Player Blocking.

Overall, it’s nice to see the market leader taking feedback from players and turning that feedback into policy that’s good for the overall health of the game.


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Matt is the managing editor of PlayPicks.com. He has been a high volume DFS player since 2013, with sports betting and poker entering the scene about a decade prior to that. He's served as editor at multiple print and web properties as well as serving as host and producer on numerous television, web, and radio programs in the gaming space. A sports addict since the age of three, Matt continually redefines the absolutely insane number of hours one can consume sports in a single year.

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