DraftKings "Steps" Up Their Game: New Step Tourneys and RG-Only Freeroll

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The best memory I have from Online Poker’s golden-days was winning Step 6 of a PokerStars ‘Steps’ Tournament. The concept was incredible; You could turn a measly $6 ‘Step 1’ buy-in into a $10,000 trip across the world to compete in the European Poker Tour, World Poker Tour or World Series of Poker (the world’s-finest $10,000 buy-in live, poker events)…all you had to do was take it one step at a time. I couldn’t believe it when I actually climbed that final step, and won an EPT seat. While I eventually wound up bubbling the live tournament, the experience was priceless, especially for such a small investment. Now, that same excitement could be transferring over to the Daily Fantasy industry, as DraftKings is kicking off their NBA Season with “Steps” tournaments and more awesome promotions!

DraftKings NBA 2012-13 Bonus and Promotions

Let’s take a look at the main features on DraftKings as we head into this NBA Season:

  • ‘Steps’ Tournaments Unveiled
  • $10,000 Guaranteed NBA Tip-Off
  • $1,000 NBA Launch Freeroll
  • “100 Steps” Freeroll (RotoGrinders Exclusive)
  • Daily $50 Freeroll (25 Step 1 Tickets)

DraftKings: Step Tournaments

The same exciting tournament-style from Online Poker has arrived to the Daily Fantasy scene, thanks to DraftKings. You can jump in at Step 1 for $2.00 and work your way to the top to win $1,000 CASH. Steps tournaments are a 6-level series of contests with continually higher buy-ins, peaking with huge cash prizes at the last step. The goal is to advance at each step by winning a ticket to the next level. No need to worry about advancing on your first attempt, as contests also award retry tickets and contests at each step run every day! For the impatient, you can simply buy in directly to any step so you don’t have to start at the bottom.

Start Steppin’! Click to JOIN DraftKings Steps Contest Now!

Steps tournaments award tickets that are sport-agnostic, meaning if you win a Step 2 ticket it is valid for any NBA, NFL, or CFB Step 2 contest. While DraftKings Steps Tournaments aren’t sending players to Europe at the moment, $1,000 is a hella-lot of cash for a $2 investment. Matt Kalish, COO & Co-Founder or DraftKings, told RotoGrinders that “the steps format opens up a lot of possibilities. DraftKings will likely accept $200 Step 5 Tickets for entry into the $250K Chase Main Event, and that they may also add an option for a bigger payout Step 7 down the road with a 5-figure prize pool.” EPT of Daily Fantasy, here I come.

RotoGrinders EXCLUSIVE: 100 Steps Freeroll (NFL Week 8)

If you’re ready to get your ‘Step’ on, DraftKings has graciously provided RotoGrinders readers with an exclusive chance to win 100 Free Step Tickets ($200 value)! Just click the link below (Members Only) to join. The freeroll allows for 1-entry per account, and awards the Top 100 finishers with a Step 1 Ticket:

CLICK HEREJOIN DK Steps 100 Ticket Freeroll (RG Members Only)

$10,000 NBA Tip-Off, $1,000 Freeroll & Daily Freeroll

In addition to the innovative, new ‘Steps’ contests, DraftKings has a $10,000 GPP to kick off this non-locked-out NBA season, and multiple freerolls. The $10,000 guaranteed is a $22 buy-in that pays $2,000 to 1st place and the Top 100 Spots. The $1,000 NBA Launch Freeroll will also take place Halloween night. You’re allowed 1 entry and pays out 400 Step 1 tickets + $200 Cash distributed to the top 10. To top it all off, DraftKings is continuing their tradition of ridiculous value to their users with a Daily NBA Freeroll. The first one takes place on October 30th, and awards a Step 1 ticket to the Top 25 finishers.

Site Contest Entry Prizepool First Prize Places Paid Link
Click Here $10,000 Guaranteed NBA Tip-Off $22 $10,000 $2,000 100 Click Here
Click Here RG-Exclusive: 100 Ticket Giveaway FREE (RG-Only) 100 Step 1 Tickets Step 1 Ticket 100 Click Here
Click Here $1,000 NBA Launch Freeroll FREE $1,000 $50 + Step 1 Ticket 400 Click Here
Click Here Daily $50 NBA Freeroll FREE $50 Step 1 Ticket (Top 25) 25 Click Here

NBA Lineup Help and More DK Halloween ‘Treats’

All of these promotions are exciting and awesome, but it’s just the tip of the iceberg for Halloween promos on DraftKings. Check back later this week on RotoGrinders for a Chase for the Crown update, plus information on the massive $50,000 Halloween NFL GPP, with a $10,000 first-prize.

If you’re new to NBA and looking for a place to start, Ethan (RotoGrinders) put together some sick articles. Check out the Daily Fantasy NBA Opening Night Preview for a breakdown on some DraftKings value plays early in the season. You can also check out DraftKings’ NBA Scoring on our NBA Scoring Comparison Breakdown.

About the Author

  • Cameron MacMillan (Cameron)

  • Cameron MacMillan co-founded RotoGrinders.com in 2010 along with Cal Spears and Riley Bryant. He operates on the business as the COO of RotoGrinders, and now the COO of Better Collective, TN, after Better Collective acquired RotoGrinders in 2019. – Follow him on twitter at @Cam_Mac_Millan


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