Breaking Down the DK 400K Micro Millions Main Event

It was a dominant performance.

Maxdalury captured the DraftKings 400K Micro Millions Main Event like a true boss. He finished in first place…and third…and fourth…and seventh…and 291 other cashes. Yes. 295 cashes in a single tournament by my count, out of 400 lineups. Now that is having a night.

The huge volume (400 lineups) and prize money captured my attention, and raised several questions. How profitable is this long term? Did anyone else try this and fail? How many lineups does the average player enter? Is mass entry alone enough to give you an edge, or is success truly based on the skill of the player regardless of how many entries?

I felt the need to examine how others chose to participate in this contest, and attempt to make sense of any advantage to be gained purely by playing so many rosters.

(Being just one tournament – I caution that this is for illustration purposes, and that more data is needed to truly examine “few entries” vs. “multi-multi entries” in a large field GPP.)

Let’s first take a look at how players entered this contest:

Total Entries: 22,900
Unique Participants: 8564
Largest # of Lineups: 400

Number of Entries Number of Entrants % of Entrants
1 Entry 5166 60.3%
2 Entries 1410 16.46%
3 Entries 631 7.37%
4 Entries 339 3.96%
5 Entries 334 3.90%
6-10 Entries 425 4.96%
11-25 Entries 209 2.44%
25-50 Entries 33 0.39%
50-100 Entries 12 0.14%
> 100 Entries 5 0.06%

What we can assume by looking at this information is that there aren’t many DFS players deploying a strategy of entering more than 10 lineups. Roughly 76.5% of people who decided to play this event fired 1 or 2 bullets. Only 5 people entered more than 100 lineups. The pool of players entering with huge volume is small.

Return on Investment

Next, we look at profitability. If entering a boat load of lineups only works when you hit the big score… then surely there will be winners and losers among the pool of players who chose to mass enter the contest. Here are some interesting notes on the outcomes:

- Maxdalury wasn’t the only person who entered 400 lineups. Another user entered 400 lineups, but lost about $5,500 on the investment.

- One player entered 271 Lineups at cost of $5,420, and only returned $30 back to his bankroll.

- Of the 10 players who played the most lineups, only 3 returned a profit.

- The total revenue of those who entered 100 or more lineups was over $260,000. Two of these players had multiple top finishes and constitute the majority of the winnings. 4 of these players showed a negative return. (note: two players entered exactly 100 lineups)

- Only 1 player who entered between 25 and 100 lineups profited more than $1,000. By contrast, 3 players within that same group lost more than $1000

- If you profited more than $100 – congratulations. You’re one of roughly 100 players that managed to accomplish this feat.

Key Assumptions

Looking at a single tournament isn’t the best way to evaluate the broader strategy of multi-entering. However, I am prepared to make a few assumptions we can evaluate in the future.

1. With a top heavy pay structure (very top heavy in this case: 25% to 1st) – you must be confident in your DFS skills when deciding to pay up for big volume. A big score is required just to recoup your investment, and there is no guarantee you can make that happen regardless of how many bullets you fire.

Translation: Individual skill is perhaps MORE important when investing heavily. If you don’t find the baseline premise for a few days in a row (for Maxdalury – it was a combo of SAC vs.ORL game – Oladipo/Gay/Frye/Cousins/Payton) then you could find yourself in the middle of a hefty downswing.

2. When this strategy works – it can work REALLY well. It is worth entertaining the idea if you have the bankroll to support variance.

3. Turning a profit in a large field GPP is difficult. The illustration of how relatively few players return serious profit was a reminder to play for the top prize. Nobody sets a lineup with intention to lose… but it should go without saying that construction needs to center around maximizing upside, and finishing in first place.

Editor’s Note: Check out this forum thread for more discussion on multi-entering GPPs.

About the Author

  • Chris Gimino (ChrisGimino)

  • Chris Gimino is a top mind in the DFS industry and one of the primary contributors at RotoGrinders including one of the most accurate ownership projection systems in the industry. A multiple time live-finalist, Chris delivers actionable tools and advice for RotoGrinders Premium subscribers that helps them make informed decisions for their lineup builds.

  • mikeniken9

    Awesome post

  • ktw1021

    great post, bunch of interesting facts, I agree with some others here and would like to see a cap of number of entries in the multi-entry events.

  • aBBaZaBBa420

    Great article. I know how long it takes me to do five LU’s…can’t imagine 400. I personally love the idea of cashing huge on just a few bucks, that being said I would like to be in a position to enter more…

  • jessedio

    Hahahaha @ 271 Lineups at cost of $5,420, and only returned $30.—- On that big 1 million dollar Slam Fanduel had recently over 50 people entered a LU that only scored 7 points. For $25 an entry it’s crazy people would play that horrible.

  • GQ1NYC

    @lux_tx said...

    Everyone! This man found the secret to winning a million dollars look quick! All you have to do is create over 600 lineups and you are guaranteed to win, no skill needed!

    Honestly though, you play with what you can.. our lane is the single entry contest until we have the bank roll.. there is no secret guarantee like having 600 lineups because if that were true everyone would be rich, but in real life without a strategy & skills you’ll go broke

    Maybe I’m wrong but I compare it to those poker players that win a big hand and then they bid up the blinds before they see the cards because now they have the chips to do so.

  • fistpumper

    Great Article! These studies can help us improve the industry. These gpps should have a entry cap even it means lower gtds. 50 imo

  • notcondia

    It’s not even fun to play these tourneys where guys have 100 plus lineups. This guy has so many different lineup combo’s that he’s almost impossible to beat. I’m sure he has a little bit of skill picking a couple of good guys but then, it’s all luck on the rest of the team. I play mainly for fun and these types of tourneys aren’t fun and the sooner I realized it was a bad bet to play in these, the sooner I became less of a sucker.

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