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  • DraftKings_CM

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  • skleni

    The TEN $100K FRENCH SPECIAL contest on Tuesday really looks great.
    However, I feel like Tennis would deserve a bit more promotion effort for the majors…
    It would be nice to have more than one contest worth playing per slate. I would love to max out the 3 $ Backhand…however, it is just not worth it to risk 60 $ for a top price of 300 $, especially when you have the 1 $ Ace with a similar amount for first.
    And I really miss a nice contest in the 20-40 Dollar range. A survivor contest could also be fun for Wimbledon.

    Tennis really has DFS growth potential, especially here in Europe.

  • Olhausen

    @lpdev said...

    I’m fine with the flatter structure but as a daily player I prefer consistency in contest offerings. If it’s top heavy every other day, I don’t want a random flat day.

    I agree so much with this statement. Personally I wish for lower top prizes and a flatter payout structure daily.

  • manoffewwords

    Thanks DK for next weeks Drive the Green Memorial golf contest and the ridiculous top heavy bull*. 25% to first, 55% to top 10. I did not think it could get worst,but you continue to out do yourselves. Taking all our fun out of dfs. IMO. Please answer a simple question,and I will stop complaining. Why not a $100k first place and the extra $50k to make more balanced payout. The contest will easily fill,and more players will be profitable. Should this not be DKs primary goal?

  • mtdurham

    @manoffewwords said...

    Thanks DK for next weeks Drive the Green Memorial golf contest and the ridiculous top heavy bull*. 25% to first, 55% to top 10. I did not think it could get worst,but you continue to out do yourselves. Taking all our fun out of dfs. IMO. Please answer a simple question,and I will stop complaining. Why not a $100k first place and the extra $50k to make more balanced payout. The contest will easily fill,and more players will be profitable. Should this not be DKs primary goal?

    Im not someone who spends much time looking at or complaining about prize pools but yeah this is getting out of hand.

    No one should want these top heavy pools… if you win $150k, then $75k goes up completely in smoke to taxes. Thats real money being taken out of the DFS community. Its senseless as no one needs to win that kind of money, only to see half of it taken from them anyway… meanwhile everyone else loses their money to the rake and smattering of mincashes and 13th place finishes that pay zilch due to payout structure

  • hambazaza

    RG Blog Program Manager, 2014 RG Party Beer Pong Champion

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    So now that Alabama has passed their version of a dfs bill, how long after the governor signs it do us players get to play?

  • DraftKings_CM

    • DraftKings Representative

    Thank you for the response. It’s cool that DK answers questions on here and thanks for putting up with a lot of the crotchety griping on here.

    Much Love!!!!!!

    I personally don’t care too much about the payout structure or # of max entries. The only thing I care about is that there is a $3- $12 contest with a high # of total entries. Like how PGA has the $5 contest every week that is aggressively sized is perfect in my opinion.

    The greater the number of entries, the bigger the prize pool. That’s also good for DraftKings, provided the contest fills of course. We agree with you! How we build the prize pool and assume the risk of the guarantee is always up for debate in this forum, but the fact is the primary variables we use to drive contest demand are (1) total entries permitted, (2) entry fee, (3) branding (the nomenclature used to name the contest) (4) max entries (5) amount paid to 1st place (6) Amount paid to last place ie 2X or 1.5x Mincash (6) the payout structure, which we call the payout curve within the halls of DraftKings.

    Of each of these six variables, which one do you think has the greatest effect on contest demand? We are curious to see what the RG community thinks – once we hear some feedback we will share our knowlege.

    The TEN $100K FRENCH SPECIAL contest on Tuesday really looks great. However, I feel like Tennis would deserve a bit more promotion effort for the majors…

    How do you propose we improve our promotions for the majors? What do you suggest? Keep in mind contest prize pool sizing is a bit of a chicken/egg situation, it doesn’t make sense for us to assume great risk – but we certainly are willing to assume some risk if it helps grow the game. We do that all the time!

    It would be nice to have more than one contest worth playing per slate. I would love to max out the 3 $ Backhand…however, it is just not worth it to risk 60 $ for a top price of 300 $, especially when you have the 1 $ Ace with a similar amount for first.
    And I really miss a nice contest in the 20-40 Dollar range. A survivor contest could also be fun for Wimbledon.
    Tennis really has DFS growth potential, especially here in Europe.

    We agree that tennis has growth potential, our numbers keep climbing.

    One of the challenges to offering contests is the borrowing of player entry liquidity. If we offer a $1 Entry Fee contest, it will likely share the same player entry liquidity as any adjacently priced contests. These issues are not unique to Tennis, its the same problems felt in MLB, NBA, and even NFL contests – we are cognizant that there is a theoretical fixed constant for liquidity, its our job to balance this liquidity across each of the adjacent contests that compete for the same player attention.

    I agree so much with this statement. Personally I wish for lower top prizes and a flatter payout structure daily.

    We hear this sentiment very often in the RG community where the players appear to be a bit sharper than the average (albeit not everyone in the RG community agrees – some RG members like the big payouts to first). At the same time we are bombarded with requests from players who want to see one of these two options: (1) more chances to win – asking for a very flat long tail that pays out more players. (2) interest in prize pools that feature big payouts to first place. A wise man once said “If all the experts want to play in the contest because it is better than contest b – then I want to play in contest b” – maybe he is right? Maybe prize pools that feature big payouts to first place attract less skilled players? Maybe the amount paid to first helps us build bigger prize pools – which is what everyone wants to see? Maybe there is a method to our madness? ;-)

    Thanks DK for next week’s Drive the Green Memorial golf contest and the ridiculous top heavy bull*. 25% to first, 55% to top 10. I did not think it could get worst,but you continue to out do yourselves. Taking all our fun out of dfs. IMO. Please answer a simple question,and I will stop complaining. Why not a $100k first place and the extra $50k to make more balanced payout. The contest will easily fill,and more players will be profitable. Should this not be DKs primary goal?

    See the post above for insights on why we chose that payout structure. It’s a tradeoff, sometimes we need to do that to encourage player participation.

    Yesterday we offered a 600K guaranteed Drive The Green with 150K to first, which is 25%. This top prize helped us fill the contest – and it was filled with plenty of hours to spare (it was a really popular contest – this structure is in higher demand from players than you might assume!). First prize alone doesn’t tell the whole story, we also gave away 11% to 2nd place, 6% to 3rd, and 2.5% to 10th. To help us pay out 19% of the field with this intentionally top-heavy and very popular contest, we used a 1.5x min-cash payout. You assume “The contest will easily fill,”, but our data shows otherwise. Like you we are also interested in prize polls that extend the ecosystem, yet at the same time we sometimes need to create the contest demand with these little boosts up top- this was one of those times.

    So now that Alabama has passed their version of a dfs bill, how long after the governor signs it do us players get to play?

    We do not have details that are ready to share at this time, but we would like to take this opportunity to thank the good people in the State of Alabama for their consistent support. We love you all!

    - DraftKings Community Team

  • skleni

    @DraftKings_CM said...

    How do you propose we improve our promotions for the majors? What do you suggest? Keep in mind contest prize pool sizing is a bit of a chicken/egg situation, it doesn’t make sense for us to assume great risk – but we certainly are willing to assume some risk if it helps grow the game. We do that all the time!

    Thanks for your response. I think there are different ways to go.
    One thing I have in mind would be some kind of achievements that makes people play every day during a major. An Ace Challenge (something like draft players who accumulate at least 100 aces and win an entry to a special tournament) would also be nice, especially for Wimbledon. And a survivor contest would also fit the structure of a Tennis tournament really well.
    Btw, great to see that the 3 $ Backhand contest is growing, it is a lot more fun with 1k for first!

  • timusbr

    @DraftKings_CM said...

    but the fact is the primary variables we use to drive contest demand are (1) total entries permitted, (2) entry fee, (3) branding (the nomenclature used to name the contest) (4) max entries (5) amount paid to 1st place (6) Amount paid to last place ie 2X or 1.5x Mincash (6) the payout structure, which we call the payout curve within the halls of DraftKings.

    Of each of these six variables, which one do you think has the greatest effect on contest demand? We are curious to see what the RG community thinks – once we hear some feedback we will share our knowlege.

    I think without a doubt that DraftKings like to say $150,000 to first or with the millimaker $1 Million to first.
    Its a headline its a huge number.

    but can you tell me that DK wouldn’t hesitate to say $100,000 to first if they decided to lower the number of entries?

    I guess playing more often and looking at how you size contests and the number of generations that some contest have each slate makes me skeptical. I realize your company has algorythms on us DFS players and you can probably estimate how much many individuals will wager. You realize that we are here to play and you can play around with your 6 criteria at no consequence. I feel the top prize is advertisement, You dont get much of a reaction from 1.5x on min cashes do you. I dont believe your rational you will use that say’s top prize amount has the biggest impact. I dont think its provable and I think people will play it at 100k or 150k. Try a DTG with a $75K top payout on the same 600K contest and it will still fill.

    for myself, I will play MME on 2x minimum cash only. I have had to lessen my MME play lately. I look at that first. If I am playing single bullet I look at % to cash, total entries and most important how much am I willing to wager on 1 contest.

  • db730

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    Putting 150K up top instead of 100K seems like a total waste of that 50K. As much as I think it’s silly, I’ll buy that a 6 figure payout is more attractive to a big portion of the DFS population compared to a flatter payout…..but I also feel confident that 150K vs 100K doesn’t really move the needle. Feels like a wasted payout.

  • jriddell

    For the playoff achievements, is there a reason you made some levels unachievable? For example, if I played every 2H and 4Q showdown slate offered throughout the entire playoffs, I don’t think I could have reached 100 at the end of level 10.

    Also, when will a showdown slate be offered for an Orioles home game? You’ve offered them for all other 29 teams!

  • gravitymaze

    “You dont get much of a reaction from 1.5x on min cashes do you.”

    I think you meant when they tried to advertise 2x min cashes. I remember when they offered a “2x min cash that paid more all around vs a “1000 to first” that were both single entry contests for the same amount.

    Now the 2x min cash was like 2000 to first but not advertised at that. The 1000 to first with 1.5 min cash filled faster. Had to click back and forth a few times because I was in disbelief.

    Anyway they have stayed pretty consistent on the flat vs big payout gets more entries thing in this thread. The only thing they wavered on was their stance at the beginning of this thread a long time ago. A couple of guys were complaining that it was too hard to fit in good players in the NBA at the start. They said they relished the fact that you had to really try hard to fit the pieces in. The like half way into the season they pretty much made it so you could fit in every star NBA player.

  • franksmith494

    when can we expect to hear anything about when us in Alabama will be able to play?

  • unageo09

    I don’t think they’ve released a timeline at this point.

  • quackinup

    I got a question. I recently noticed a couple tourneys that say they are sponsored by someone. Devour was one. How do you justify running a tourney that someone is paying you to be a sponsor of but then charge the same rake to us? If someone sponsors a tourney it seems like you should give us a break with the rake. Also how do you justify the constant banner adds and rake that has only increased over the years. Banner adds especially are getting crazy. Like give us a break or use the money you get from the adds to give us a break on the rake. You should care about players more than simply trying to suck every dollar from sponsors, banner adds and ever increasing rake.

    Also, the player reward system is a joke, complete joke. why do i want tickets to 25 cent tourneys? It all seems really lopsided and dont think players arent noticing. You need to move the needle more toward the players rather than your pocketbooks. my opinion. Players should be more important that adds and sponsors. Your business model is profitable with rake alone, use the adds and sponsors to make players happy. IMPROVE REWARDS please. Its really insulting if you actually break down what you give to players.

  • klubba575

    On the BallPark Tour achievement in MLB, is there anyway to know which Teams you still have left?? I play most Showdown slates and have been sitting at 27/30 for a couple weeks now. Maybe all the ballparks havent been in a Showdown slate yet??

  • DraftKings_CM

    • DraftKings Representative

    Thanks for your response. I think there are different ways to go.
    One thing I have in mind would be some kind of achievements that makes people play every day during a major. An Ace Challenge (something like draft players who accumulate at least 100 aces and win an entry to a special tournament) would also be nice, especially for Wimbledon. And a survivor contest would also fit the structure of a Tennis tournament really well.
    Btw, great to see that the 3 $ Backhand contest is growing, it is a lot more fun with 1k for first!

    Our testing and research has shown that Achievements which require players to track their own goals can have a negative side effect. If the Achievement or Challenge results in too many customer support tickets, then the concept may be good – while at the same time some users may see it as a poor user experience. We tend to want to avoid that scenario, but remain open minded when the process is optimised for a positive expectation.

    All of your suggestions were shared with our Achievements team – they really appreciate your ideas.

    PS: Glad you love the Backhand (that doesn’t sound right, lol!)

    I think without a doubt that DraftKings like to say $150,000 to first or with the millimaker $1 Million to first.
    Its a headline its a huge number.
    but can you tell me that DK wouldn’t hesitate to say $100,000 to first if they decided to lower the number of entries?

    You are correct, one of the biggest factors from the list we posted last week is the amount paid to 1st place. Frequently (not always) it is the number one driver of contest entry, yet it is not the only factor. Big round number jumps tend to work best, $100K and then the next jump is $250K, with smaller incremental steps that help us when necessary such as $150K. With each jump it also allows us to build a bigger prize pool, which often means the potential for more players to be paid out as the payout tail gets longer.

    You are also correct that if our analysis showed that we could not fill the contest, or contest managers would be likely to reduce the number of entries – which in turn might decrease the prize pool / lower the amount paid to 1st for a given contest.

    You realize that we are here to play and you can play around with your 6 criteria at no consequence. I feel the top prize is advertisement, You don’t get much of a reaction from 1.5x on min cashes do you. I dont believe your rationale you will use that say’s top prize amount has the biggest impact. I dont think its provable and I think people will play it at 100k or 150k.

    Top prize AND prize pool are the two biggest drivers of contest participation. You are also right that the size of the min cash does not drive the majority of decisions, but it certainly has an effect that is positive for the ecosystem. 1.5x payout is also positive for the ecosystem in different ways, it results in more players seeing some return of their investment, anytime there is a return to the player, no matter how small, we that as a net positive. 2x min-cash results in fewer players receiving a return on their investment, but we all agree that it provides a nice experience for the users who do cash. This is why we sometimes use 1.5x mincash, and at other times use 2x mincash – it all depends on what we are trying to achieve for a given contest. Some contests are designed to be economy friendly, others are designed to drive the size of the prize pools (milly makers are an obvious example).

    Try a DTG with a $75K top payout on the same 600K contest and it will still fill.

    That’s not quite how it works, when we size contests our team is also considering other factors such as adjacent contests that “steal” player liquidity, interest in the draft group (slate), and other factors. In some scenarios we might consider a $75K top on a 500K contest, in other scenarios the data shows that a $150K topwill help us to fill the contest. We are a data driven company, we tend to choose the path that data advises us to take. Sometimes this path makes sense at first glance to the players at home, at other times our decision is not as obvious.

    for myself, I will play MME on 2x minimum cash only. I have had to lessen my MME play lately. I look at that first. If I am playing single bullet I look at % to cash, total entries and most important how much am I willing to wager on 1 contest.

    Your example is good yet it is an exception to the rule, rather than the norm. Our research shows the majority of players consider the size of the prize pool and the amount to 1st place – in addition to the size of the entry field. We are happy to know we provide options that interest your desire for 2x min-cash, total entries – but these are lesser factors in the decision process from most players.

    For the playoff achievements, is there a reason you made some levels unachievable? For example, if I played every 2H and 4Q showdown slate offered throughout the entire playoffs, I don’t think I could have reached 100 at the end of level 10.

    The NBA IN-GAME PLAYER Achievement requires you to play all of the NBA In-Game Showdown start times (2nd half or 4th quarter) with a paid lineup. If you play all in-game start times, then you will receive 600 crowns for Milestone 10. There is no requirement to play 100 start times, instead you need to play all of the starts that we offer. Playing everything is the only way to complete milestone 10 – it’s tough to achieve by design!

    Also, when will a showdown slate be offered for an Orioles home game? You’ve offered them for all other 29 teams!

    Interesting stat, great catch, you are right! We shared your concern with the operations team, and your concern has been heard. One of our problems so far is that BAL has not played an “island” home game where our operations team would be most likely to offer Showdown. You can anticipate a BAL home game Showdown very soon, its something we are already planning – your timing was perfect!

    Putting 150K up top instead of 100K seems like a total waste of that 50K. As much as I think it’s silly, I’ll buy that a 6 figure payout is more attractive to a big portion of the DFS population compared to a flatter payout…..but I also feel confident that 150K vs 100K doesn’t really move the needle. Feels like a wasted payout.

    To be clear, $100K up top is more common for this contest if we offer a $500K prize pool. $150K up top would be a rare exception, on this specific day when the 600K guarantee was offered our analysis showed that it was a good opportunity to stretch the contest by increasing the prize pool, and in turn increase the amount offered to 1st place. There were no competing prizes, and the results were very positive – encouraging us to continue to grow this contest where the opportunity arises again in the future.

    when can we expect to hear anything about when us in Alabama will be able to play?

    We answered this question earlier today, our best answer at this stage is “no comment”, if and when that should change in the future, we promise that we will do our best to get the word out. https://rotogrinders.com/threads/alabama-is-back-in-the-game-will-dk-notify-me-when-ready-3047526#reply-3048830

    Anyway they have stayed pretty consistent on the flat vs big payout gets more entries thing in this thread. The only thing they wavered on was their stance at the beginning of this thread a long time ago. A couple of guys were complaining that it was too hard to fit in good players in the NBA at the start. They said they relished the fact that you had to really try hard to fit the pieces in. The like half way into the season they pretty much made it so you could fit in every star NBA player.

    We don’t recall the post you are describing about player pricing, nor do we remember intentionally changing the player pricing algorithm to make it easier to fit in key players. Can you provide a link so we have some context?

    I got a question. I recently noticed a couple tourneys that say they are sponsored by someone. Devour was one. How do you justify running a tourney that someone is paying you to be a sponsor of but then charge the same rake to us? If someone sponsors a tourney it seems like you should give us a break with the rake. Also how do you justify the constant banner ads and rake that has only increased over the years.

    Our sponsors help us keep the lights on and food on the table for our staff, in turn we ask that you consider patronising the businesses that view DFS players as a desirable marketing demographic – this is of course optional, but we appreciate your consideration regardless of your choice. DraftKings has provided numerous free experiences to our customers thanks to the generous support of our sponsors, and these contests have proven to be very popular. For example the The Dunkin’ Go2s Challenge (PGA) where the entry fee is free. In addition to the $5K guaranteed prize pool provided by Dunkin’, they have graciously provided 1st – 5th place win Dunkin’ Coffee for 1 year ($598 value), and 6th – 6,005th place win a $5 Dunkin’ Gift Card. Contest Link: https://www.draftkings.com/draft/contest/73081088

    We are aware that some users claim that we keep raising our commissions, yet our maximum commissions structure has not been altered or revised since 2017. The commission structure is transparent, you can see for yourself at https://www.draftkings.com/lp/commission-structure. PS: This page shows the maximum commissions we will take in a given contest, however we frequently take less than the max when a contest doesn’t fill or it is sized to intentionally receive less than the maximum.

    Also, the player reward system is a joke, complete joke. why do i want tickets to 25 cent tourneys? It all seems really lopsided and dont think players arent noticing.

    DraftKings rewards its loyal customers by giving back to the players in many different ways. Daily Rewards (which did not exist this time last year), Achievements for all of the major sports, and Missions together make up the core of the programs used to give back to players.

    Daily Rewards is just one way we give back to the player community. It is a reward solution that you do not find with our competitors in the DFS biz – just DraftKings, nobody else gives back to the players like we do. Our Daily Rewards program consists of 6 different status tiers. In June our lowest tier Bronze provides mostly $.10 contest tickets with a few $.25 tickets and DK Crowns in support. Silver is mostly $.25 tickets with a few $.10 tickets and DK Crowns in support. The Gold Status Tier is mostly $.25 tickets, with one $2 ticket and some DK Crowns in support. From your post we suspect you might be in the Gold Status Tier this month. If you increase your play to earn one of the top three status tiers next month, you will find that the majority of the rewards switch to $1 contest tickets instead of the previously dominant $.25 tickets.

    PS: Our research shows that we have increased player retention due to our many ways that give back to the player. Increased retention = more players to enter into contests, which in turn helps us build bigger prize pools.

    https://www.draftkings.com/lp/daily-rewards

    - DraftKings Community Team

  • DraftKings_CM

    • DraftKings Representative

    On the BallPark Tour achievement in MLB, is there anyway to know which Teams you still have left?? I play most Showdown slates and have been sitting at 27/30 for a couple weeks now. Maybe all the ballparks havent been in a Showdown slate yet??

    If you contact our support team, we can provide you with a list of fields that you have completed – then all you need to do is fill in the fields that are missing. We cannot discuss your personal account within this forum, therefore our team members have taken the initiative to send you an email with the answer you are looking for. Hope this helps!

    PS: Baltimore has not played a home game in Oriole Park at Camden Yards that was supported with a Showdown contest yet – but one will occur very soon. The reasons why were discussed in our post above.

    - DraftKings Community Team

  • AVivier

    @DraftKings_CM said...

    You are correct, one of the biggest factors from the list we posted last week is the amount paid to 1st place. Frequently (not always) it is the number one driver of contest entry, yet it is not the only factor. Big round number jumps tend to work best, $100K and then the next jump is $250K, with smaller incremental steps that help us when necessary such as $150K. With each jump it also allows us to build a bigger prize pool, which often means the potential for more players to be paid out as the payout tail gets longer.

    This just seems like a lose-lose situation to make the top prize 150k. Whoever wins the 150k is likely taking that straight off your website. If the contest is going to fill with a 100k top prize, then you’re taking 50k out of the ecosystem for almost no reason, while at the same time making the loyal players less happy.

    I think the people above making this point are offering really constructive criticism and I hope it’s passed on. Thanks!

  • DraftKings_CM

    • DraftKings Representative

    This just seems like a lose-lose situation to make the top prize 150k. Whoever wins the 150k is likely taking that straight off your website. If the contest is going to fill with a 100k top prize, then you’re taking 50k out of the ecosystem for almost no reason, while at the same time making the loyal players less happy. I think the people above making this point are offering really constructive criticism and I hope it’s passed on. Thanks!

    To be honest, a big win of any size is always at risk of removal from the ecosystem. It doesn’t matter if the prize is 100K or 10K, if the money is significant to the winner we expect them to at least consider a withdrawal. At the same time bigger top prizes encourage more deposits, which in turn help us push the ecosystem to new heights for bigger contests.

    Our research shows that the concern of withdrawals from the ecosystem are not the problem that you may think they are, in fact we WANT players to celebrate their big wins any way they want to! That is why we don’t let withdrawals of 1st place winnings hamper our prizing decisions. There are many other forces at play which help to drive the ecosystem forward such as positive experiences for players, the excitement of the sweat, existing customers that make new deposits to have the funds available to cover entry fee exposure for these contests with bigger prizes up top, and new players that join us every day (contrary to the belief of some, the DFS ecosystem is not dying, it is actually continuing to grow – the future is very bright for DFS!).

    I think the people above making this point are offering really constructive criticism and I hope it’s passed on. Thanks!

    Our operations team reads this thread every single day, you have their commitment to making sure your collective voices are heard and considered.

    Please keep in mind that hearing your point of view doesn’t always mean we will agree or utilize your suggestions, but your opinion is still valid and important to be shared. We have access to raw behavioral data for decisions made using data science that help us determine what is best for the entire ecosystem. Different players are motivated by different things, our job is to meet the widest possible needs of all.

    Keep the constructive criticism coming, we love to hear your thoughts! As long as the criticism is fair, objective, and constrictive; we will always welcome it!

    - DraftKings Community Team

  • ElwoodB

    When are you REALLY going to do something to keep the sharks out of the kiddie pool?

  • DraftKings_CM

    • DraftKings Representative

    @ElwoodB said...

    When are you REALLY going to do something to keep the sharks out of the kiddie pool?

    Hi ElwoodB – have you looked at our Player First Initiative? These policies address contest eligibility, assuring the highest-volume DraftKings players are restricted from playing in sub-$3 contests.

    Here is our current policy: All low entry fee contests are available to everyone except the highest-volume DraftKings players. The highest-volume players are ineligible to enter contests if the entry fee is less than $3. They are also ineligible to enter contests when the entry fee is less than $5 if the prize pool is less than $25,000 guaranteed.

    We also have a multi-entry limit policy: Most contests with an entry fee less than $5 are 20 entries max. Based on feedback from the player community, we also offer “mini-MAX” contests at low entry fees. These will allow players to experience the excitement of entering up to 150 lineups in a single contest.

    Additionally we also offer Beginners Contests, where newer players can hone their skills, this contest category is exclusively available to all players until they enter more than 50 contests.

    If you have specific suggestions for how we should add additional player protections, then we would welcome your ideas. We cannot integrate policies that are subjective, but we are open to all suggestions where the policy is fair and definitive – allowing all players to clearly understand what is and is not possible.

    https://www.draftkings.com/lp/player-first

    - DraftKings Community Team

  • Steverino01

    For all those asking about Baltimore in a Showdown to reach all 30 ballparks, Boston @ Baltimore on Friday 6/14.

  • quackinup

    So your saying that without sponsors you guys will be working in the dark. Who in the world is buying that? How do you justify taking rake when you have a tourney that is sponsored by devour? Dont you see that as decieving? In the lobby someone sees a tourney and its sponsored by a company, pretty reasonable to think its something special (reduced rake ect). Its not though,,exact same rake as usual but your just making more money from a sponsor. Outrageous. How do you justify that? Keeping lights on you know is bs.

    boy thanks for the summary of the player rewards, somehow you make that sounds less of a joke. The truth is that they are a joke. i play multiple lineups everyday from 1-10.00 dollars. but i get 10cent and 25cent tickets as rewards? really? Whoop de doo. reward tickets should be for the same tourneys a person normally plays. its insulting to get 25cent tickets to tourneys I would never play normally.

    you never responded to banner adds. They used to be just small little adds at the top of the page, now they are everywhere, entire page is just one big add. How is this not just pure greed? It certainly isnt taking in consideration the player experience or simply thinking of players at all. A free tourney that nobody cares about with way too many people doesnt balance out the constant and ever increasing banner adds. I dont see how you can take rake as usual from every tourney but increase sponsors and banner adds like your doing. I mean give us a break. Its not like its remaining the same either its going downhill, more and more adds,,more and more sponsors over the last few years.

    lastly your saying overall rake hasnt changed, this response is beyond misleading, not sure why you need to mislead. You have certainly increased rake in large tourneys over the years and yes since 2017. Obv thats what most people play. Saying overall rake is the same is not being transparent at all.

  • cnemergut721

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    @DraftKings_CM said...

    We take full responsibility for this mistake. This was not the contest structure we intended to use for this GPP. We have since identified the source of this error and, going forward, will make any adjustments necessary to ensure this doesn’t happen again. We can do better. We will do better.

    Well I guess you are not taking full responsibility by running this same 18th and 19th hole 150k guaranteed contests. These contests are the absolute worst.

  • ThatStunna

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    • 2016 DraftKings FFWC Finalist

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    Any chance we could get batting order information for quickswap on the app?

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