As the calendar turns to fall, the focus of a sizable portion of DFS players inevitably lands squarely on the NFL, a position from which it rarely shifts until the dawning of the new year. However, despite American football’s dominance over the stateside DFS player’s consciousness, there are still plenty of opportunities in other sports throughout the last quarter of 2016 that also offer the promise of large payouts.
111 Contestants, $20,000 Top Prize
DraftKings, which is renowned among the DFS community for perhaps the widest selection of sports offerings in the industry, is rolling out one such tournament in the form of the $100K Golden Goal, a UCL (United Champions League)-themed contest that features a $1,000 direct buy-in and $20,000 top prize.
The contest unfolds online on Tuesday, October 18th, featuring a 111-contestant field that will construct eight-player rosters based on that day’s six-game UCL slate. Satellites with entry fees ranging from $12-$185 are already running, and players also have the option of buying in directly for the aforementioned $1,000 entry fee. The $100K Golden Goal carries a three-entry maximum per player.
In addition to the $20,000 first place prize, the remaining payout structure for the contest is as follows:
- 2nd– $15,000
- 3rd– $10,000
- 4th– $7,500
- 5th– $5,000
- 6th– $4,000
- 7th-8th– $3,000
- 9th-11th– $2,500
- 12th-16th- $2,000
- 17th-26th- $1,500
One of Largest Soccer Contests Ever
The UCL made its debut on DraftKings in the winter of 2015, and features prominent teams such as Arsenal and Manchester City. DraftKings entered into a three-year global partnership deal with the former in February 2016, making the operator the official daily fantasy sports partner of the team. The announcement took place in the same month in which DraftKings announced the rollout of its UK product.
The $100K Golden Goal will be one of the biggest soccer-themed contests offered by DraftKings to date. Its largest prize pool has been the $150,000 tally that its King of the Pitch tournament, which took place back in May and was based on the English Premier League’s final slate of games for the season, offered to its 50 contestants. First prize in that contest was $25,000, and another combined $25K was paid out to the second-place ($15,000) and third-place ($10,000) finishers.