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A contest is another word for tournament, competition, league….whatever you want to call it. Basically, you draft your line-up, enter a contest and win lots of money. That’s the idea, anyway!
Each Daily Fantasy sport has stacks of contests covering each gameweek, and while the rules regarding points-scoring are the same for each, the actual nature of DFS contests can differ.
You can play mini contests or even ‘head-to-heads’ against one other player in a double your money format, or alternatively you can enter the huge multiplayer contests which feature thousands of other players but also thousands of dollars in prize money.
It is easy to find the right contest for your needs, and that’s because you can search each DFS platform in great depth. Below is the screenshot from the DraftKings Featured Contest Selection:
Look at the left-hand side of the screen: you can see a number of different parameters that you can use to search with, from ‘difficulty’ level (beginner, casual etc) and field size (head-to-head right through to huge fields – click the Entries tab to sort by contest size) to prize fund and entry fee.
You will also see another category called ‘Satellites and Qualifiers’. These are DFS contests that you enter to ultimately earn a ticket into another, bigger tournament. On the image above the bottom contest, the ‘NFL Three Entry Max Sat Series to PGA 500k’, a $1 entry into the satellite pays out the top 25% of the field a ticket into a prestigious DFS golf tournament.
So finding your ideal contest is easy enough, as you can search by your preferred parameters. For complete beginners of DFS betting, we recommend taking on one of the head-to-heads or double up DFS contests, as this will lessen the field you are up against. This will help you to dip your toe in the DFS waters without giving up too much of your bankroll.
As you become more experienced, more opportunities to play for $250,000 jackpots will present themselves!
When first encountering DFS betting and Daily Fantasy Sports, you may come across a number of words and turns of phrase that are completely alien to you.
Not to worry: we’ve created this handy glossary of terms that should help to bridge the gap between being a newbie to DFS and becoming more comfortable in your new favourite hobby.
DFS – Stands for Daily Fantasy Sports, and refers to the short nature of the game compared to long-term fantasy tournaments spread across a whole season.
DFS Contests – This is the form of competition that you will enter in the hope of winning cash prizes.
Line-Up – This is the squad of players you will choose from the available roster. Soccer managers will pick eight, golf managers six…it depends on the individual sport you favour.
Guaranteed – A Guaranteed contest is one where the prize money is fixed in place regardless of whether the contest reaches full capacity. So if a guaranteed first place payout is $250,000 then that is what the winner will trouser; regardless of whether they are up against 2 or 200,000 rivals!
Single/Multi-Entry – DFS Contests can also be categorized as single or multi-entry. As the name suggests, in single-entry competitions DFS managers can only enter one team. With multi-entry, you can enter as many different teams – or the same line-up multiple times – up to the specified amount.
Head-to-Head – It’s you versus a single opponent for the cash prize.
Double-Up – The clue is in the name: a contest where you can double your stake in prize money.
50/50 – A contest where the managers finishing in the top half only earn a prize.
Satellite/Qualifier – A contest where you don’t win cash but instead a ticket into an even more prestigious competition.
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