Now that week 1 of the 2021-22 NFL season has finally arrived, plenty of NJ gambling websites are ready to take your action. But if you want a fun and not necessarily expensive way to take your play to the next level, one of the first places you should look at is DraftKings Sportsbook.
Nothing beats the thrill and excitement of competing in a pro football pick’em contest or survivor pool, and DraftKings is the undisputed king of both.
We’ll tell you about some of these contests and what you can win in this article. But for even more opportunities and the complete details, visit the DraftKings Sportsbook website.
Then pick your contest, make your selections, watch the games, and maybe, at the end of the season, you can walk away with a life-changing bundle of money. DraftKings Sportsbook offers contests for players of all budgets. So, they provide a great opportunity for virtually anyone who loves NFL football to get involved and possibly win big cash prizes.
DraftKings Sportsbook $4M Pro Football Millionaire Pick’em Contest
This contest is in a class by itself. It comes with a guaranteed prize pool of a whopping $4 million dollars, including a guarantee of at least $1 million for first place. But that still leaves plenty of prize money remaining to be divvied up among the other top 134 finishers.
Here’s the catch though. The entry fee is a hefty $1,500 (or $4,500 for those who would like to purchase the maximum of three entries). So clearly this contest is not for everyone.
In order to participate in this contest or any of DraftKings Sportsbook’s other NFL contests, you must be a DraftKings Sportsbook account holder. If you wish to enter the Pro Football Millionaire Contest, you have until 1 p.m. Sun., Sept. 12 to do so.
How the contest works
Your task is to make up to five point spread picks each Sunday for 16 of the first 17 weeks of the regular NFL season, for a total of up to 80 selections. No contestant can submit selections for week 18, and in addition, you may skip any week of your choice during weeks 1-17. Also, while you won’t be disqualified if you select fewer than five games in a given week or fewer than 80 games for the season, it is not a good idea. Every correct selection is worth one point, while point spread ties and losses are worth 0 points but no points get deducted. So, to maximize your chances of winning a prize, be sure to make the maximum number of selections permitted.
For the purposes of the contest, DraftKings will post the applicable point spreads for each week’s games on or about the Wednesday of that week. The point spreads will remain fixed for all contestants regardless of when they make their selections or if they differ at any point in time from the actual betting lines.
All selections for any given Sunday must be made through the DraftKings website or mobile app prior to the kickoff time for that day’s first NFL games.
If any game in which you make a pick gets postponed or canceled, the selection counts as a loss. Also, if the NFL regular season winds up being canceled prior to the conclusion of week 12, the entire Millionaire Pick’em Contest will be canceled and all entry fees refunded. If the NFL regular season gets canceled after week 12, all of the prizes will still be awarded.
Why the DraftKings Sportsbook Pro Football Millionaire Contest is a good bet
If you can afford the steep entry fee, this contest offers great money-making potential. As mentioned, there’s a guaranteed minimum top prize of a cool million dollars, along with lots of other great prizes. For example, the contestant finishing in second place will win at least $500,000, and the contestant finishing in third place will win at least $400,000.
In fact, all of the prizes for the top nine players amount to six figures, and all of the prizes for 10th through 30th place are for five figures. Even the smallest prize (for 121st through 135th place) is a very generous $2,500, which amounts to a $1,000 profit.
All of the prizes will be paid in cash, so there is no bonus to clear.
But wait–that’s not all. Any contestant who makes five correct point spread picks in a single week will receive a free $100 bet.
$1 Million DraftKings Sportsbook Pro Football Survivor Pool
The Pro Football Millionaire Contest isn’t the only one that DraftKings Sportsbook is offering this season with a chance to win a million dollars. The same guaranteed prize is up for grabs in the $1 Million DraftKings Sportsbook Pro Football Survivor Pool.
This contest isn’t cheap either. But some people who are unwilling to fork over $1,500 for the contest with a $4M prize pool might not mind paying this contest’s entry fee of $333. Or those who are so inclined can enter both contests and/or purchase up to three entries in the Survivor Pool.
Other than the lower price tag, I will now describe some other key differences between the two contests that anyone contemplating entering the Survivor Pool needs to consider.
- First and foremost, it is a winner takes all contest. In other words, instead of having 135 winners, there is only one–the last contestant standing.
- Instead of making five picks against the point spread on a given Sunday, you pick just one team to win the game outright. If your team wins the game, you survive to make another pick the following week. However, if your team loses or ties, you’re out of the contest and out of the money you paid to be in the contest.
- You cannot pick the same team to win more than once.
Additional terms and conditions
All of the following terms and conditions that apply to the DraftKings Pro Football Millionaire Pick’em Contest also apply here.
- You must make your weekly selections through the DraftKings website or mobile app.
- All selections must be submitted before the start of the first Sunday NFL games.
- Tied, postponed, and canceled games all count as a loss.
- If the NFL regular season gets canceled prior to the conclusion of week 12, the Survivor Pool will be declared null and void and all entry fees will be refunded.
Determining the winner
The contest will end as soon as either only one contestant remains, no contestant remains, or the regular season is over, whichever occurs first. It is possible, but not likely, that after a given week, no contestants will remain. If that happens, the prize money will be equally distributed among the entire final group of players. Likewise, if the contest should end with more than one surviving player, all remaining players will get an equal share of the prize money.
Other NFL contests being offered at DraftKings Sportsbooks
If the entry fees for the $4M Guaranteed Contest and $1M Guaranteed Survivor Pool are too rich for your blood, you have other alternatives. For example, here are three you might consider with only a $20 entry fee.
- $100K NFL Survivor Pool
- $20K NFL Season Long Pick’em
- $5K NFL Sunday Afternoon Pool
DraftKings also offers several single-week contests and survivor pools that are completely free.
See the DraftKings website for details.
Special offers for new players
Lastly, keep in mind that all of the DraftKings NFL contests and survivor pools are open to registered DraftKings Sportsbook customers only. So, if you’re not yet signed up, what are you waiting for?
All first-time depositors will receive a 20 percent deposit match bonus up to $1,000 in the form of site credits.
In addition, through 9/13/21 only, after you make your first deposit and place a bet of at least $1 on any NFL or college football game, you will receive an extra $200 bonus in the form of eight free bets of $25 each.