Draftkings Promotion sees Members Heading to Vegas
Draftkings have become the official fantasy sports partner of the WSOP and to celebrate this fact have launched a new promotion in which the ten winners will take seats at this year’s main event. The prize includes the $10,000 entry, a six night stay at the Aria hotel, access to the main event Suite and Party, an exclusive Draftkings Swag Bag and up to $1000 for travel arrangements.
“We have long understood the crossover potential between poker and fantasy sports, so this sponsorship makes perfect sense for DraftKings, the WSOP, and the gaming community overall,” said Anthony Pitts, head of Marketing for DraftKings. “People are looking for more ways to play, and now we can offer just that with affordable satellites into the WSOP Main Event.”
“There is no doubt the demographics of our customers line up perfectly with those of DraftKings,” said WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart.
Qualification to the WSOP
The winner of the World Series Main Event will pick up a cool $10 million, and Draftkings will send ten of their members to Las Vegas to try and get their hands on the prize. From the end of May to the 1st of July the site will be hosting ten satellites, the winner of each grabbing one of the seats.
There is an opportunity for Fantasy players of all stakes to take a shot at the prize, with qualifiers to these ten events running daily, with entry fees ranging from just $2 to $24 – members of the site can also buy-in directly to a satellite for $109. New depositors to the site will gain a free qualifier entry.
Here is a rundown of how one can qualify for one of the ten satellites:
The $2 qualifying tournament features sixty five players with the winner grabbing a place in one of the qualifiers.
The $5 qualifying tournament is a little easier with just twenty five players competing for a place.
For $12, one can enter a thirty player tournament, in which the top three will all be in the satellite.
The $24 qualifier is an event featuring just five players, the winner progressing.
The main satellites themselves will have a maximum field of 140 and as well as the first prize, offers consolation prizes for the runners up. The player finishing second earns $800, the third place finisher gains $400, the player in 4th $255, and players who finish between 5th and 9th will earn another shot at a qualifier.
The World Series of Poker
The World Series of Poker began in 1970 and is held annually in Vegas, and is seen as the premier event in world poker, testing poker players at many different poker disciplines – the winner of each event winning a coveted bracelet. This year the series hosts 65 separate events and the final and most prestigious is the WSOP Main Event – the winner of which will be considered the world poker champion. The Main Event starts on the 5th July and will run until there are just nine players left – at this point the play will stop and the “November Nine” will come back on November 10th for the live TV extravaganza that is the final table.