Review of Draftday.com
Draftday.com is an up and coming fantasy sports betting site that is patterned after the industry leaders, Draftkings and Fanduel, but falls short in several key areas. The successful launch of Draftday.com and other similar sites as competitors clearly shows that there is a strong market for real time fantasy sports betting, which has the added appeal of being 100% legal in almost every state, while traditional sports betting for real money is illegal in all but a few states.
Draftday.com also does a good job of offering plenty of daily action and a nice variety of game formats. However, many NFL and NBA fans also follow college football and basketball, and after all, today’s star college players will be tomorrow’s top recruits for pro football and basketball, so the site is missing a big opportunity by not having any college betting.
Furthermore, the relatively small player pool leading to small payouts and the tendency for many games to be overrun by the same highly skilled regulars makes Draftday.com a tough site for beginners. The people who run this site should realize that players have other options so they need to provide more of an incentive not only to sign up but to return to the site often.
If a Welcome Bonus is still being offered, it needs to be heavily promoted. Expired promotions should be taken down as soon as they are over and more space given to describing current and upcoming promotions. In addition, a loyalty rewards program for real money players should be reinstated. More withdrawal options and enhanced Customer Support, including 24/7 phone support would also improve the site.
Draftday.com was established in 2011. It was developed by Cardrunners.com, a specialist in instructions for online poker players. The Chicago based site was purchased in 2014 by MGT Capital Investments.
- Trustworthy site for daily fantasy sports
- Featured in Forbes, Chicago Tribune, Business Insider, VentureBeat, and Mashable
- Daily cash games and guaranteed tournaments
- Play for free or for real money
- Games for both beginners and experienced players
- Mobile apps for players on the go
Bonuses and Promotions 8 /10
In addition to all of the regular cash games you can play on Draftday.com, the site offers a variety of exciting special promotions. You will need to keep checking regularly as the special offers are subject to change and new offers keep popping up. Here are some special promotions you can take advantage of right now.
Draft Day Free $5 Challenge
Here is a promotion that is absolutely free. If you are like many fantasy sports fans, you have friends who share your passion for this activity, so all you have to do is invite them to join the site, too, and you both reap the rewards.
Existing players can invite a friend to play on the site and create a one-on-one game with their friend that is free to both players. The winner receives $5 added to their account. You are allowed to play one Draft Day $5 Challenge for each new player you invite. Note that winners of the Draft Day Free $5 Challenge must put their $5 winnings into play within 45 days or their winnings could be forfeited.
Draft Day Rapid Fire
The object is to select the player who will score the most fantasy points out of a special matchup. In order to win, you must pick at least three matchups correctly. Or you can play Draft Day Rapid Fire Mix requiring picking all five matchups correctly to win. You can only play one Rapid Fire game per sport per day. Unlike with regular games, once you select your lineup, you cannot change it.
There is another special promotion that won’t become available again until the start of the next Draftday.com fantasy football season, but it should be worth the wait. It’s called Draft Day Perfect Lineup.
Draft Day Perfect Lineup
This is a special game that runs weekly during the regular NFL season. You are required to pick the following players: 1 quarterback, 2 running backs, 3 wide receivers, 1 tight end, 1 kicker, and 1 defense/special teams. There is no entry fee. The contestants with the top 50 scoring lineups each week receive a free entry into a contest the following week that pays out $500 in prizes. But wait. There’s more. Anyone who can successfully pick the highest scoring player at each position (a perfect lineup) wins $1 million!
The following information was posted by other reviewers in 2014, but not verified for this Draftday.com review since no bonus information is provided on the website for non-players. Unless there has been a recent change, all new real money players signing up for Draftday.com receive a 100% match bonus on their first deposit up to $600. We advise you to check with Customer Support beforehand to make sure this generous bonus is still in effect. Keep in mind that online gambling sites are free to change their bonus offers at any time, with or without advance notice. For this reason, when you see an offer you like, it is best to take advantage of it right away because the same great deal might not be available indefinitely.
If the Draftday.com Welcome Bonus is still being offered, it works the same way as most fantasy sports bonus offers work. The bonus is initially placed in pending status, but during the course of your play gets released in increments of 4% of your contest entry fees. In other words, before a $600 bonus can become available for withdrawal in its entirety, your total buy-in for contests needs to be $15,000. This can take a long time because even if you can afford this high level of action, most of the contests on this website have small entry fees. So deposit what you can afford even if it means taking a smaller bonus. The minimum deposit is only $10, and there are plenty of contests with only a $1 entry fee.
Banking Options 8.6 /10
Draftday.com, like most sites catering to American players, has limited options for both deposit and withdrawal. The minimum deposit is $10, while the minimum withdrawal is $20. The deposit options are MasterCard, Visa, American Express, and PayPal. The only withdrawal options are checks by mail and PayPal, with PayPal being the faster of the two.
Winning players get paid in real cash as soon as the contest is decided, so the money is immediately available for further use. However, that is not the case if you wish to make a withdrawal. Banking at Draftday.com could be improved with the addition of more options and faster withdrawals.
Software and Games 8 /10
Draftday.com is one of a growing number of websites offering players exciting opportunities to put their skills to the test betting real time fantasy sports. You create the fantasy lineups you want to have working for you, but whether you win depends on how each of your chosen players fare in real games played in real time that same day. The site accepts all levels of skill and bankrolls with buy-ins ranging from free to $1,000 in real money. Draftday.com is based on the premise of why wait for the once a year opportunity for drafting new players in real leagues when at Draftday.com you can enjoy the same experience every day of the year.
At Draftday.com, unlike some fantasy sports sites, you only draft teams for one day at a time. Because all of the outcomes on Draftday.com are decided on a daily basis, you never have to worry about having your money tied up all season long on a bad team that is out of contention. Every day you can start again and change your lineup as you wish to correct for the weaknesses. Points are awarded based on each player’s individual performances, after which all of the points are added together to determine the team’s score. Available games include the four major sports: NFL fantasy football, major league baseball (MLB), pro basketball (NBA), and the National Hockey League (NHL), along with the Canadian Football League (CFL) and professional golf (PGA).
Furthermore, if you are new to fantasy sports betting or if you would simply like to test the waters and play for free before deciding if you want to play for real money, at Draftday.com, you have that option. In fact, you can start playing for free even before you make your first deposit.
Of course, with all the daily action taking place, you probably will want the excitement of real money play, and the good news is you don’t have to spend a lot of money if it is not your style. The entry fees for real cash games start at only $1.
The first order of business is to check the lobby for the day’s available games. In addition to deciding whether you wish to play for free or for real money, you need to pick your sport and game type. Depending on the season, the sports offered on this site include those mentioned above: NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB, CFB, and PGA. However, as of this writing, college games are not offered.
The traditional contests on this site entail drafting a full roster using the Draft Day salary cap. Alternatively, one variation is the “modified salary cap,” where the starting salaries are different for different lineups. However, if you prefer, you can enter a “pickem” game which entails faster drafting without a salary cap; for these contests you simply pick one player for each tier. There are also “live draft” contests which likewise have no salary cap, but require a specified number of entrants. Another option is “bracket” games. These games give you the opportunity to win your way to the top of a bracket through daily 1 on 1 matchups.
Since this site does not attract anywhere near the number of players as the two top sites, Fanduel.com and Draftkings.com, don’t expect to be competing against thousands or tens of thousands of opponents as you would on those sites. However, the number of other entrants that will be competing against you on Draftday.com can vary considerably. See the section on Multiple Player Options for descriptions of some of the different forms of competition available to you.
If you are on the go a lot, you will appreciate the fact that you don’t have to be tied down to our home computer to play. You can enjoy the same real cash action on Draftday.com anytime, anywhere from the convenience of your iPad, iPhone, Android smartphone or other cell phone or tablet.
The Draftday.com website is sometimes slow in loading, but rates high marks for its simplicity and ease of navigation. For example, the sign up form could not be simpler. The only information asked for is your name and email address. Likewise, the user friendly lobby is both well organized and easy to read. A quick glance shows you all of the games being offered each day, along with the number of entries and entry capacity and the time the game starts. There is also a very helpful FAQ section which in one convenient place quickly answers most players’ questions. However, there are many unanswered questions like the minimum system requirements, whether or not the software is compatible with any other systems besides PCs, whether a no download instant play flash version is available, and what features available for computer play are not available on the mobile platform. In addition, the site needs to be fully forthcoming about the terms and conditions of the Welcome Bonus, if still available, and what, if any player recognition is being offered to make up for the discontinued loyalty rewards program. There is also no excuse for clicking on a promotion only to see it has expired or instead of learning about the promotion, only having the home page reappear.
This Draftday.com review cannot really comment on the mobile platform in the absence of sufficient information. It appears that there is a separate app for Apple IOS and Android devices, so mobile play should be possible on most cell phones and tablets. However, more information on the apps should be provided on the website.
One outstanding feature of the site is that you can edit your submitted lineups right up to the start of the first real sporting event of the day. So if you get late information on a player or you have second thoughts about one of your choices, as long as none of the day’s games have started yet, you are not locked into you original pick. On the other hand, the lineups of your opponents are not available for view before the games start.
Another feature you will appreciate is the option to play multiple games simultaneously. In fact, there is no limit to the number of games you can enter as long as you have the available funds. You can also enter the same game more than once and select multiple lineups, paying a new entry fee each time. You can even create your own special leaderboards against your friends on the site to see who can earn bragging rights for rising up the top each day, month, and over the course of the season. The opportunity to chat with other players is another popular feature that many players on Draftday.com enjoy.
Draftday.com accepts both U.S. and Canadian players, but not players from other countries. This is an important consideration to American sports fans, since with the exception of Nevada and a handful of other states, traditional sports betting is currently illegal. However, fantasy sports, which is regarded as a game of skill, is considered legal in this country. Due to state laws, however, residents of Arizona, Iowa, Louisiana, Montana, and Washington are not allow to play for real cash. Draftday.com is also legal for all adult residents of Canada except for the Province of Quebec.
Draft Day has a wide range of compatibility. It is perfect for multiple browsers including Firefox. The FAQ section is very helpful when having issues with your geolocation and accessing the website. The overall system runs very well on iOS devices including iPad, iPhone, Android devices, PC and Mac.
Multi Player Options
While you can compete head-to-head on Draftday.com, having multiple opponents is more exciting, especially with all of the different formats you have available to you, like the following.
- Standard games: Require a designated number of entrants. If the required number of entrants fail to sign up by the scheduled starting time, the game is cancelled and all entry fees are refunded.
- Guaranteed games: Featured games with a guaranteed prize pool regardless of the number of entrants.
- Target games: These games have a specified target point total for teams to reach. All teams that meet or exceed the target share equally in the prize pool.
- Live draft: These games require a specified number of entrants. Once the total is reached, entrants are assigned a draft pick order.
- Fifty-fifty games: The prize pool is split among the top 50% of entrants.
- Double up games: The top half of entrants double their buy-ins.
- Triple up games: The top third of entrants triple their buy-ins.
- Qualifiers: Opportunity to win your way in to a bigger game.
- Turbo games: Games including only players from teams playing in the day’s early games.
The former loyalty rewards program providing cashback has been discontinued. However, the site’s three tiers of membership: Bronze, Silver, and Gold are still in effect. Based on your level of play the previous month, your tier level determines your eligibility to play in a freeroll the following month. Bronze level requires $100 in buy-ins during the previous month and rewards you with entry in a $50 freeroll. Silver level requires $250 in buy-ins during the previous month for entry in a $1,000 freeroll. Gold level requires $2,500 in monthly buy-ins during the previous month for entry in a $1,500 freeroll.
Management & Integrity
Draftday.com has only been in existence for a few years, but it is a reputable site that offers fair games and pays its winners. The site has been featured in several highly regarded publications, including Forbes, Chicago Tribune, Business Insider, VentureBeat, and Mashable.
Players can rest assured that Draftday.com is a safe and secure site. Players’ funds are kept completely separate from money used for operations, and the security and privacy of all player information and transactions are maintained. Another example of the integrity of the site is that players can view their play history and transactions at any time.
Things to Improve
Throughout this Draftday.com review, as with our reviews of any site, we have tried to give readers a thorough and unbiased picture, pointing out not only what is great about the site, but also those areas that need to be improved. At Draftday.com, the most consistent shortcoming is the lack of complete information on the site. Everything of concern to players like system requirements, mobile play options, and benefits like bonuses, player recognition, and special promotions, needs to be clearly spelled out. Also, to avoid confusion, expired promotions should be taken down the day after they expire. Not just players, but also potential players should be able to visit the site and be immediately so impressed that they decide they absolutely have to sign up and play.
Also, those who bet fantasy football and other fantasy sports have a choice, and other things being equal, will probably lean more towards a site with a larger player base and an appealing player rewards program. In addition, Draftday.com has been frequently criticized as being dominated by sharks, with the result that it is difficult for inexperienced players to win. The site can address this problem by including such features as tutorials and special games and incentives for beginners. A welcome freeroll would be another nice touch. This reviewer believes that if the site addresses these core problems, and also comes up with and actively promotes some new feature not offered by the competition, its other problem of not enough players would also improve.
Customer support is available 24/7/365. Feel free to email or access the “Help” section at any time. There is also live chat available and the customer service team with Draft Day are wildly knowledgeable and helpful with everything Draft Day and sports
Live Chat Support
We really like Draft Day because it has one of the most informative FAQs in the business. Anything you need to know you can discover quickly. If you don’t find what you are looking for there then you can access their very helpful, knowledgeable customer service staff. Additionally there are no long term commitments when joining this site. Gamblers can access an event quickly, get their wager in and move on without much effort. The Draft Day line-up is also a great deal of fun and informative too.