DraftKings announced Monday that it will hold an NBA live final in March with a $4 million prize pool and a $1 million top prize, making it the largest contest of its kind on the 2016 docket.
FanDuel’s live final, held at the Playboy Mansion on Feb. 27, boasts a $600,000 pool with $100,000 going to the winner. The disparity between daily fantasy’s leading operators is a continuance of recent strategy, with FanDuel offering more conservative overall pools and flatter payout structures, while DraftKings favors the larger pools with top-heavy prizes.
Qualifiers for the DraftKings final, dubbed the Fantasy Basketball World Championship, are ongoing after tipping off Monday night. Well-known pro Assani Fisher has already locked up a pair of spots in the 100-entry field, and top-ranked Saahil Sud, better known as “maxdalury,” also clinched a spot on the opening night of qualifiers.
Qualifying tournaments are being held at the $3, $300 and $1,000 levels, with satellites at $5, $27, $65 and $100.
The final will be held March 18 at the Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego, and the prize package for qualifying players includes a five-night stay with $1,000 for airfare.