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DraftKings Prepares to Launch Sports Betting in West Virginia

Penn National Gaming Provides Market Access to Industry Leader

BOSTON (December 18, 2018) – DraftKings Inc. announced today that it has reached a licensing agreement with an affiliate of Penn National Gaming, Inc. (PENN: NASDAQ), the operator of Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races in West Virginia. The agreement allows sports fans in the Mountain State to access DraftKings Sportsbook, the leading mobile and online sports betting platform, pending regulatory approvals.

“We are thrilled to work with Penn National Gaming to bring our online sportsbook product to West Virginia,” said Matt Kalish, Chief Revenue Officer and co-founder of DraftKings. “We look forward to serving sports fans in the Mountain State and building on the immense success we have had in leading the New Jersey market. With over 90 percent of sports bettors returning to play after trying DraftKings Sportsbook, we are confident we can deliver on being the best place to play for West Virginia consumers.”

DraftKings Sportsbook will offer a superior and engaging online sports betting experience that includes live, in-game betting, the opportunity to wager on major and niche international and U.S. sports, as well as new features such as Sportsbook Pools for NFL, NBA and NHL.

“We are pleased to help welcome DraftKings to West Virginia,” said John Finamore, Sr. Vice President of Regional Operations for Penn National Gaming. “We believe the state will certainly benefit from DraftKings’ tremendous brand awareness and expertise in providing customers a quality online sports betting experience.”

DraftKings continues to raise the bar for sports betting, entertainment and innovation – with an online sportsbook in New Jersey, as well as brand new retail sportsbooks in the Garden State and Mississippi – and has been preparing to enter the West Virginia market for some time. The company is now in position to give fans a unique and dynamic sports betting product, leveraging its industry-leading technology, market leading position, and more than 10 million registered customers.

About DraftKings

DraftKings is a global sports technology and entertainment company that believes life is more fun with skin in the game. Its mission is to bring fans closer to the games they love via a unique combination of daily fantasy sports, sports betting and media platforms that, combined, deliver “The Game Inside The Game.” Founded in 2012 by Matt Kalish, Paul Liberman and Jason Robins, DraftKings is headquartered in Boston, MA, and offers daily fantasy sports contests across 11 professional sports in 8 countries including the U.S., Canada, U.K and Australia. Operating pursuant to state regulations in New Jersey and Mississippi, DraftKings Sportsbook mobile and retail, allows players in the state to engage in betting for major U.S. and international sports.

About Penn National Gaming

Penn National Gaming owns, operates or has ownership interests in gaming and racing facilities and video gaming terminal operations with a focus on slot machine entertainment. Reflecting the recent completion of the Pinnacle Entertainment transaction the Company now operates 40 facilities in 18 jurisdictions. In total, Penn National facilities feature approximately 49,000 gaming machines, 1,200 table games and approximately 9,000 hotel rooms. The Company also offers social online gaming through its Penn Interactive Ventures division and has leading customer loyalty programs with over five million active customers.

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DraftKings Expands MMA Offering Through Partnership with Professional Fighters League

Includes New Pick ‘Em Style Fantasy Game for 2018 World Championship

BOSTON (December 14, 2018) – DraftKings and the Professional Fighters League today announced a strategic partnership that will bring MMA fans a new way to immerse themselves in the sport starting with the PFL Championship on New Year’s Eve.

“The winners in this partnership are MMA fans, first with fantasy and eventually gaming,’” said Donn Davis, Co-Founder and Chairman of Professional Fighters League. “PFL is re-imagining MMA, and we look forward to collaborating with DraftKings to offer new engagement for fans while creating new revenue streams for our business.”

The PFL season started with 72 fighters and concludes with the best two fighters in each of the six weight classes competing in six final fights in one epic night. The 2018 PFL World Championship Pick ‘Em fantasy game is easy to play, as sports fans simply predict four outcomes for each of the six fights: Who will win the fight? What will the method of victory be? In what round will each fight end? At what time within that round will the fight end? The game will feature a live leaderboard for players to track their position in real time, and DraftKings will award $25K in guaranteed prizing.

“Our partnership with the Professional Fighters League is another example of our dedication to innovation and our never-ending quest to expand our sports offerings” said Ezra Kucharz, Chief Business Officer at DraftKings. “Like our customers, PFL fans are extremely engaged and passionate, and this collaboration is an excellent example of what DraftKings seeks in partners who can connect with our growing community of players.”

MMA has more than 260 million fans worldwide and continues to grow domestically and internationally.[1] To serve this massive MMA fan base, DraftKings and the PFL are reshaping the MMA fan sports entertainment experience through a creative partnership that continues through the 2019 PFL season, which will include additional custom fantasy games and other gaming innovations.

The 2018 PFL World Championship Pick ‘Em fantasy game will launch on Friday, December 21st.

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About DraftKings

DraftKings is a global sports technology and entertainment company that believes life is more fun with skin in the game. Its mission is to bring fans closer to the games they love via a unique combination of daily fantasy sports, sports betting and media platforms that, combined, deliver “The Game Inside The Game.” Founded in 2012 by Matt Kalish, Paul Liberman and Jason Robins, DraftKings is headquartered in Boston, MA, and offers daily fantasy sports contests across 11 professional sports in 8 countries including the U.S., Canada, U.K and Australia. Operating pursuant to state regulations in New Jersey and Mississippi, DraftKings Sportsbook mobile and retail, allows players in the state to engage in betting for major U.S. and international sports.

 

About Professional Fighters League

The Professional Fighters League (PFL) presents MMA for the first time in the sport format where individual fighters compete in a regular season, playoffs, and championship.  PFL Season has 72 Elite MMA athletes across 6 weight-classes, with each fighting twice in the PFL Regular Season in June, July, and August.  The top 8 fighters in each weight-class advance to the single-elimination PFL Playoffs in October.  The PFL Championship is New Year’s Eve in Madison Square Gardens with the finals in each of six weight classes competing for the $10 million prize pool.  The PFL is broadcast live on NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) and streamed live worldwide on Facebook Watch.  Founded in 2017, the PFL is backed by group of sports, media, and business titans.  For more info visit PFLmma.com.

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[1]Forbes.com. (2018, April 18). How The PFL Plans To Change The Way Fans, Fighters And Sponsors See MMA. Retrieved from https://bit.ly/2C8OTz2

DraftKings Announces Second Tech Skills Training Program for Massachusetts Veterans

Part of Company’s Growing “Tech for Heroes” Initiative Now Active in Three States

BOSTON (October 19, 2018) – As part of its new Tech for Heroes initiative aimed at helping veterans find gainful employment in the tech sector, DraftKings Inc. announced today that it will be holding a free cybersecurity training class for current and returning Bay State veterans and military spouses who have experience in IT, Networking or CCNA certifications. This free, 5-day class, beginning next week on October 22, 2018, is being offered in partnership with VetsinTech and Palo Alto Networks, one of the leading companies in the cybersecurity industry.

“The core mission of our Tech for Heroes program is to give military veterans and their families the tools and training that will enable them to compete for positions in today’s civilian job market,” said Paul Liberman, co-founder and COO of DraftKings. “Now that we have successfully launched the program in three states, our goal moving forward is to not only grow the program by training as many veterans as possible, but also to expand our course offering to include specialized concentrations such as cybersecurity.”    

This class is being offered as part of the company’s new Tech for Heroes corporate social responsibility initiative which was launched in June. Working with the national nonprofit VetsinTech, Tech for Heroes has provided high-tech skills training to over 75 veterans and military spouses in three cities across the United States.

The first training class was a 10-week course in front-end web development held in Boston and DraftKings has launched additional classes in Austin, Texas, and San Francisco. As part of this program, DraftKings’ employees are working with the veterans to grow their understanding of employment opportunities at high-tech companies and to further support the veteran graduates pursuing careers in tech. Efforts include resume development, career roadmapping and skills translation as well as peer to peer networking.

The Boston DraftKings Cybersecurity training class is open to current and returning veterans and military spouses in New England. All applicants must submit a copy of their Certificate of Release (DD-214) and a LinkedIn profile. Graduates who successfully complete the course will receive an Accredited Configuration Engineer (ACE) accreditation.

For more information and to register, please visit: VetsinTech/DraftKings Cybersecurity Training Boston. Additional information on the DraftKings Tech For Heroes program can be obtained at: Tech for Heroes.

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About DraftKings

DraftKings is a global sports technology and entertainment company that believes life is more fun with skin in the game. Its mission is to bring fans closer to the games they love via a unique combination of daily fantasy sports, sports betting and media platforms that, combined, deliver “The Game Inside The Game.” Founded in 2012 by Matt Kalish, Paul Liberman and Jason Robins, DraftKings is headquartered in Boston, MA, and offers daily fantasy sports contests across 11 professional sports in 8 countries including the U.S., Canada, U.K and Australia. Now a licensed operator in New Jersey, DraftKings Sportsbook allows players in the state to engage in betting for major U.S. and international sports.

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DraftKings’ High-Tech Jobs Skills Training Program Now Open for Texas Veterans

“Tech for Heroes” Initiative to Help Former Servicemembers Transition from Military to Civilian Life   

BOSTON (September 18, 2018) – DraftKings Inc. announced today that it is expanding its Tech for Heroes initiative to Austin, Texas. The eight-week course, beginning October 9 and offered free of charge, is designed to provide high-tech job skills training to current and returning veterans and military spouses, so they can expand their knowledge base and find gainful employment in the tech sector.

“The Tech for Heroes program was designed with one goal in mind–help veterans gain a real advantage in an extremely competitive tech industry,” said Paul Liberman, co-founder and COO of DraftKings. “The skills acquired

through the program can be applied to nearly any company, no matter their size or industry, giving each individual the ability to explore career paths of all types. These individuals have all made tremendous sacrifices in service to our country and this program is one way we are showing our collective appreciation.”

Working in partnership with the national nonprofit VetsinTech, DraftKings launched the company’s first corporate social responsibility initiative in June with its inaugural Tech for Heroes training class taking place in Boston. Last month, the company announced an expansion of the program to San Francisco, California, where it is training more than 30 veterans and military spouses in web development.

“We are excited to continue the expansion of the Tech for Heroes program to Austin. The partnership with DraftKings has allowed us to impact so many veterans and their families all accross the country, and we look forward to the opportunity to bring this life changing training to Texas,” said Katherine Webster, founder and CEO of VetsinTech.

DraftKings’ employees will be working with the veterans to grow their understanding of employment opportunities at high-tech companies and to further support the veteran graduates pursuing careers in tech. Efforts include resume development, career roadmapping and skills translation as well as peer to peer networking.

For additional information on the DraftKings Tech For Heroes program and to inquire about joining a class, please visit Tech for Heroes.

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About DraftKings

DraftKings is a global sports technology and entertainment company that believes life is more fun with skin in the game. Its mission is to bring fans closer to the games they love via a unique combination of daily fantasy sports, sports betting and media platforms that, combined, deliver “The Game Inside The Game.” Founded in 2012 by Matt Kalish, Paul Liberman and Jason Robins, DraftKings is headquartered in Boston, MA, and offers daily fantasy sports contests across 11 professional sports in 8 countries including the U.S., Canada, U.K and Australia. Now a licensed operator in New Jersey, DraftKings Sportsbook allows players in the state to engage in betting for major U.S. and international sports.

About VetsinTech

VetsinTech supports current and returning veterans with re-integration services, and by connecting them to the national technology ecosystem. VIT is committed to bringing together a tech-specific network, resources, and programs for our veterans interested in education, entrepreneurship, and employment.

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DraftKings Announces High-Tech Jobs Skills Training Program for Bay Area Veterans

“Tech for Heroes” Initiative to Help Former Service Men and Women Transition from Military to Civilian Life   

BOSTON (August 16, 2018) – DraftKings Inc. announced today that it is expanding its Tech for Heroes initiative to San Francisco. This eight-week course, offered free of charge, is designed to provide high-tech job skills training to current and returning veterans and their spouses, so they can expand their knowledge base and find gainful employment in the tech sector upon completion of their military service.

“While there are a lot of opportunities in today’s tech market, it is also extremely competitive, so we want to make sure that those who have made tremendous sacrifices in service to our country are well equipped to compete for those jobs,” said Paul Liberman, co-founder and COO of DraftKings. “We designed our Tech for Heroes class in San Francisco to be responsive to the job market and in a subject that can be applied to nearly any company, no matter their size or industry.”

Working in partnership with the national nonprofit VetsinTech, DraftKings launched the company’s first corporate social responsibility initiative in June, with its first training class in Boston on front-end web development. In addition to Boston and San Francisco, the company has plans to expand the program to additional cities in the coming months.

“DraftKings has such a deep understanding of cutting edge technology and what is required to work in the tech industry, so we are fortunate to have them as a partner in advancing the mutual goal of helping veterans interested in pursuing careers in high-tech,” said Katherine Webster, founder and CEO of VetsinTech.

DraftKings employees will be working with the veterans as mentors to deepen their understanding of employment opportunities at high-tech companies and to further support the veteran graduates pursuing careers in tech.

DraftKings recently announced the establishment of a new office located in the core of downtown San Francisco, which will be home to some of the company’s growth marketing executives and their team. This office will focus primarily on building out a best-in-class growth marketing organization, expanding the DraftKings digital brand and driving customer acquisition.

For additional information on the DraftKings Tech For Heroes program and to inquire about joining a class, please visit Tech for Heroes.

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About DraftKings

DraftKings is a global sports technology and entertainment company that believes life is more fun with skin in the game. Its mission is to bring fans closer to the games they love via a unique combination of daily fantasy sports, sports betting and media platforms that, combined, deliver “The Game Inside The Game.” Founded in 2012 by Matt Kalish, Paul Liberman and Jason Robins, DraftKings is headquartered in Boston, MA, and offers daily fantasy sports contests across 11 professional sports in 8 countries including the U.S., Canada, U.K and Australia. Now a licensed operator in New Jersey, DraftKings Sportsbook allows players in the state to engage in betting for major U.S. and international sports.

About VetsinTech

VetsinTech supports current and returning veterans with re-integration services, and by connecting them to the national technology ecosystem. VIT is committed to bringing together a tech-specific network, resources, and programs for our veterans interested in education, entrepreneurship, and employment.

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DraftKings Eyes English Premier League Season After Epic World Cup

Fans Across the Globe Submitted Nearly 11 Million Entries During Quadrennial Tournament

BOSTON, MA (August 10, 2018) – DraftKings Inc. welcomes the English Premier League (EPL) back to its platform after an epic World Cup performance that saw international customers account for nearly a quarter of the company’s entries during the tournament.

“The World Cup gave us the opportunity to reach soccer fans, globally, in a new and exciting way,” said Jeffrey Haas, DraftKings’ Chief International Officer. “As we now turn our attention to the start of the EPL season, we plan to carry over this momentum and broaden our international audience engagement even further.”

In the span of the World Cup, DraftKings received nearly 11 million entries from hundreds of thousands of customers globally, who collectively accounted for nearly $10 million in winnings. Canada, the United Kingdom and Germany represented the top countries outside the United States for total entry submissions, with the UK earning the highest value of payouts internationally at over $2 million.

Soccer’s grandest global spectacle shone a light on DraftKings’ offerings surrounding the sport, which continues to be a key business driver abroad. This year’s World Cup also featured more EPL players (106) than any other domestic league in the world1, so fans who watched the games and played DraftKings contests were provided a preview of Premier League players who could be daily fantasy stars when the season begins today.

In addition to the Classic mode salary cap format, which consists of building eight-player lineups from at least three different teams and representing a minimum of two separate matches, this season’s EPL contests on DraftKings will also feature Showdown for single-game matchups. Showdown, DraftKings’ newest fantasy game, works by having fans construct lineups of six flex players, and must feature at least one player from both teams, regardless of position. For soccer fans who want to organize their own private EPL contests of Classic or Showdown, DraftKings Leagues is also available throughout the entire season.

To learn more about EPL contests on DraftKings, visit www.draftkings.com

To enter DraftKings’ EPL $50K Season Kickoff contest, visit: https://bit.ly/2OjcnEM

For more details on DraftKings Classic Soccer, visit https://bit.ly/2M8MSth

For more details on DraftKings Soccer Showdown, visit https://bit.ly/2Mfqyxm

To create custom DraftKings Leagues, visit https://bit.ly/2M5YLQM

About DraftKings
DraftKings is a global sports technology and entertainment company that believes life is more fun with skin in the game. Its mission is to bring fans closer to the games they love via a unique combination of daily fantasy sports, sports betting and media platforms that, combined, deliver “The Game Inside The Game.” Founded in 2012 by Matt Kalish, Paul Liberman and Jason Robins, DraftKings is headquartered in Boston, MA, and offers daily fantasy sports contests across 11 professional sports in 8 countries including the U.S., Canada, U.K and Australia. Now a licensed operator in New Jersey, DraftKings Sportsbook allows players in the state to engage in betting for major U.S. and international sports.

1 The Guardian, “World Cup: which domestic league is best represented?,” https://bit.ly/2O4FpsP (July, 2018)

DraftKings Begins New Era With Official Launch of Sportsbook In New Jersey

First to Market in Mobile and Online Sports Betting  

BOSTON (August 6, 2018) – DraftKings Inc. announced today the launch of DraftKings Sportsbook, becoming the first company to offer legal online and mobile sports betting in New Jersey. As the world’s largest daily fantasy sports platform, DraftKings leveraged its best-in-class technology, advantageous positioning and extensive knowledge across sports to bring their Sportsbook product to market just a couple months after officially filing for a sports betting license with the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement.

“I am excited to begin this new chapter in our story by officially launching what I believe to be the most innovative, mobile sports betting product in the U.S.,” said Jason Robins, CEO and co-founder of DraftKings. “We have put immense thought and significant resources behind the development of DraftKings Sportsbook and I’m confident that sports fans in New Jersey will enjoy using it to make the experience of watching the games even more interesting and thrilling.”

The launch of DraftKings Sportsbook is the culmination of almost a year of intense preparation, with countless engineering, design, research and development resources all geared towards creating the best and most enjoyable mobile sports betting product for U.S. consumers. Through its unrivaled insight into the habits and preferences of American sports fans, DraftKings has tailored its Sportsbook app and online platform to offer sports fans in New Jersey the ability to place multiple types of bets, including live in-game bets, on major and niche U.S. and international sports. Moreover, DraftKings Sportsbook app and website allows consumers to seamlessly toggle between DraftKings’ Fantasy Sports and Sportsbook platforms, allowing consumers to place their bet and then draft their lineup with one click. Through its partnership with Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, N.J., announced earlier this year, DraftKings can now offer sports fans in the Garden State the opportunity to place bets.

DraftKings’ introduction of legal online and mobile sports betting begins in New Jersey, but the company is prepared to act in response to future legislative decisions in other states across the country. Earlier this year, DraftKings announced it entered into an agreement to provide a physical sportsbook at the del Lago Resort & Casino located in Waterloo, N.Y which enables both partners to create a mobile and online sports wagering option in the Empire State should legislation authorize online sports wagering.

Sports fans in New Jersey can now place their bets on the DraftKings Sportsbook app via iOS and Android or online at: sportsbook.draftkings.com

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About DraftKings
DraftKings is a global sports technology and entertainment company that believes life is more fun with skin in the game. Its mission is to bring fans closer to the games they love via a unique combination of daily fantasy sports, sports betting and media platforms that, combined, deliver “The Game Inside The Game.” Founded in 2012 by Matt Kalish, Paul Liberman and Jason Robins, DraftKings is headquartered in Boston, MA, and offers daily fantasy sports contests across 11 professional sports in 8 countries including the U.S., Canada, U.K and Australia. Now a licensed operator in New Jersey, DraftKings Sportsbook allows players in the state to engage in betting for major U.S. and international sports.

DraftKings Signs Landmark Deal For Sports Betting in New York

Partners With del Lago Resort & Casino in One of the Top Revenue Markets for Industry

 

BOSTON (July 16, 2018) – DraftKings Inc. and del Lago Resort & Casino announced today that they have entered into an agreement to provide a physical sportsbook at the del Lago Resort & Casino located in Waterloo, N.Y. In addition to partnering together on a retail sportsbook, this agreement also enables both partners to create a mobile and online sports wagering option in the Empire State should legislation authorize online sports wagering.

DraftKings is well positioned to capitalize on the New York market through its industry leading technology and more than 10 million customers. The company began work on its sportsbook product a year ago, immediately following the Supreme Court’s decision to take up New Jersey’s challenge to the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act.

“New York is one of the largest revenue opportunities for future sports wagering operators and we are thrilled to partner with del Lago Resort & Casino to offer sports fans a unique and novel sports betting experience, both at a physical sportsbook and on mobile when permitted,” said Jason Robins, CEO and co-founder of DraftKings.

Pending the adoption of a state law authorizing online sports wagering and corresponding regulations, DraftKings plans to leverage its experience in developing popular daily fantasy sports contests to launch a sports betting app along with a web-based platform in the state of New York.

“We see DraftKings as a fantastic and strategic partner in our sportsbook operation at del Lago Resort & Casino, and this deal represents a tremendous move forward for our property in general,” said Brent Stevens, co-chairman of del Lago and CEO of Peninsula Pacific. “Our partnership with DraftKings combines one of the most recognizable brands in sports with the top resort and casino brand in New York and represents an incredibly important moment for gaming in the Upstate region. We look forward to working closely with DraftKings to create a dynamic, engaging and innovative sports betting experience for New Yorkers.”

This is the second sports wagering partnership DraftKings has secured, having announced a similar partnership last month with Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, N.J., as their licensing partner for online sports betting in that state. DraftKings expects to offer mobile and online sports betting in New Jersey by the start of the NFL season.

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About DraftKings
DraftKings is an innovative sports-tech and media entertainment platform changing the way consumers engage with their favorite sports, teams and athletes by bringing fans closer to the game. DraftKings, headquartered in Boston, MA, offers sports games across 11 professional sports in the U.S., Canada, United Kingdom, Malta, Germany, Ireland, Austria and Australia. Founded in 2012 by Matt Kalish, Paul Liberman and Jason Robins, DraftKings makes sports better and better sports fans by creating the ‘Game Inside the Game.’

About del Lago Resort & Casino

Del Lago Resort & Casino is a $440 million casino, 205-room hotel and spa in Waterloo, New York. The mission behind del Lago Resort & Casino has been to act as a gateway to the Finger Lakes region, leveraging the natural beauty and unique offerings while enhancing tourism. Del Lago Resort & Casino features nearly 2,000 slot machines and 80 gaming tables, 8 food and beverage outlets including the award-winning Portico by Fabio Viviani, and The Vine, a 2,400-person entertainment center. Del Lago is a 50/50 partnership between Peninsula Pacific and Rochester based Wilmorite. For more information, visit delLagoResort.com.

 

DraftKings Serves Up Tennis as New Daily Fantasy Offering

Marks 11th Sport for Expanding Global Sports Entertainment Platform

BOSTON, MA (June 29, 2018) – DraftKings Inc., a leading brand in sports technology and entertainment, continues to bolster its daily fantasy sports vertical with the introduction of fantasy tennis in time for Wimbledon.

“We have always prioritized offering the most compelling games across the widest array of sports,” said Mark Nerenberg, DraftKings’ Vice President of Game Operations and Development. “By expanding into tennis, we have an opportunity to provide a new and engaging experience for our current customer base while broadening our reach to attract tennis fans, globally. Over 25 million people in the U.S. alone tuned in to watch Wimbledon last year1, and we want to be a part of that.”

Tennis has a significant presence in the sports community, with an estimated global following of one billion2 that ranks the sport among the most popular worldwide. Between the growing international market DraftKings has established, and the strong performance of more niche sports on the platform, fantasy tennis is poised to become a favorite among fantasy players.

To play Daily Fantasy Tennis on DraftKings, customers must draft six players while staying under the $50,000 salary cap. All tennis matches are the best of three sets, except for men’s Grand Slam matches, which are the best of five sets. Since DraftKings is combining both men’s and women’s matches in the same contests, scoring will differ depending on the match length. Daily Fantasy Tennis will be available for fans in all the regions where DraftKings operates.*

For more information about Daily Fantasy Tennis on DraftKings, please visit: https://bit.ly/2tOblYV

About DraftKings

DraftKings is an innovative sports-tech and media entertainment platform changing the way consumers engage with their favorite sports, teams and athletes by bringing fans closer to the game. DraftKings, headquartered in Boston, MA, offers daily and weekly fantasy sports contests across 11 professional sports in the U.S., Canada, United Kingdom, Malta, Germany, Ireland, Austria and Australia. Founded in 2012 by Matt Kalish, Paul Liberman and Jason Robins, DraftKings makes sports better and better sports fans by creating the ‘Game Inside the Game.’

1Statista, “Number of people who watched Wimbledon on TV within the last 12 months in the United States from spring 2008 to spring 2017 (in millions),” https://bit.ly/2N4Zs9X, (Sept. 2017)

2World Atlas, “The Most Popular Sports In The World,” https://bit.ly/2NbIBCb, (Apr. 2018)

*Customers located in the state of New York can play in free-to-play contests only.

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DraftKings Launches Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative

Company’s Tech for Heroes Program Trains Veterans for High-Tech Jobs

Boston, MA (June 14, 2018) – DraftKings Inc. announced today the launch of the company’s inaugural corporate social responsibility initiative, Tech for Heroes, which will provide current and returning veterans with free, comprehensive, high-tech job skills training. DraftKings is launching its first training class this month in Boston and has plans to expand the program to additional cities this fall.

“After serving our country, veterans face unique challenges in navigating the civilian job market and finding meaningful and rewarding employment, especially in the tech sector,” said Jason Robins, co-founder and CEO of DraftKings. “DraftKings’ Tech for Heroes program will help veterans break into tech careers by ensuring they have the skills innovative companies require.”

The inaugural Tech for Heroes class will participate in a 10-week course in front-end web development. In addition to ensuring veterans are receiving top-level training, DraftKings’ employees will be working with the veterans to deepen their understanding of employment opportunities at high-tech companies and strengthen their interview skills and resumes. DraftKings’ employees will also serve as peer-to-peer mentors to further support Tech for Heroes graduates pursuing careers in tech.

DraftKings will be working with VetsinTech, a national nonprofit which provides current and returning veterans with re-integration services and access to employment opportunities.

“VetsinTech is thrilled to be working with DraftKings on its Tech for Heroes initiative,” said Katherine Webster, founder and CEO of VetsinTech. “The training provided by DraftKings will make a difference in the lives of many veterans and set them on the path to high paying tech careers.”

Additionally, DraftKings will allow its customers to support the Tech for Heroes initiatives through regular charitable fantasy sports contests with all entry fees going to helping veterans.

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About DraftKings

DraftKings is an innovative sports-tech and media entertainment platform changing the way consumers engage with their favorite sports, teams and athletes by bringing fans closer to the game. DraftKings, headquartered in Boston, MA, offers daily and weekly fantasy sports contests across ten professional sports in the U.S., Canada, United Kingdom, Malta, Germany, Ireland, Austria and Australia. Founded in 2012 by Matt Kalish, Paul Liberman and Jason Robins, DraftKings makes sports better and better sports fans by creating the ‘Game Inside the Game.’

About VetsinTech

VetsinTech supports current and returning veterans with re-integration services, and by connecting them to the national technology ecosystem. VIT is committed to bringing together a tech-specific network, resources, and programs for our veterans interested in education, entrepreneurship, and employment.

Media Contacts:

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