Poker Auction Draft Overview

Format Summary

If you've ever watched poker on TV, you have an idea of how this turn-based auction draft format works.

Following the draft order, teams take turns bidding on the active player. On each turn, a team owner can raise the current bid and become the high bidder or else fold. Once folded, a team cannot bid on the active player anymore.

Bidding continues until only one team hasn't folded, at which point they win the auction and the active player is added to their roster.

Before bidding can begin, an eligible player must be nominated from the Undrafted Players Pool.

Drafty engineers have developed 5 unique nomination formats that can be employed for any auction draft.

When a nominated player comes up for auction, the team who nominated them gets the first turn. Subsequent turns follow the predefined draft order. A team whose roster is full or budget empty will have their turn skipped.

Teams are given several buttons they can use to strategically participate in bidding on their turn.

Some of these buttons are exclusive to Drafty, so practicing in a mock draft is highly recommended to gain familiarity.

The Min Bid button will raise the current bid by the minimum amount in order to claim the high bid. The default bid increment is $1 and can be changed by the commissioner in the Draft Settings.

The Auto Bid button will automatically place a Min Bid on each turn until the current bid surpasses the team owner's predefined target bid.

The Flash Bid button places a new bid for the amount manually entered by the team owner as the target bid.

The Match Bid button will overtake the current high bid without incrementing it. This button can only be used by the team who nominated the active player; it is turned off by default and the commissioner can enable it in the Draft Settings..

Every bid is verified against eligibility rules to ensure it is valid.

Drafty is the most customizable draft platform on the planet so most rules can be adjusted to accommodate your league's traditions and preferences.

A typical 12-team redraft league with 15 players on each team can expect a Poker Auction Draft to last about 3 and a half to 4 and a half hours, making this one of the longest draft formats. Actual draft times will vary but don't worry - you can pause your draft at any time and resume it later, even on another day.

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If you have any questions just leave a comment or else you can open a Poker Auction Mock Draft to give this format a go. For tech support, please use the help panel in-draft for fastest response time.


Common questions about this format will be posted here so don't hesitate to ask!

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