Draftstars review

How to play fantasy sports for money

Draftstars is an Australian daily fantasy sports betting platform that allows users to enter a daily competition and play for monetary rewards.

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About Draftstars

Draftstars Pty Ltd is owned by PlayUp Interactive Ltd, the same company that owns Australia’s newest bookmaker, PlayUp. Draftstars is licensed and regulated by the Northern Territory Racing Commission. Draftstars was previously owned by News Corp and betting operator BetEasy. Wagering on fantasy competitions may be new to Australia sports fans but, it has proven to be a commercial hit over in the United States where entry fees totalled $3.2 billion in 2015.

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How it works

After registering an account and depositing funds, go to the ‘lobby’ interface to see what contests are open and available to play. Remember, you must have deposited funds into your account to be eligible to play. There will be a range of competitions for you to choose from: for example, you can choose to enter a different contest on a selected AFL match.

Fantasy competitions are not new to the Australian sporting landscape, AFL fans will be familiar with the DreamTeam and SuperCoach competitions. There are a few significant differences with the new Draftstars game: contests are much shorter, some last only one game; there are financial rewards up for grabs, and in most cases, entrants must pay to enter a fantasy contest.

selection of AFL fantasy contests to play
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How to enter

  • You need to 18 years or older in order to play
  • You then need to make an initial deposit in order to enter contests
  • You are now ready to choose a contest from the ‘lobby’ interface
  • Use your knowledge to select your fantasy team
  • Watch the contest live or follow scoring on the Draftstars app






Entry fees and prize money

For each match, there is a range of games you can enter. Some contests cost $2 to enter and there are only 10 players, whilst some contests cost $15 to enter but are open to up to 750 players. The difference is the prize pool, the smaller contest carries with it a purse of just $18, whilst the larger competition has a total prize pool of $30,000. You get to choose the contest you want to enter.



Draftstars’ cut

Similar to the machinations of a totalisator system, the Draftstars fantasy betting operation takes a cut from each contest, usually something in the vicinity of 11-12%. All other monies are distributed amongst the winning participants.




Scoring varies depending on the sport and the market for which the competition is based. The scoring for the AFL fantasy game, for example, is similar to that for other reality-based competitions. Every kick scores 3 points, a handball 2, a goal 6 and a tackle earns 4 points.

What is a Turbo Contest?

A Turbo Contest is one where you only need to select six players. The Turbo contest caters for time-poor entrants and makes competition entry swift and efficient. With this format, you only need to select one player from the lists provided.

In summary

The Draftstars’ daily sports fantasy platform continues to gain traction in Australia. Draftstars now faces stiff competition from fellow fantasy sports platform SportChamps. The format has proven to be a success in the North American market, and Australian sports fans already have experience with reality-based selection competitions. It’s going to be interesting to see how Australia’s other leading wagering providers respond and counter the growing popularity of fantasy sports betting.

Selecting a team for AFL competitions

Unlike season-long fantasy sports competitions that require you to fill every position on the AFL ground, the Draftstars daily sports fantasy game only requires you to select nine players that go into your team for the match. This has been dubbed a ‘salary contest’ by the organisers. The salary cap for the nine players is capped at $100,000, hence where the skill comes in from entrants to select the best nine players within the cap restrictions.

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