Draftstars breaks record for Fantasy Sports prize pool offering in Australia

Australia’s leading Fantasy Sports operator just completed the biggest ever fantasy sports contest on the AFL Grand Final.

SYDNEY, October 2, 2018 – A record-breaking prize pool was paid out to more than 1600 savvy punters by Australia’s biggest fantasy sports platform, Draftstars, following the conclusion of the AFL Grand Final. The final capped the biggest year in the platform’s history, after being acquired earlier in the year by fellow Australian fantasy sports operator PlayUp.

Over 6500 fantasy team line-ups were entered into the competition, swelling the winnings paid out to over $112,000 in what some have touted one of the greatest grand finals ever.

First place went to JRod78 who took home over $10,000 after edging the nearest competition by two – accruing an indomitable 923 points.

JRod78 demonstrated prophetic abilities in his nine selections, which included superstar forward Josh Kennedy and Norm Smith medallist Luke Shuey. Winning goal kicker Dom Sheed rounded out the selections in what surely saw the punter over the line, providing a finish almost enthralling as the game itself.

The NRL Grand final also produced a huge cash prize pool of $30,000, with payouts going to 590 players. Cameron Smith and Josh Addo-Carr were the predictable heavy hitters as the top prize of over $3800 was scooped up with 420.45 points.

PlayUp CEO Daniel Simic said, “We have been trying to get the prize pools up to these levels for over four years and to finally see mass entries and a significant prize pool is extremely exciting,”

“We will continue to grow Draftstars and look to grow these prize pools to be even bigger for our Australian citizens-only contests.”


About Draftstars

Draftstars was founded in 2015 to bring a world leading daily fantasy sports (DFS) platform to Australia. The Draftstars platform provides opportunities to wager on daily fantasy sports games spanning major local and international sporting codes such as the AFL, NRL, NBA and more.

About PlayUp

PlayUp is a Premium Betting Entertainment and Technology Group that enriches the lives of people through entertaining, rewarding and responsible online betting. We develop innovative online betting technologies in-house to power our brand and deliver world-class user experiences. Our energies are focused on fulfilling the needs of dedicated and passionate users who seek a deeper connection to the games they play.

Today, we successfully operate and power a highly scalable and robust, cloud-based online betting platform that unifies the world’s favourite betting products including Fixed Odds Sports Betting, Fixed-Odds Racing (Horses and Greyhounds) and Esports. Additionally, we offer Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS), a competitive format of peer-to-peer online betting, where we host Australia’s largest and indeed some of the globe’s biggest DFS prize pools.

We hold betting licences in multiple jurisdictions and currently operate in Australia, New Zealand, India and the US. Our biggest market is Australia, where we are the largest and most recognised DFS provider in the country and one of the fastest growing fixed-odds providers. In the USA, we have secured licensing and access to the nascent online sports betting market with imminent launch into multiple states.