Since this review, StarsDraft.com has stopped offering daily fantasy sports in all but four states. We recommend that you try one of the other daily fantasy sports sites: DraftKings, Fanduel, or DraftDay.com.
StarsDraft.com is owned by Amaya Gaming - the same group that owns PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker.
The daily fantasy sports (DFS) website may look familiar. That's because Amaya Gaming bought Victiv.com and then moved the website to the new StarsDraft.com domain in August 2015.
If you have a Victiv account already - you can use the same credentials to log-in to StarsDraft.
In terms of traffic numbers - Victiv was ranked 3rd before being bought out. That's largely because of the free bankroll builder offer, which allows everyone to play for real money with no deposit required.
With the traffic Amaya Gaming has, it shouldn't take long for StarsDraft to grow. However, the competition is stiffer than it has ever been in 2015 - thanks in large part to other big US companies launching DFS sites.
However, some abrupt changes to the policies at StarsDraft have been made. Players residing in Michigan and Canada will no longer be able to access their account after January 1st 2016.
Anyone in Washington, Arizona, Louisiana, Iowa and Montana are already restricted from playing.
StarsDraft Bonus and PromotionsTo start - I want to explain the "Bankroll Builder" program. Most websites don't explain this feature correctly.
It's a great program, but not as good as it sounds until you make a qualifying deposit. As soon as you sign-up to StarsDraft, you'll get 5 Bankroll Builder Contest tickets, which can be used to enter H2H contests against a robot.
The StarsDraft robot is fairly to easy beat and each time you beat the robot, you get a $1 H2H beginner contest ticket, which can be used to play against a real opponent. You can earn up to $5 with no deposit or risk.
Once you make a deposit, you get 5 Bankroll Builder Deposit Contest tickets to play against the robot again.
This time if you beat the robot, you get a $2 contest ticket, which can be used to enter any $2 contests. In total you can get up to $15 free from the offer, but it will require you to make a qualifying deposit.
StarsDraft also offers a 100% bonus for up to $250 on first deposits.
The bonus is cleared at a 2% rate, which means for every $100 you use towards buy-ins, you'll clear $2 of the bonus. StarsDraft runs a great loyalty program as well - offering up to 18% in cashback on the rake.
There are three loyalty tiers (Gold, Silver & Bronze). Every time you play at StarsDraft you'll earn player points, which can be used towards real money contest tickets or other merchandise in the loyalty store.
StarsDraft Contest Formats and Available SportsThe selection of contests and sports are growing at StarsDraft, but there's still room for improvement.
As of right now - the sports available include the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL and PGA. There are no college sports yet, but those really aren't too popular anyways. However, a lot of DFS players enjoy a bigger selection.
It'd be nice to see UFC, NASCAR and soccer added to the mix once traffic picks up.
The contest formats include guaranteed prize pools (GPPs) with a large number of entries, standard contests, double-ups (50% of the contest wins), heads-up contests and satellites contests.
The GPPs are lacking due to the size of StarsDraft right now, but the double-ups and heads-up contests are a great money maker. A lot of beginner DFS players are attracted to StarsDraft due to the bankroll builder.
This means a lot of the small buy-in contests have a weaker field than other DFS sites of similar size.
StarsDraft biggest regular-running GPP contest is the $100,000 NFL First Down ($10 Buy-in). There are 11,250 entries and the top 3000 places get paid out, but it's hard to get too excited about this GPP.
There are much bigger GPPs at similar buy-in levels across the industry.
How to play DFS at StarsDraftIf you've played daily fantasy sports elsewhere - you already know how to play at StarsDraft.
For those that don't know - you get a salary cap to build a line-up. The LU restrictions are different for every sport that's available, so make sure you read the rules for the sport you're playing.
Once you build a line-up, you wait until the games begin. Your players will score points based on the scoring rules for that sport. For example, QB's score points for passing yards, rushing yards and TD's.
Scores are updated in real-time, so you can follow along to see how you're doing.
StarsDraft has a unique feature called "Victron". Once you choose two players, you can launch Victron and the tool will build a line-up based on your preferences. You can set your preferences by adjusting several filters.
The preferences you can adjust include passing yards (High/Low), rushing yards (High/Low), receiving yards (High/Low), touchdowns (High/Low, match-up (High/Low) and performance (Recent/Historical).
None of the other DFS sites offer a LU tool such as what's available at StarsDraft and it's a great tool for new players. However, there are a lot of 3rd party line-up building tools that are now even more expansive.
StarsDraft Banking and Customer ServiceBanking could be any simpler at StarsDraft and that goes for every DFS website. Daily fantasy sports are 100% legal in the United States, so the only banking methods are credit/debit cards and Paypal.
I use Paypal, but you can use Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover if you prefer. There are no deposit fees. Payouts are free and available through Paypal or check ($100 Minimum for a check).
Support is available through email only right now (Support@StarsDraft.com).
Emails are answered as quick as possible, but you can also view the expansive support section to see if you can find an answer to your question that way.
ConclusionStarsDraft has a lot going for it - it's owned by Amaya Gaming -- a company with tons of traffic.
However, Amaya Gaming has stated that investment in this vertical won't happen overnight. They want to see how the industry continues to grow, but there's no doubt Americans will love their time with StarsDraft.
If you don't play GPPs - there's no reason not to play here -- as they offer everything else. They have GPPs too, but as mentioned earlier in the review, they're smaller than bigger competitors.