Star Fantasy Review

star-logoWho they are

Star Fantasy Leagues was founded in April 2012 as a daily fantasy sports site by two brothers Justin and Zach Stanley who are also avid fantasy gaming fans. Star Fantasy League is aiming to revolutionize the industry by introducing innovative features such offering a combination of both season long and daily games. Star Fantasy Leagues also received funds from a private equity firm underwriting one of the leading investors in the finance industry which shows that Star Fantasy Leagues is set to grow in the fantasy gaming arena.

What they offer

Players at Star Fantasy Leagues can take part in the four main sports NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB under several gaming categories including:

  • Guaranteed Prize Pools (GPPs): These are the normal GPPs featured on any daily fantasy gaming site and at Star Fantasy Leagues, players are allowed multiple entries for GPPs. The value of buy-ins are small, but the payout is top-heavy in GPPs.
  • Double and Triple-Ups: Here players who reach the upper half or upper third of the field can win 2-3 times the values of their buy-in (minus the rake).
  • Heads-Up: Similar to double-ups, but there is just winner as opposed to multiple winners in double/triple-ups.  
  • Winner Take All: Confident players can participate in these 3-5 contestant games where the winner claims the prize pool in its entirety.
  • Season: For players who do not like the rush of picking a new roster each day.

Getting Started

The registration process on Star Fantasy Leagues might appear to be a bit intimidating and be a put off for some prospective players since in addition to the regular details you need to provide to any fantasy gaming site for registration, Star Fantasy Leagues also requires the last 4 digits of your social security code.

Star Fantasy Leagues is in partnership with IDology and requires this information only to ensure that no single player can have multiple accounts of Star Fantasy leagues by providing fake details. Thus this move actually makes the playing field fair for everyone who signs up at Star Fantasy Leagues.

In addition players in states of British Columbia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, need to be at least 19 years of age to register at Star Fantasy Leagues while unfortunately prospective players resident in the states of Arizona, Iowa, Louisiana, Montana, Vermont, Quebec are not allowed to register at Star Fantasy Leagues (this is for states in both USA and Canada).

Payments and Bonuses

Deposits can be made at Star Fantasy Leagues through credit cards, Dwolla, PayPal as well as Skrill. The minimum value of a deposit that is accepted is $10.

The deposit bonus is offered at a percentage of 20% which is extremely low in comparison to the industry. However it does come with its own merit. With most other sites capping off the deposit bonus at a certain value, Star Fantasy Leagues does not impose a limit on the value of the deposit bonus which can be claimed. Just like most other fantasy gaming sites, the deposit bonus can be claimed upon playing cash games and is released at a rate of 20%.

Mastering site navigation

Star Fantasy Leagues has a clean and simple interface and the main lobby displays all available games with multiple filters such as sport, game size, league duration, etc. that enables players to select games of their choice.

The drafting process at Star Fantasy Leagues is also simple and players can be sorted by position, team and match up in the player pool area. The roster can be viewed on the right of the player pool in addition to other statistics including player profiles and information on injuries that can be referenced when creating daily lineups.

Star Fantasy Leagues also allows submission of the SMA lineup of players for multiple games via an import/export feature.

In addition Star Fantasy Leagues also provides a live chat feature to interact with other players in the community as well a live scoring feature that lets you track your team’s performance throughout the day.

Rake

Star Fantasy Leagues charges a percentage off payments made by players in the form of a commission known as the rake. The amount charged is within industry standards and the percentage drops when the value of the tournament increases.

Lower valued tournaments are charged a rake of 10% from the prize pool while for higher valued tournaments the rake can drop to as much as 5% of the prize pool

Mobile Device Compatibility

Star Fantasy Leagues does not yet offer an app on an android or IOS platform. However their website is functional on mobile devices and there is hardly a change in the experience in comparison to experiencing Star Fantasy Leagues on a desktop device.

Thus, players browsing Star Fantasy Leagues on a mobile device can:

  • View account information
  • Edit lineups
  • Deposit funds
  • Browse the Contest Lobby to enter events etc.

Support

Star Fantasy Leagues offers an extremely good customer service to its players and responses to queries are prompt and handled efficiently. Support is offered via email and there is also a live chat option where a representative of Star Fantasy Leagues can be contacted instantaneously. In addition there is a large community of Star Fantasy Leagues players online who are also almost always more than willing to help fellow players out of various tough spots.

Conclusion

Star Fantasy Leagues is a fantasy sports provider with an easy to use website, a mild learning curve for amateurs, and a growing online community of players as well a wide range of tournaments to choose from. Definitely set to reach new heights in the fantasy gaming industry, Star Fantasy Leagues is definitely a site worth checking for fantasy gaming fans out there.

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