Fantasy Hub is a daily fantasy site that has successfully integrated a charitable component into an industry that is perceived as largely self-indulgent. While offering a traditional array of daily fantasy contests, it also incorporates several proprietary features and user incentives designed to set it apart in the considerably competitive DFS landscape.
Fantasy Hub’s contests each have a predetermined amount of proceeds that will be donated to charity—ranging from 1% to 100%—thereby allowing its users to select what percentage they want to donate through their participation. The site has also partnered with prominent past and present professional athletes—including Bo Jackson, Albert Pujols and Kurt Warner—to host contests that benefit their respective charitable foundations and that offer personalized memorabilia from the athletes themselves as prizes. The site has currently raised over $196,000, with the amount naturally increasing on a daily basis.
Fantasy Hub users can even raise money for a good cause by creating their own contests. The users set the entry fee, select the sport the contest is based on, and also set the contest size. Fantasy Hub hosts the contests and handles all of the logistics of its operation, and then sends .80 cents of every dollar generated in entry fees to the charity of the user’s choice. Fantasy Hub requires that users elect a charity that is a registered 501c3 organization.
Game Options and Payout Structures
Fantasy Hub users have the option of selecting from NFL, NBA, NCAA basketball, NHL and MLB games. The site offers a nice mix of traditional contest formats and some that are unique to their platform. These include:
- Athlete Leagues: These are contests sponsored by past and present professional athletes, typically at the $5 and $10 buy-in levels, in which contestants have a chance to win prizes that include various memorabilia signed by the player. A portion of the proceeds generated by the entry fees also benefit the athlete’s primary charity. Participating professionals included the Ravens’ Chris Canty, two-time NFL MVP Kurt Warner, legendary receiver Isaac Bruce, current NFL wide receiver Greg Jennings and MLB superstar Albert Pujols.
- Large-Field Tournaments: Fantasy Hub offers a variety of larger field GPPs with a wide range of prize pools. While they don’t yet approximate the payouts found in the industry leaders’ larger contests, Fantasy Hub is constantly striving to boost the size and overall value of their GPPs. They recently ran the holiday-inspired Candy Cane GPP for NBA, which ran on Christmas Day and boasted a total prize pool of $50,000 and maximum player pool of 2,750. The first-place winner was awarded $2,500, with second and third place receiving $1,500 and $1,000, respectively. The entry fee range for Fantasy Hub GPPs start as low as .25 cents for their Quarter Arcade contests and go as high as $100 for their Chamberlain (NBA) and Hail Mary (NFL) tournaments.
- Classic Contests: These are traditional one-night/one-week “leagues” of 5, 10, or 20 players that have buy-ins ranging from as low as .25 cents to $100. There are also leagues where a specific amount of tickets are utilized as the buy-in “currency”, and which offer larger increments of tickets as prizes.
- Head 2 Head: Traditional head-to-head encounters with buy-ins ranging from $1 to $100.
- Daily Doubles: A “double up” contest where approximately half the field doubles their entry fee.
Through the “My Account” menu, users can make deposits and withdrawals, see any pending bonus amount, total winnings on the site, the total amount of charitable contributions their gameplay has generated, and the total amount of site tickets they’ve accumulated. The minimum initial deposit is $10, while the minimum withdrawal is $20. When making a new deposit, a user is also asked to select one of four charities for Fantasy Hub to donate to as a thank you for the user having added funds to their account.
Fantasy Hub accepts PayPal and DWOLLA, along with Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover credit cards for deposits. Withdrawals can be made through PayPal, DWOLLA or by check. Users must win more than $10 to be able to cash out on their winnings, and can always refund their original deposit amount.
Fantasy Hub Sign-up Bonus
Fantasy Hub currently offers first-time depositors a 300% deposit match up to $500, which clears at a 4% rate for every $1 spent in entry fees on the site.
Web Browser: All Fantasy Hub functionality is available directly through their website, which is accessible through all modern browsers.
Mobile client: Fantasy Hub’s site is comfortably accessed and navigated through all mobile devices, and they debuted their native mobile app in October 2015. The app is compatible with all devices running i0S 6.0 or later versions, and is compatible with iPhones, iPads and iPod Touch.
Where is Fantasy Hub Legal?
Fantasy Hub is currently legal throughout the continental United States with the exception of Arizona, Iowa, Louisiana, Montana, Nevada and Washington. It is also legal throughout Canada, except in the province of Quebec.
Fantasy Hub Promotions and Special Events
Refer-A-Friend: Fantasy Hub runs a variety of referral promotions at different times, including free entries for both the current and new user into large field tournaments.
Commemorative GPPs: In October 2015, the site celebrated reaching the milestone $100,000 raised for charity by running a $100,000 NFL GPP and $50,000 NBA GPP.
$500 Friend-Vitation Freeroll: The site has announced it will run a $500 freeroll when a total of 5,000 friend invites to the site have been reached.
Additional Conditional Freerolls: The site regularly offers freerolls beyond a standard one that is open to all users. These extra contests require the user to meet certain conditions to gain entry. For example, the NFL Make an Impact Freeroll requires that the user add at least the minimally required existing user deposit of $10 to their account within that same week to gain entry. Meanwhile, the Sharing Is Caring Freeroll requires the user to share the site’s link on their Twitter or Facebook account in order to gain entry.
Tickets: Fantasy Hub utilizes a unique “ticket” system, in which users of the site are currently awarded a certain amount of tickets per day just for logging in to the site. Tickets can be used to enter contests on the site and purchase merchandise.
Hot Streaks: Hot Streaks work in conjunction with the site’s ticket system, and is designed to encourage users to log into the site at least once daily. A user builds up a hot streak by earning a point for each daily log-in and one for each contest entered into as well. Reaching various Hot Streak milestones—currently set at 10, 25, 50 and 100—award the user a predetermined amount of tickets and also ups the allotment of tickets they are awarded for each daily log-in. The Hot Streak resets if the user misses logging in for a day, thereby encouraging constant use of the site.
Fantasy Hub is rightfully gaining recognition as one of the best “secondary” DFS options in the industry. Not only is its functionality user-friendly and efficient, but it offers a solid array of contest types and promotions, some of which help differentiate it from many of the other players in a very competitive landscape. There are also regular overlay opportunities in many of the larger tournaments that offer solid profit potential.
Additionally, the unique charitable component of the site not only serves a highly noble and valuable purpose, but exemplifies one of the many positive aspects of the industry that the mainstream media, and most legislators and attorneys general, have proven to be largely ignorant of during the firestorm of controversy of the past several months.