Fantasy Aces Review
Fantasy Aces opened up shop just in time for opening day of the 2013 Major League Baseball season. The Southern California-based site soon inked a sponsorship deal with 2012 World Series MVP Pablo Sandoval, a move which raised eyebrows due to the fact that the MLB hadn’t taken a position on the industry at the time.
In September 2013, Fantasy Aces announced a partnership deal with another pro, this time tapping NFL running back Matt Forte, to host weekly Guarantee Prize Pools (GPPs) on the site. Apart from pro-sponsorships, Fantasy Aces has strived to gain a foothold into the industry with its universally available software and innovative betting formats.
Game Options and Payout Structures
Fantasy Aces users can take their pick of MLB, CFB, NFL, NBA and NHL games. The site offers several contest formats, including:
- Winner Take All: these are games with 2-5 players, where the winning player takes home all of the cash.
- Top 2 and Top 3: in these contests, the top 2, or top 3 scoring players share in the prize money.
- 50/50: this format is common amongst DFS sites and awards the top 50% of players with double their buy-in.
- Qualifiers: these contests reward winning players with a buy-in for a more expensive event
- Salary Pro: these games use a “flex” salary system and allow users to draft players which exceed the salary cap in exchange for a points penalty. On the flipside, users who do not go over the limit receive a points Bonus.
Through the “My Account” menu option, users can make deposits and withdrawals, check the status of their bonuses and points, and manage their referral links. Fantasy Aces accepts PayPal, along with Visa, MasterCard and Discover credit cards for deposits. As is standard in the DFS industry, withdrawals can be made through PayPal or by check.
Fantasy Aces Sign-Up Bonus
New players can receive a 100% match bonus up to $250, which isn’t as high as some of its competitors. The bonus clears at the industry-standard rate of 4% of entry fees paid.
- Web browser: all Fantasy Aces functions are available right through the website, which can be accessed by all modern browsers.
- Mobile client: the site sports a responsive design and provides the best experience whether you’re using a tablet or mobile browser. Fantasy Aces does not yet offer a dedicated iOS or Android app.
Where is Fantasy Aces Legal?
Real money play is 100% legal inside the US. However, due to the questionable nature of the game in Arkansas, Arizona, Iowa, Louisiana, Montana, Tennessee and Washington, users in those states are only allowed to play for free money.
Fantasy Aces Promotions and Special Events
- Live NBA final: this event will kick off in Newport Beach, California on April 4, 2015. The contest gives players a chance to share in a $100,000 prize pool and showcase their skills live and in person.
- Refer-a-Friend: users who refer new players are entitled to 20% of the rake which that player generates.
- Monthly Wins Bonus: with this feature, Fantasy Aces offers something akin to rakeback in online poker. Whenever a player wins 20 contests during a month, they will receive a bonus payout for any future wins they secure during that month.
While its website design leaves something to be desired, Fantasy Aces is a solid option for DFS users. The site offers an innovative game format in its Salary-Cap Pro feature, which allows players to draft using a “flex” system. At the moment, the site does not offer a mobile app, but players can easily manage their account using a tablet or mobile browser.
Fantasy Aces sign-up bonus clears at the industry standard rate of 4%, but tops out at $250. On the positive side, the site’s Refer-a-Friend option is generous, awarding users with 20% of players they refer.