Fair MatchTM

Our Fair Match contest structure features separate lobbies for low and high stakes contests and a revolutionary approach to multi-entry that levels the playing field for single and multi-entry users.

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Separate Lobbies

Draftboard features separate lobbies for Rookie ($1-$5) and Veteran ($10-$50) contests. You may only enter contests in one lobby on a given day for each sport.

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multi-entry done right

At game time, Draftboard places your entries into contests with randomly selected, unique opponents from the same contest type. The Fair Match system matches first entries against first entries, second versus second, and third versus third.*

See Fair Match: An In Depth Example for more details.

Partially Full contests

In some cases you will find yourself in a contest with less than the normal amount of users present, and in rare circumstances you might be all by yourself. Prize payouts are not altered when this occurs, meaning in the latter case you would be guaranteed first place prize money for that contest no matter how your lineup performs!

Crossover Contests*

A crossover contest occurs when there is an uneven number of first or second entries present in a contest type. For example, if 199 users enter the $1 NFL 50/50, the 20th ten user contest created will contain nine users’ first entry and one user’s second entry. The maximum number of crossover contests per contest type is two.

Refunded Entries

Your first entry is guaranteed to be placed in a contest no matter how many other users registered for that contest type. Subsequent contests will only run if full. This means that your second and third entries are not guaranteed to be placed in a contest. Any entries not placed in contests will be refunded in full. See Fair Match: An In Depth Example for more details.


an in-depth example


The $50 NFL Tourney contest type received 25 entries from 14 users. You entered once, with your entry indicated as N1.


Using only first entries, we randomly select entries and form as many full 10 entry contests as we can. In this example of 14 first entries, Contest 1 is created and four entries remain.


The four remaining entries from Step 1 are placed in Contest 2 with the remaining six spots filled by randomly selected second entries, leaving B2 as the only 2nd entry remaining. In this case entry B2 is ineligible for Contest 2 as it already contains user B’s first entry. Contest 2 is a crossover contest as it contains both first entries and second entries.


The one remaining entry from Step 2 (B2) is placed in Contest 3 along with third entries A3, C3, and D3. B3 is ineligible for contest 3 as it already contains user B’s second entry. Contest 3 has less than 10 users so it is cancelled and entries B2, A3, B3, C3, and D3 are refunded.