The Grand Fantasy platform was developed specifically for the Minnesota casinos that are behind the effort.
The DFS software is a lot like what you will find at many other sites. Contests are based on picking a roster of real-world athletes to be on your fantasy team.
Players are selected under a salary-cap model, in that users have a finite amount of imaginary money to create a lineup. Each player has a different “salary,” with better players costing more.
Once you have entered a contest, you can track your lineup’s performance live on the site. Your lineups score points based on what they do in the real-world games. The top users in a contest win cash prizes.
The GFS platform is powered by real-time statistics from Sportradar, which is also used by industry leader FanDuel.
Currently, Grand Fantasy Sports is only available via a browser-based client. However, the client is optimized for mobile use.
Grand Fantasy currently offers contests for NFL, with plans to add Major League Baseball and other sports eventually.
Contests generally consist of offerings with and without guaranteed prize pools, with the former offering larger fields and the latter smaller fields.
Signing up for Grand Fantasy Sports is a relatively straightforward process that entails providing a few pieces of information including name, date of birth, email and state of residence.
You will not be allowed to register if you are located in a restricted state.
All cashiering on Grand Fantasy Sports — both depositing and withdrawing money — is done via PayPal.
Paying directly via credit or debit card is not currently an option.
Right now, Grand Fantasy takes users in a limited number of states:
The GFS platform was developed by Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures, the business arm of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe in Minnesota.
That tribe owns and operates Grand Casino Mille Lacs and Grand Casino Hinckley in the state.
The company originally rolled out the platform for free-play only, and is now offering real-money contests in some jurisdictions. This is aimed at creating a network of DFS sites, aimed mostly at tribal gaming interests in other states.
The platform behind Grand Fantasy Sports is being leveraged as a white-label solution for anyone wanting to operate a DFS site.