DraftFuel is a new app* that allows you to fund your sportsbook, online casino, and daily fantasy sports accounts without breaking the bank!
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PHILADELPHIA, PA (November 15th, 2021) – DraftFuel, a FinTech startup in the online
sportsbook, casino, and daily fantasy sports space, is launching an app and Discover prepaid
card product. As more states legalize sports betting, DraftFuel seeks to help consumers take a
proactive approach to responsible gaming by providing financial guardrails for the influx of new
players flooding the market.
Co-founder Alex Cullingford added, “We wanted to create DraftFuel to help individuals of any
experience level enjoy guilt-free gaming. That’s why, beyond the app itself, we will be producing
content that our user-base can take advantage of to make smart, responsible decisions.”
Acting as a dedicated gaming fund, the app + debit card enables users to accumulate money in
their DraftFuel account via two primary methods. Users can connect their pre-existing debit or
credit cards to the app to be monitored for the accumulation of “spare change” from everyday
purchases such as gas and coffee. In addition, users can set up a fixed percentage of their bank
deposits (Ex: up to 5% of direct deposits) to be automatically transferred to their DraftFuel
account. Both methods mitigate risk by empowering users to only play with “true discretionary
This announcement is enabled by DraftFuel’s partnership with Central Payments and their
Open*CP Fintech API Marketplace, one of the only true bank-as-a-service payments platforms
powered by a full-scale digital payments bank. Open*CP provides access to the entire
payments ecosystem through its embedded suite of services. As a participant in the third cohort
of Falls Fintech, a Central Payments accelerator program, DraftFuel found an elite, long-term
partner with Central Payments. Falls Fintech and Central Payments provided a large network of
industry leaders, progressive curriculum, bank partner, and access to Open*CP’s entire
payments ecosystem to expedite DraftFuel’s market readiness.
The app will be able to be used at all major online sportsbooks, casinos, and sports fantasy
sites. In addition, the accompanying prepaid card can be used for everyday purchases as well.
DraftFuel has partnered with Discover Global Network, allowing their customers to make
purchases anywhere Discover is accepted.
“Partnering with a company like DraftFuel is an example of how we’re introducing exciting new
payment methods into a growing industry.” said Dane James, Global Business Development at
Discover Global Network.
In 2020, $21 Billion was wagered in just 20 states that offered legalized sports betting. As more
states pass legislation to legalize the activity, that number could skyrocket. The need for a
financial platform like DraftFuel will mirror that rise as new, inexperienced players enter the
space. In addition to the product itself, DraftFuel is committed to adding value to the
marketplace by providing educational resources that will reaffirm their higher purpose – that of
The app and Discover prepaid card are currently scheduled for release in the Fall of 2021, and
those interested can join the waitlist at DraftFuel.com.
DraftFuel was co-founded by Tom Mangan and Alex Cullingford in 2019 when a discussion
during a family vacation led to identifying an opportunity to create value in the online gaming
sector. DraftFuel is a secure bankroll management platform that helps individuals self-regulate
their online gaming budget. Accumulated funds can be seamlessly deposited to a user’s gaming
account or used for purchases wherever Discover is accepted. Additional features include odds
comparison tables and promotional offers. For more information, visit DraftFuel.com.
About Central Payments
Central Payments is the payments subsidiary of Central Bank of Kansas City and is
headquartered in South Dakota. Central Payments administers payment solutions for partners
through its own Open*CP Fintech API Marketplace, one of the only true bank-as-a-service
payments platforms and the technology responsible for Central Payments’ rise to the fastest
growing prepaid card issuer since 2015.* Along with its fintech accelerator program, Falls
Fintech, Central Payments produces a podcast called Fintech Brews & News where you can
find unique perspectives on how to bridge the gap between banking, startups, and the entire
fintech industry. Member FDIC.
* Source: The Nilson Report, 2015 to 2019.
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