• Introducing QuizzaMe

    Bringing game show fun out of the lounge room and into your venue!
  • Welcome to Full House Group

    We help Australian venues become the social hub of their community
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  • Poker

    Be a part of the biggest poker leagues in Australia

  • Your end to end sports bar marketing solution has arrived

    We are extremely excited to release a game changing sports bar marketing solution - Sportspick Game Zone
  • Sports Tipping

    Take the hassle out of your footy tipping with our local and national comps
  • Trivia

    Boost your bar and bistro with our exciting trivia events

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Your Venue

Full House Group’s entertainment solutions are designed to drive a number of key areas in your business.

Increase Visitation

Our entertainment options are designed to bring more patrons into your venue, more often.

Boost Food and Beverage

While enjoying a Full House Group event your patrons will make the most of your food and beverage offerings.

Reward Your Members

Give your patrons more reasons to visit and more opportunities to win cash and prizes when they do.

Leverage Our Network

Take advantage of our huge network of players. We will work with you to drive more players to your event.

Communicate

Our marketing capabilities mean you can reach out to your patrons to promote all aspects of your venue.

Sportspick

Take the hassle out of your footy tipping in 2018 with Sportspick

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Why Us

  • Our History
  • Our Process
  • Our Team
  • 1999

    Sportspick was launched as the nation’s first web based tipping comp via The Age

  • 2000

    With the backing of CUB Sportspick entered Victorian pubs and clubs and was hosted on a small EFTPOS style terminal

  • 2001

    Sportspick expanded into the South Australian (AFL) and New South Wales (NRL) markets

  • 2005

    Sportspick worked with TabCorp to develop the R&R loyalty program, with Sportpsick being a major component of the programs content

  • 2006

    Launch the National Poker League brand in South Australia, Victoria and Tasmania

  • 2007

    Business incorporating Sportspick and National Poker League becomes known as Full House Group

  • 2008

    Sportspick now hosted nationwide, after move into Western Australia and Northern Territory

  • 2009

    National Poker League rebrands to the 888 Poker League, Sportspick introduces Punters Challenge

  • 2011

    Full House Group takes over Australian Poker League, Australia’s biggest venue poker supplier

  • 2012

    Introduction of InnQUIZitive Trivia into over 100 venues on the East Coast. Launch first national poker final, The Main Event

  • 2013

    APL and 888PL send over 50 representatives to compete at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas

  • 2014

    Launch of QuizzaMe, the only fully hosted game show style trivia event for Australian venues

  • 2015

    Full House group becomes a major venue consultant during the launch of pre-commitment in Victorian gaming venues

  • 2016

    Launch of CoachKings, the world’s first Daily Fantasy Sports solution for pubs and clubs

  • Your needs

    Our Business Development Managers will liaise with you to discuss what areas of your venue we can assist in developing

  • Planning

    We will work with you to tailor an entertainment package designed to boost visitation and spend

  • Marketing

    We will promote your event to our network and your patrons through a range of marketing channels

  • Monitoring

    Our Business Development Managers will analyse and endeavour to maintain the growth of your events

Garry Nicholson – Chairman

A founding member and former CEO of the Full House Group Garry has overseen the expansion of the business into the poker and trivia markets. Garry is now responsible for sourcing new venue solutions, making sure our business partners have access to the most current entertainment options.

Brayden Haynes – CEO

Brayden joined the Full House Group in 2006 after a number of years in the Sports Marketing industry and was the driving force behind Full House Group’s move into the poker market. After taking over the role of CEO in 2013 Brayden has overseen Full House Group’s expansion into every Australian state and territory.

Peter Shaw - Executive Director

Peter was a founding member of the business, which started in 1999 as Sportspick. In the years since Peter has worked to oversee the implementation of a number of new initiatives at Full House Group. He now manages the Sales Team in their endeavours to provide the best entertainment packages to venues Australia wide.

Our Team

Full House Group is made up of an enthusiastic team with hundreds of years combined experience in the hospitality event and marketing industry.

Our team includes over 30 full times employees across our Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia and Queensland offices. We also boast an expansive network of Licensees, Business Development Managers and Tournament Directors and Hosts across the country.

Our team is by far the most experienced provider of venue entertainment and loyalty solutions in Australia and every member is keen to work with you in providing exciting events and promotions in your venue.

OUR VENUE PARTNERS

We are proud to work with some of Australia’s biggest and most iconic venues groups. Our partners have been great supporters of our entertainment solutions and with them we have driven visitation and built relationships with patrons across Australia.

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The Full House Project

Kick goals with the Grand Finals!

September 20, 2018
We’re now just over a week away from the biggest weekend on the Australian sporting calendar. On Saturday the 29th of September all eyes will be on the hallowed turf of the mighty MCG for the AFL Grand Final. The following day we turn our attention to ANZ Stadium. There’s history to be made in the NRL! Being part of the hospitality industry gives you a unique opportunity to be in the thick of the action. Punters will be pouring through your doors over the next couple of weekends. PROMOTION AS AN INVESTMENT On top of the games there will be live medal counts, highlights and analysis. Plus you will have every patron worth their salt chiming in with their own theories and observations. Basically, over the next ten days, everyone is going footy crazy! This period is an incredible opportunity for your venue. You can broadcast two of the biggest sporting events in the country on consecutive days and reap the benefits of the influx of patrons. Boost sports bar, bistro, TAB and gaming taking. It’s like shooting fish in a barrel. DO MORE FOR YOUR LIVE SPORTS WITH SPORTSPICK GAMEZONE In fact, the best venues I have seen take this opportunity to an all new level. They leave no stone unturned in getting the most out of this footy bonanza. Here are just a few ways they capitalise: Cross Promotion Good venues see the Grand Final as more than just a busy day in the Sports Bar. They use it as a chance to promote their poker tournaments and tribute shows. They encourage new patrons to enjoy a meal discount in the bistro. They offer entertainment and games for the kids. Return Patronage With the draw of the footy you will have footy fans in your venue who may never have set foot in the place before. Give away meal and drink specials to encourage sports fans to return to the venue at a later date. Promote and sell tickets to your upcoming venues. You never know who may end up being a regular patron. Pre and Post Match Events It doesn’t have to only be about the footy. With the boosted atmosphere and extra patrons you could consider putting on a DJ post-match. Or have a local band play. You could even consider a Grand Final Breakfast to encourage people to get in early and soak up the atmosphere. Good luck over the next couple of weeks. It’s going to be a heap of fun. Just be sure to make the most of this once a year opportunity!

Promotion as an investment

September 7, 2018
“Price is what you pay, value is what you get.” What an insightful comment! No doubt the fact that it comes from the world’s most renowned investor, Warren Buffet, adds to the credibility of the statement. I’ve personally noticed that there is a tendency for businesses to focus too much on the price of a product or service rather than adequately assessing the value. It is crucially important for venue managers, in fact everyone in hospitality, to understand value. If promotions and events (as well as all products and services you pay for) are seen purely in terms of cost then the potential for increased patronage and spend is minimised. I’ll use an example of a venue we have dealt with on and off for the past fifteen years or so. The manager of this venue sees promotion purely as a cost, rather than an investment. The whole thing, in his eyes, begins and ends with the invoice we provide him for our weekly trivia event. Eighteen months ago, after hosting our trivia event at his venue for a number of years, this particular venue manager decided he wanted out. He looked at his budget and was convinced he couldn’t justify the weekly cost of the event. Fair enough, these things happen. We shook hands and went our separate ways. The loyal trivia players were disappointed with this venues decision. The weekly event had become their regular night out with friends where they could get together for a meal and a few drinks to enjoy the quiz and a few laughs. We ended up teaming with another venue nearby and a few of the players were happy to make this their new local. Fast forward a few months and the original venue manager called us. There was a big bar and bistro deficit showing up for his Wednesday night trading, the same night he had been hosting trivia. Plus, he had noticed what had been a lively, atmosphere filled night was now a dull affair without the vitality and excitement that his forty regular trivia players had added to the venue each week. I’m not trying to boast. This could have been any type of promotional event, delivered by any provider. The point is this guy saw only the cost and not the value that his weekly event provided in bar and bistro sales and boosted atmosphere. Understanding the value of promotions and your other investments in products and services is crucial in running a successful venue.

The value of feedback

August 24, 2018
I’ve been thinking about feedback a lot lately. It’s one of the most valuable ways to get a better understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of your business, your staff and your leadership. Giving and receiving honest feedback is crucial. But it’s also very challenging. Managing a hospitality venue you have a responsibility to a number of different stake holders. Feedback is the best way to understand how you can best deliver on that responsibility. THE BEST PROMOTERS YOU HAVE The main thing is to understand just how valuable feedback is and have the guts to deliver it and receive it, especially from your staff and customers. I’ll use an example from my days of playing and coaching footy. Receiving honest feedback means your players or coach see potential, places you can improve and an opportunity for the team to develop. Don’t worry about what is said, however honest it may be. A lot can be learned from this type of honest feedback. The second step to good feedback is the message itself. It needs to be clear and considered. If you’re offering it to your staff take your time to think about delivering some constructive criticism which your staff member will feel encouraged by. If you’re asking for feedback give your customers or staff time to think and offer something of value. CAPITALISING ON YOUR ENTERTAINMENT SPEND Finally consider the “feedback loop.” It’s one thing to have the commitment to offer and receive honest feedback but another thing altogether to put that feedback into practise and grow from it. A great starting point in closing the feedback loop is the STOP, START, KEEP process. It’s great because it’s so easy. Consider what you need to stop doing, start doing and keep doing. If you continue to seek and offer honest feedback and work individually and as a team in closing the feedback loop you will begin to see some great results in continuing to move your venue forward. Good luck.

The benefits of a competitive industry

August 10, 2018
Last week I was out doing the rounds, visiting my venue partners to catch up on the successes and challenges they face in driving visitation and spend at their venue. During one meeting I received an interesting insight from one venue manager. Discussing a competitor just down the road from his venue he said, “their meals are fantastic; we’ve got work to do to get to that level.” I was struck by his positive attitude when dealing with a difficult reality. Quite simply his competitor was besting his venue. But he saw it an opportunity to improve. When was the last time you walked into a competitor’s venue?  THE X FACTOR OF HIGH PERFORMANCE If you’re taking your role seriously and always willing to improve, no doubt it was recently. The hospitality industry is enormously and increasingly competitive. Most pubs and clubs are generally surrounded by a multitude of other businesses targeting a similar customer base. In many cases venues are competing with bars, restaurants and even local cafes. I’ve even heard some managers talking about the effect of Materchef and other cooking shows have had on patron’s expectations of dining offerings. Competition is fierce but the best venues are seeing it as an opportunity rather than a threat. Knowing what the competition is providing allows you to ensure your offer is better or different in some way. It also allows you to keep up to date with industry trends and other venue offerings. You may find it worthwhile to create a written competitive assessment on your local venues. Put some time into analysing: Food and beverage offering Target customers Entertainment and promotional offerings Membership program Marketing strategies Strengths and weaknesses THE VALUE OF A LIVELY VENUE Analyse the above indicators at your own venue then compare them to those at your competitors to see where there may be gaps at your pub or club. As always, it’s important not to lose sight of your own business and the goals you are trying to achieve by constantly being reactive to competitors. However, keeping an eye on what their strengths and weaknesses are and conducting an assessment every now and then is a great habit to get into. Just remember, it’s worth keeping a positive spin on whatever tactics your competitors are taking. Like the successful venue manager I visited last week, it’s always advisable to the competitive nature of the Australian hospitality industry as an opportunity rather than a threat.

Growing your business with superstar staff!

July 27, 2018
Things have been crazy here at Full House Group over the last few weeks. A whole bunch of opportunities that the team have been working on are coming to fruition and it’s all hands on deck. It’s one of those things. You work and hope and keep pushing and then, as they say, “when it rains, it pours.” Now we’re walking the tightrope, deciding who does what over the coming weeks and months. We’re creating roles on the fly and team members are suddenly performing a whole range of different tasks. In fact, a few days ago these tasks didn’t even exist. And here’s the thing, everyone is thriving. GETTING MORE FROM YOUR ENTERTAINMENT SPEND The team is engaged and excited. They are working together like never before and rising to the challenge. The experiences we have had over the last couple of weeks have been a real eye opener and what I have learned can be translated perfectly into hospitality businesses like your own. While the business professors would refer to it as “delegation” I think a better way to describe it is “staff ownership.” Giving your staff ownership of a task or project means two things: Firstly, it frees up your time to get stuck into the thousands of other small and major tasks required for running your business. Second, and most importantly, it does wonders for your staff members motivation, confidence and engagement. By giving ownership to your staff you are essentially saying, “I believe in you.” You are giving them the opportunity to take on the task, to think outside the square and to add their own bit of personality to the role. THE BEST PROMOTERS YOU HAVE A few things you could consider letting your staff members take ownership of include: Events Get a staff member to manage and run one of your upcoming events, for example a tribute show. Encourage the staff member to select the band and organise marketing and ticketing. Watch as the staff member beams with pride when the event goes off without a hitch. Marketing Engage a staff member or even a group of your staff to organise a marketing promotion. Give them a budget if required and they’ll no doubt produce a dynamic marketing campaign that may open up your venue to a whole range of potential patrons. Clubs So often venues have a fantastic opportunity to build relationships with local clubs. Why not have a couple of staff members work on welcoming a new local club to your venue? Better still, encourage them to create a club of their own and welcome some new engaged patrons to your venue. The beauty of giving ownership to your staff is that you get the benefit of motivating and engaging your most important resources. On top of this, you get a whole range of fresh, creative ideas which can make a he difference to your venue. Good luck.