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Online Poker Deposit Options

17 August 2010, By:
If you've ever tried to open an account and make a deposit at an online poker site - especially as an American player - you know it's not always as easy as it sounds.

If you're signing up at one of the major poker sites, it can be as simple as getting out your credit card. But if you live in a certain state, or you're trying out a smaller site on a smaller network, it may take a bit of leg work before you can get your money online and start playing.

To make things easier, Poker Junkie has donethat leg work for you and put together a complete list ofthe most convenient, safest and fastest poker deposit options below - both for US players and the rest of the world.


US Poker Deposit Methods

Credit Cards - Visa and MasterCard

Credit cards are the most convenient poker payment method. Simply decide what amount to deposit, enter your credit card details, click "submit" and your request will be processed in less than a minute.

Unfortunately though, not all US banks allow credit card payments to poker sites. If that's the case for you, consider one of the other online poker payment methods below.

US Online Poker Sites that Accept Visa

Poker Stars        
UB Poker        
Absolute Poker        
Bodog Poker        
Full Tilt Poker        
Sportsbook Poker        
PlayersOnly Poker        

US Online Poker Sites That Accept MasterCard

Poker Stars        
UB Poker        
Absolute Poker        
Full Tilt Poker        



eChecks work the same way as traditional paper checks do. The only difference is that you do it online.

When you choose this payment option the money you deposit is requested from your bank, and when the payment is cleared, the money is added to your poker account.

Although it might take a few days for the payment to be processed, you're often allowed to play right away (but not make a withdrawal.)

US Online Poker Sites That Accept eChecks

Poker Stars        
Full Tilt Poker        


Bank Wires/Drafts

Bank wires and drafts are direct transfers from your bank to your chosen poker site.

Bank drafts are usually cheaper than bank wires but they have to be physically mailed and the payment can take up to a couple of weeks to be cleared.

Bank wires, on the other hand, are generally a little more expensive. The upside though is that the payment process is handled online and you will instantly have your money in your poker account.

US Online Poker Sites That Accept Bank Wires/Drafts

Poker Stars        
Absolute Poker        
UB Poker        



With the exception of credit cards, eWallets are the most convenient payment method.

eWallets are basically web-based financial institutions that act as middle men between your bank and the poker site. When you log in to your eWallet you're able to make instant deposits at poker sites.

Today, there are no online poker sites that allow US players to use major eWallets like PayPal, Neteller and Moneybookers. There are, however, a couple of sites that still accept other eWallet payments.


US Online Poker Sites That Accept UseMyWallet

UB Poker        
Absolute Poker        
Sportsbook Poker        
PlayersOnly Poker        


US Online Poker Sites That Accept EwalletXpress

Bodog Poker      


US Online Poker Sites That Accept MyPayLinQ

Bodog Poker      


Other Poker Payment Methods

Alongside the poker payment options available to US players - credit cards, eChecks and different forms of bank transfers - Europeans and other non-US players have a lot of other deposit options to choose from.

Below find a list of the most popular international payment methods accepted by most poker sites online.

For more info, click on the logo and read more on each payment service's homepage.

Moneybookers is one of the leading online-payment services. There are several direct-funding options available including majorcredit cards, country-specific credit cards and instant banking.

<pNETeller allows you to make instant deposits at all major poker sites. Once your NETeller account is set up, you can move your bankroll around between poker sites for free.

Entropay is a prepaid Visa account that can be used everywhere Visa is accepted. Entropay is the perfect option for those who don't want to disclose credit-card information online.

ClickandBuy is used by 7,000 online merchants. Fund your ClickandBuy account with MasterCard, Visa, Direct Bank Transfer or several country-specific credit cards.

Paysafecard is a prepaid payment solution that allows you to make purchases online without divulging your credit-card details. Paysafecards worth £75 are available at 280,000 sales outlets worldwide.

WebMoney is a payment tool that allows you to make instant transactions on the Internet. You can add funds to your WebMoney account with bank wires/transfers or by purchasing a prepaid WebMoney card.

Ukash is the leading prepaid payment service. Ukash vouchers are sold at thousands of physical locations throughout Europe and Canada and can also be obtained via online bank transfer.

EcoCard is one of the leading European e-Wallets. It's free to register an account, and when that's done, you can fund your EcoCard by using most credit cards and different bank transfers.

Click2Pay is one of the most popular eWallets around the world. There are countless of ways to fund your Click2Pay account. Visit Click2Pay's easy-to-use web page to find the best solution for you.

Poli (Pay Online) is a payment option in Australia and New Zealand that allows you to transfer fundsdirectly from your bank account to a poker site.


Withdrawals from Poker Sites

The general rule is: When you withdraw money from a poker site you typically have to use the same payment option you used when you made the deposit.

So if you made your first deposit with Neteller, you have to use Neteller to get your money out.

If you live outside the US, and choose to deposit with any of the eWallets listed above, you can usually use the same payment method when you want to withdraw your money.

For US players, however, there are usually fewer cash-out methods than there are deposit methods.

Common withdrawal methods for US players are:

  • Check via regular mail

  • Check via Fedex

  • eCheck

  • Cash transfer

  • ePassporte

For more information on poker withdrawal methods, go to the cashier at your poker site.

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