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Online Poker Funding Options for US Players

21 April 2009, By: Pokerjunkie.com
Since the advent of the UIEGA, poker players in the United States have been faced with challenges in getting money onto their favorite poker sites.

Many payment processors either stopped servicing the United States or went out of business entirely. Fortunately, there are still options for poker players wanting to get funds on to their favorite poker site.

Paper, Plastic, or Gift Card?

One of the more universal options for depositing money is Instant eChecks. With eChecks, you have the website perform a direct draw out of you bank account. You enter your bank details and the amount you want deposited, and the amount is taken from you account.

An option offered by websites is deposits by Visa and Mastercard. In many cases, US users have reported that they are unable to deposit from normal Visa and Mastercard credit cards.

An alternative solution that seems to work very well on Poker Stars and with some success on Full Tilt is Visa gift cards. Since these cards are prepaid, many users are able to deposit the money without issue. Some users on Full Tilt have reported problems, but many have reported success as well.

You Can Even Use Western Union

Western Union is offered on PokerStars as an option for deposit. Of course, this option does incur fees from Western Union and requires either an account at Western Union's website or the player travel to a Western Union office to make the deposit.

PokerStars players can also mail a money order or a cashiers check to PokerStars to make their deposit. The deposit amount must be at least $100 and you must wait for the check or money order to process. This is one of the longer processes for making a deposit.

Other deposit options offered by some poker sites include Diners Club International, American Express, Click2Pay, UseMyWallet, eWalletXpress, and a couple even offer wire transfers. With most banks, a wire transfer will incur a fee.

Alternative Funding Options

There are two other ways to get money on online poker sites that are used by many players. The first method is to have another player transfer the funds to their online poker account. There is a feature on most poker rooms that will allow you to send money to other players. You enter their username, and in some cases some identifying information, and the amount you want to send. The money is then sent to the other player.

The second option that many players take advantage of does not involve any type of payment processor. It involves winning money in free roll tournaments. Free roll events allow players to play for money for free, and any money won is available to the winner to use how they see fit. The only catch is that many free roll fields are massive and only a very small percentage of players are paid.

While the UIGEA has made it more difficult to deposit money onto online sites, players can still fund their favorite poker sites. In some cases there may be some extra legwork involved, but a good run at the tables can make the effort worthwhile.

To make it easy for you to find a US poker site that accepts your preferred payment method, we list all online poker sites that accept PayPal, Visa, Master Card and E Checks.

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