Depositing money to your poker site account can be a bit of a challenge if you’re based in the U.S. But there are plenty of options to try.
If you’ve tried to deposit money to a poker room and haven’t been successful, or have questions about how to deposit or what payment methods rooms accept, this guide will answer your questions. Due to the passage of UIGEA, I’ve created this page specifically for players from the US.
Can I use my credit card or bank debit card?
Virtually all poker rooms accept Visa as a primary method to deposit money into an account. Other credit cards like MasterCard and American Express are available at some rooms, but much fewer than Visa. Less popular credit cards like Discover are not accepted at any site.
Credit cards typically have the highest percentage of rejected deposits at poker rooms. If you try to deposit a few times and are not successful, contact the rooms customer service and try one of their alternate payment methods. When using any credit card to make a deposit, make sure your billing address matches what is registered with your bank, the expiry date and credit card authorization code match exactly. This will help to make sure the payment isn’t being rejected due to security checks.
If you are unsure about using your personal credit card for use at a poker site, virtual Visa gift cards can be used successfully to make a deposit.
What are some other ways to deposit money at U.S. poker sites?
There are a few workarounds to the U.S. laws preventing banks from conducting transactions with online poker sites. There’s internet eChecks, which act as middlemen between the banks and the sites, though they may take several days to process. eWallet services are similar—think of them as equivalents to PayPal. Finally, you could always get a cashier’s check from your bank and send it the site. Again, this will take some time, and there will probably be a fee in the single percentage digits.
Money Transfer Services (Person to Person)
<p>Money transfer services are services that transfer money between two individuals. Poker rooms use person to person transfer services to facilitate the transfer of money from people to their poker accounts. The way these services work is that you transfer money to an individual and the money will then be deposited into your poker account. Because of the extra steps involved, deposits will not be credited to your account instantly and you might have to wait a day or two for your account to be credited with the transferred funds.
Western Union & MoneyGram are two of the most popular person to person money transfer services in use. The process for each is the same. In the poker rooms cashier, they usually won’t have these labeled as such, but will have logos and names that resemble a likeness to these services. Using these services is very safe but if you are unsure, try a small transfer first to see how they work and to make sure the deposit lands into your account.
Money transfer services are fairly easy to make successful deposits. To complete a person to person transfer service you will need to contact the poker rooms customer service and tell them you want to do a transfer. Once the rooms authorizes your transfer you will then be provided with the name of the person you are sending funds, the country they are in, and any special instructions the poker room has for the transfer. Very important: Make note on how to spell the person’s name exactly. Some foreign names can be difficult to understand. Once you have this information you will need to visit a local branch of one of these services and request the transfer.
Player to Player Transfers
Another way to get money into your poker account is to have it transferred to you from another player that has an account at the same poker room. With this method, you can find people who have existing account balances to sell you funds at a certain rate. The rate individuals charge varies depending on the room and once you agree on the terms, you will send the person the money and they will then transfer the funds from their account to yours. Not all poker rooms offer this method of transferring money.
This method is not available at all rooms and should be used with caution. While player to player transfers can be very safe, easy and quick, there are scammerss who try and take advantage of poker players. If you get scammed by someone doing a player to player transfer, is not the responsibility of the poker room so don’t expect them to sort out any disagreements you have with other people. Only use this method if the person transferring you the money is trustworthy and has a solid reputation in the community. If you do want to use player to player transfers as a deposit method, read the advice <a href=”http://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/showpost.php?p=10855991&postcount=41995″>here</a>, <a href=”http://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/showpost.php?p=30785955&postcount=109847″>here</a> and <a href=”http://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/28/internet-poker/person-person-transfers-first-post-must-read-posting-rules-receive-points-1529/index123.html#post163472″>here</a>.</p>
<h3>Alternate Deposit Methods for US Players</h3>
<p>There are some alternate payment methods available to US players that are not as easy or as popular. Upcoming virtual currency BitCoin is one of the newly available deposit methods that is gaining in popularity. There are already a couple of poker rooms that use BitCoin exclusively.</p>
<h2>Payment Methods That Aren’t Accepted</h2>
<p>Poker rooms are limited in the payment methods that they are able to offer players from the United States. Popular online payment methods like Paypal, Moneybookers (Skrill), Neteller etc. are not offered by any poker room to players based in the United States.</p>