Poker / Casino & Sports Betting Deposit Options

How to Deposit and Withdraw Funds from Online Gambling Sites

This page has all the information you need to deposit at online gambling sites quickly and securely. While there are a lot of deposit options available, some of them have drawbacks. Finding the right banking option will depend on your location, willingness to use your credit cards (rather than 3rd party systems) and the site you choose to play at.

You’ll find the options for the regulated in-state gambling sites covered first below. After that, some additional methods used by international casinos and sportsbooks are covered. Id checks, deposit limits, withdrawing money and a gambling deposit option FAQ follow this.

US Deposit Methods

There are currently 4 states with legal online gambling legislation. These are Nevada (poker only), Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Several other states have their own regulations going through.

A big advantage of gambling at these regulated sites is that you can choose a lot of different deposit options. Compared to the shady offshore sites, you will also have the protection of the licensing agency.

You will find an introduction to each deposit method below, followed by the pros and cons.

Credit Card Deposits

You’ll be able to use your regular credit or debit cards at regulated gambling sites. The main brands welcomed are Visa and MasterCard. Using these follows the exact same process as buying things online. You type in the number, amount to deposit, expiry date and security number from the back – and your deposit is instant.

You can buy prepaid Visa cards from convenience stores too. Separately, some casinos have their own branded debit cards (see below).

The biggest benefit of this method is that most people won’t need to sign up with a 3rd party service or pay any fees. If you don’t want gambling site transactions to appear on your bank statements, then cards might not be for you.

Bank Transfers Using ACH / eChecks

You can write an ‘electronic check’ from your bank to deposit at gambling sites. This is a simple process, though unless you get verified in advance, you’ll need to wait for the funds to clear. What the sites do is employ a 3rd party verification service (usually ‘VIP Preferred’). Once approved, your cash is credited instantly.

Benefits of this method include speed and simplicity – it also works for withdrawals. Needing an additional verification on top of that by your gambling site is the downside.

Bill Pay Bank Transfers

This gambling deposit option uses the system for paying utility bills to move your money. It is available at major banks – with each site keeping their own list of approved banks. You choose this option at the casino cashier, then log on to your bank to approve the transaction.

While it only works for deposits, this is a method many people will be familiar with. The downside is that you will see gambling transactions on your bank statement. While not a problem for many of us, some people would prefer not to have this for job or credit approval reasons.

Prepaid Debit Card (Casino Branded)

A growing trend is that casinos are introducing branded debit cards for their customers. You can fund these via your regular cards, then use them for both deposits and withdrawals. Once you withdraw winnings onto your card, you can spend this money directly, or withdraw it via an ATM.

Branded prepaid cards are a great way to keep gambling site transactions and your bank statement separate. You’ll have all the convenience of your regular card once you are set up. The downside is an application process, plus you have one more card to manage!

Cash Payment Options at Gambling Sites

There are two ways you can deposit with cash. All state regulated casinos and sportsbooks partner with live casinos. If you are nearby, you can head to the casino cage with your account information and make a deposit there.

The other option is to use the ‘PayNearMe’ service, via 7-11 stores. You print a barcode from your gambling site cashier, then take this to a 7-11 to pay. While this method does not require a card or 3rd party wallet, it is expensive. With a $3.99c minimum fee, PayNearMe is not suitable for smaller deposits.

Electronic Wallets: PayPal, Neteller and Skrill

I have grouped these services together, as they work in similar ways. PayPal is the best-known, though it is not accepted at all gambling sites. Skrill and Neteller charge fees for sending money, not when you receive it, though these costs are small.

The benefit of electronic wallets is from security. These online accounts act like a secure bridge between your bank account and the sites. Downsides include the (small) fees and need to register (and verify) your account.

Traditional Banking: Wires and Checks

A quick mention for some little-used methods. Bank wires are possible at many gambling sites, though the cost of them means they are only used for very large deposits. You can also deposit via post with a money order or cashier’s check. Again, with so many easy options, this is not in demand!

International Deposit Options

Outside of the US, most of the methods listed above work at online gambling sites. There are also a lot of country-specific options and novel ways to move your money around. At some sites you can deposit with Cryptocurrency.

Options which are not specific to countries include money transfer services. Brands like Western Union and MoneyGram will charge fees to move your cash, though are a reliable alternative to the mainstream options. You can also use local bank transfers in many countries as an alternative to ACH transfers.

Country specific options include InstaDebit for Canadians, POli for Australia / NZ, WebMoney for Russia / Eastern Europe and UKash prepaid vouchers in various geos.

How to Cash Out

Anti-money laundering rules mean that reputable gambling sites have a policy of returning winnings to the service you used to deposit with. This is not always possible, for example credit card deposits and PayNearMe cash payments don’t process withdrawals.

When this happens, the default is either a local bank transfer (internationally) or a paper check (regulated states). Checks are welcomed by your bank, though they are not the fastest withdrawal method. If you are a regular winner, it can be worth investing time in arranging a method which works for both deposits and withdrawals.

Id Verification: Know Your Customer

All licensed online gambling sites will need to verify your id. This is part of their responsible gambling policy – helping to protect minors. It also keeps the business clean from money laundering and payment frauds.

Some players find this process a frustrating delay – though without verification, gambling sites would not be able to operate.

The exact mix of Id documents requested will vary between the casinos. These will include photo Id, proof of address and (depending on your deposit method) proof that you own the card in question. Note that if you are asked to send a picture of your card, you can black out all but the last 4 numbers.

Deposit Limits and Responsible Gaming

There are two factors which determine how much (or how little) you can deposit. The main one is the bands that gambling sites put into place for each deposit method. For example, a minimum deposit with a credit card might be just $10, while for a check you’d find a $50 minimum. The same applies to maximum deposits. Check the cashier at your preferred site for information on minimum / maximum deposits before you play.

Tools designed for responsible gambling compliance now allow players to set deposit limits for themselves. These give you plenty of control. You can set a daily, weekly or monthly limit which will work with your gambling bankroll. Note that it is also possible to take a time-out or even to self-exclude completely.

Depositing at Sweepstakes Sites

Outside of the regulated states, you can legally enjoy casino and poker games at US Sweepstakes gambling sites. These include brands like Global Poker and Chumba Casino. These sites use sweepstakes gaming laws to legally offer gambling-like activity. Each spin of a slot, or poker hand being considered a mini sweepstakes contest.

Depositing at these casinos involves buying ‘gold chips’. These are play-money tokens. The brands then give you ‘free’ Sweepscash along with your purchase. You play with sweepscash, then swap it back into dollars when you want to cash out.

These brands are legal, which means you have access to credit card and PayPal deposits and withdrawals.

Gambling Site Deposits FAQ?

| Online Casino Funding FAQ

How do I fund an ewallet?

Most ewallets accept Visa, MasterCard, bank transfers and regional debit cards for funding.

How do I withdraw from an ewallet?

Most ewallets will send withdrawals to a bank account or debit card.

What is a cash transfer?

This is a service that players use to deposit and withdraw cash from an online casino.

What are examples of cash transfer services?

Western Union and MoneyGram are the most common forms of cash transfer services.

Do I receive interest on my ewallet balance?

Ewallets do not pay any interest on balances.

Will I pay a fee to convert currency when depositing to an online gambling site?

All sites require converting funds into the currency used there. The fee is often 2% of the deposit or withdrawal. You can convert by an ewallet for about the same rates.

How can I avoid currency transaction fees when depositing and withdrawing at an online casino?

Avoid making unnecessary transactions. Another option is to set up a bank account in a country that uses the same currency as your favorite site. It is best to play at a site that uses your country’s currency, although this is typically limited to the US, UK, and EU.

Are there fees for making a deposit?

Most online casinos do not charge a fee to make a deposit. Some ewallets charge for bank transfers. All charge for credit and debit card deposits.

Are there fees for withdrawing from an online casino?

A handful of sites charge a small percentage of the withdrawal. Ewallets have fees on bank transfers and debit card withdrawals. There is always a fee for a cash transfer.

Is it legal to deposit at online gambling sites?

USA: There are currently legal online casinos and poker rooms in 4 states, and sweepstakes casinos covering more (everywhere except Washington DC). It is expected that more states will license casinos soon. Sports betting is live in NJ and PA, again, more states will follow. You can legally deposit and play at all of these sites.

Can I deposit and play from outside the state borders?

No, if you are playing at a state regulated gambling site you will need to be within the specific state’s borders to deposit or play. Geo-location technology is used to determine your location. Where this fails (or is blocked, for example with a VPN), the deposit will be declined.

Is my money safe?

Yes. If you stick to regulated gambling US gambling sites your money is very safe. Brands are licensed via established brick and mortar casinos – and are under the jurisdiction of state gaming commissions. Outside of the US, the safety of your money is less clear. While there are many reputable brands licensed in Europe, offshore sites are riskier. While many offshore sites have licenses, the amount of oversight is variable – and you won’t have anyone to turn to if your money goes missing.

What currencies can I deposit with? Do I get charged an exchange fee?

Poker sites around the world work in either Dollars or Euros. You can deposit in many other currencies, including Canadian Dollars and Pounds. Your deposit will be instantly exchanged, usually at the interbank (mid) rate. Some gambling sites may take a small percentage to protect from currency fluctuations, though this is not generally used as a profit center.

Do gambling sites charge deposit or withdrawal processing fees?

Reputable sites do not charge for your deposits. If you stray to the grey market offshore sites, you may well find processing fees are charged. Note that some of the deposit methods do have charges built in. These include Skrill and Neteller (which charge a small fee when you send money – PayPal charges for receiving cash). Bank wires and money transfers using Western Union also incur costs. Cash deposits using PayNearMe in the regulated states also involve a fee.
Withdrawals are usually free, with at least one paper check (or electronic withdrawal) per month for each player being available. If you make multiple withdrawals per month, it is worth checking with your gambling site to ensure there are no processing fees.

Will the deposit method I choose affect my bonus?

Sometimes gambling sites list deposit options which they will not provide welcome bonuses for. While this is not common, it is certainly worth checking out if the bonus offer is a big reason for choosing a specific site. Examples include Skrill and Neteller, which some casinos exclude from their bonuses.

Note that withdrawing your winnings before a bonus offer is completed will usually result in that bonus being withdrawn. You should be warned about this via a pop-up.

What is the smallest amount I can deposit?

The smallest deposit will vary based on the banking method you choose. This is usually in the $10 to $25 range – though may be higher for bank wires and cashiers’ checks. Some sites will allow even smaller deposits. Examples include Sweepstakes casinos, which you can buy chips with from $5 and up.

What is the biggest amount I can deposit?

Again, this depends on your method. The range is from $500 up to around $5000. If you are a high-roller that wishes to deposit big sums, then get in touch with your gambling site. They will advise on the best method(s) - and may even assign you a host.