Depending on which online casino or poker room you want to play at, you may have only a handful of deposit options, or you may have over a dozen. Online gambling restrictions vary from one country to the next, so the deposit methods offered may also vary depending on a site's primary clientèle. There are over two dozen different deposit services that an online casino might use, each with their own set of terms and conditions. The good news is that most casinos offer step-by-step instructions on how to make your first deposit as well as links to each service’s personal site. Because you can’t play cash games without depositing funds into your member account, it is important that you find a deposit method that is not only accepted by your preferred sites but that you feel safe and comfortable using.
Select a Deposit Method
Here are the most common deposit methods used by online casinos and poker rooms:
- Credit Card (Visa/MasterCard)
- Western Union
- Bank Transfer
- Money Order/Cashier’s Check
Virtually all online casinos accept Visa and MasterCard, while e-checks and money orders are becoming less common. Many players that are already active online have made purchases or deposits with their credit cards and/or Paypal accounts though deposit preferences may differ by country of origin. If you are a player from a country that has legal restrictions on online gambling (like the United States), some options may not be available to you, even if you already have an account with both the casino and the money transfer service. In fact, some casinos may not accept deposits from these players at all. Prior to providing a funds transfer service with any of your personal information, it is important that you verify that the service is authentic and that their site is secure. The best way to avoid compromising your information is to use the links provided on the casino or poker room’s deposit page.
Have Necessary Information Ready
You can speed the deposit process by having all necessary information on-hand before you begin. If you already have an account with one of the services accepted by your casino then all you will need is your account name and password. Likewise if you are using a credit card all you will need is the information on the credit card and your billing information. If however you are opening a new account with a funds transfer service, you should expect to be asked for your bank account number and routing information in addition to your name, address, email, and possibly identification that verifies your age.
Once you have made a deposit, be sure to confirm it with the casino/poker room, deposit service, and your bank or credit card provider. This ensures that the right sum of money was sent and received by the right people.