Almost all poker rooms accept Visa and MasterCard, but some banks prohibit their cardholders from making transactions with online poker rooms. Moreover, some credit card companies themselves place restrictions on the amount of money you can deposit into and withdraw from the poker room. For this reason, we recommend that you open an alternative payment method for your transactions; even better, most poker rooms will reward you for doing so.
Alternative Payment Methods
NETeller is an online payment transfer service where you can deposit money into your account and then use it to make online purchases. One can fund their NETeller account by Credit Card, Wire Transfer, EFT/ACH or InstaCash.
Citadel is an electronic check service that offers one of the safest online transaction methods available. To open an account with Citadel, you must have a checking account at a financial institution in the U.S. and the check must be payable in U.S. dollars. Their website is: http://www.citadelcommerce.com.
FirePay is a payment method similar to a debit or credit card in that you deposit funds into your account in order to transfer funds online. FirePay offers e-mail confirmation of purchases and online account activity statements. You can fund your account either directly from your bank account or via ACH or “E-Checks,” both of which require a U.S. bank account.
Moneybookers is a tool that allows players to safely send and receive money via email— instantly. Players can fund their account via CC or Wire and then deposit into the poker room. Moneybookers saves time and hassle—payments are sent/ received in real time which eliminates long time delays, plus all you need to make or receive a payment is your e-mail address, not more bank forms or checks. Their website is: http://www.moneybookers.com.
EcoCard is an alternative purchasing method which is used widely throughout Europe. EcoCard, in conjunction with its affiliated European banks, allows you to purchase poker room credits in U.S. dollars, Euros, and Pounds Sterling.
Wire Transfers—you do not have to open an account with a third-party intermediary. Wire transfers are accepted at most online poker rooms in U.S. dollars only. When executing a transfer, you will need to provide your account details and your player code, which may be found in the Wire Transfer instructions of the Cashier section of each online poker room.
Bank Drafts and personal checks can be mailed directly to an online poker room for deposit. Most poker rooms will cover all shipping costs for a bank draft that is sent to the poker room via Fedex, TNT, UPS or DHL. After the check is received the poker room will add the shipping cost back onto your account.
900 Pay is a new payment method that lets you deposit from $75-$150 into your poker room account and have the money charged to your phone bill. Their website is: http://navahonetworks.com. Credit cards and bank accounts are not required to use 900 Pay, and there are no hidden fees or long-distance charges. Withdrawals are issued in the form of bank drafts.
INSTADEBIT is a system that allows you to securely make payments to online merchants directly from your U.S. bank account. INSTADEBIT works the same as writing a check or using your debit card. INSTADEBIT is free and you are not required to fund a separate account or provide your credit card information. The easy two-step sign-up process only takes a minute and then you’re ready to make your purchases. You simply complete the consumer registration form, enter your banking information and you’re ready to pay for your purchases from your bank account. Your purchases will appear as checks on your bank statement. INSTADEBIT never shares your personal information with merchants, and you will not be asked for your credit card number.