Legal and regulated online poker is right around the corner in the Keystone state, and very soon you will have some decisions to make. You have chosen which site to play on, the ever-important screen name to instill fear in your opponent but now, you are left with the decision for the best way to fund your account. We got you covered on all your options.
Online Poker Credit Card Deposits
Every PA online poker site is expected to accept Visa and Mastercard as a safe and easy deposit method. If you use your bank-linked debit card, the payment will be processed as a purchase, but if you use a credit card, it will be treated as a cash advance. Although poker will be fully legal and regulated, some banks may still block debit card transactions.
Electronic Checks (Echecks)
One of the most popular and easiest methods for deposits and withdrawals are Echecks. You simply use your bank account routing and account number that is listed on your physical check to instantly load money into your poker wallet. Echeck withdrawals are possibly the most convenient method to receive funds since once you request the funds, a few days later, they are back in your checking account. Echeck withdrawals can take up to 72 hours to hit your account after approval.
Skrill and Neteller are two popular eWallets that should be available in Pennsylvania. Simply fund your Skrill or Neteller account with eCheck or credit card, then use the Skrill or Neteller option while depositing or withdrawing from your account. Skrill is a popular option for international players since you can easily switch between currencies, and Neteller provides a debit card to make withdrawals at any ATM a breeze.
PayPal took a while to become available in New Jersey but is now accepted at almost every poker site. PayPal is one of the quickest options withdrawals, often being available instantly after approval. All players who use PayPal must have a linked verified bank account or have an existing balance to deposit via PayPal.
For players that like to hand over physical cash when depositing, but don’t want the hassle of driving all the way to a casino, PayNearMe is a great option. Simply choose PayNearMe as a deposit option, go to your local 7/11, they will scan your unique barcode provided by the site, hand over the cash and you are ready to hit the tables. Unfortunately, PayNearMe is only available for deposits.
Cash at the Casino Cage
One of the easiest options for large deposits or withdrawals is to simply go to the casino cage. Simply bring your ID, your account ID, and cash to the casino cage and make your deposit. If making a withdrawal from your account to the cage, be sure that the transaction has been approved, otherwise, you may make a wasted trip to the casino.
Checks By Mail
For those of you who like to go old school with your banking, you can get a physical check mailed to you. This is often the slowest withdrawal option, sometimes taking up to 2 weeks to arrive. The billing address and mailing address must match and may also be subject to a small fee.
Prepaid Debit Card
Almost all online poker sites will have their own Play+ prepaid debit card. Sign up is a breeze since the site already has your information and you can easily fund your Play+ account with a Visa, Mastercard or bank transfer. You can use your account instantly, but you will also receive a physical card in the mail within 7-14 business days. This card can be used anywhere Discover is accepted or used at any ATM. Bank transfers are available from the card as well but will cost you $2 per withdrawal.
Now that you know your banking options, here’s a few tips to keep your personal information safe.
- Do not share or divulge any of your account information with anyone.
- Make sure your internet connection is secure.
- Use whichever banking option that you are most comfortable with.
- Log your transactions.
Be sure to keep these tips in mind when making any transactions. While there is a peace of mind associated with playing in a well-regulated environment, it is always smart to take extra precautions when it comes to any financial transaction.