In case you live in the United States and love to play online poker, but you’re done with playing free poker, you probably already know that only a small amount of online poker rooms are still accepting players from US.
This is happening due to the restrictions placed in 2006. These restrictions are also imposed to a number of online payment processors that used to offer an alternative to make deposits to online poker rooms. However there are some US poker payment options still available for those US friendly poker rooms.
Here we are going to present you some of the most important payment methods that you can use to make a deposit in your online poker room account.
Credit Cards: Visa, MasterCard and American Express
Right now almost any online poker room on the internet is accepting deposits via credit cards. In case you are located in US, the main problem with the credit cards is that very often it happens that the banks from US restrict the transactions made via credit cards to online poker rooms and you will have your credit cards rejected when trying to make a deposit.
One way to successfully make a credit card deposit to your favorite online poker room is to buy a pre paid Visa credit card. These cards have a higher success rate and they can be brought from most gas stations or convenience stores.
The fees for using such a payment methods are very small and one of the most important benefits that you will get is the fact that the money is going to be deposited into your online poker account instantly and you can start playing poker in a matter of seconds.
On the Poker For Free website we even have a poker room that accepts players from the US, as well as accepts deposits with a credit card from American Express (AMEX). This is a very rare case. The poker room we’re talking about is OnlyPoker. Make sure to check out our OnlyPoker review for all the details.
E-wallets Poker Payments: eWalletXpress, QuickTender and UseMyWallet
The e-wallets are another important payment method that can be used to make deposits to poker rooms. These companies are going to be the middle man between your bank and the online poker rooms. This means that you will transfer the money over to an e-wallet payment processor and from there you can make the transfer over to your favorite online poker room, Full Tilt Poker for example. This way the bank will not know where the money will go to so they will have no reason to block it.
In order to fund your online poker account you need to follow the next steps:
- Sign-up by filling out the form and open an account with your payment processor company of choice.
- Verify your e-wallet account by going through the verification process. This is asked only at some online e-wallet websites.
- Load money into your e-wallet account. You can do this by using your credit cards or via a bank wire transfer.
- Use the money you have available in your e-wallet account to fund your online poker room account.
The process is very simple and usually e-wallets companies are one of the best ways to make a deposit at online poker rooms. The fees are usually small, less than 5% of the total sum and everything is very fast since the payments will be made instantly.
Cash Transfers: Western Union
Western Union is another way you can make a deposit or withdrawal to your online poker account. You can say that, just like with e-wallets, Western Union is the middle man between you and the online poker rooms.
Western Union dealers can be found all over the place in United States so it shouldn’t be hard to make a transfer.
The only problem with Western Union is the fact that the fees are a little bit higher compared to all the other payment options that we’ve reviewed so far. But they are definitely a reliable and fast payment processor.