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How to Fund Online Casinos

Many new players get stuck when they reach the point of having to make their first deposit at an online casino. In order to facilitate the process, online gambling establishments have tried to keep the process as simple as possible whilst still providing users a host of options to both deposit money into their casino accounts, and to make withdrawals from it easily.

These funding options vary from casino to casino but typically include the following:

  • Major credit and debit cards (VISA, Mastercard, Maestro, American Express, Diners etc)
  • Bank transfers (EFT, wire transfers) – NB: some countries only allow incoming transfers from casinos using this funding option.
  • Numerous e-Wallet solutions like Skrill, NETeller, uKash, Click2Pay, my Citadel and PayPal – typically different e-Wallet options are available depending on your country

Of the options above, experienced players tend to prefer e-Wallet solutions. Companies such as NETeller and Skrill (previously called Moneybookers) are by far the most popular with online casinos. In fact, many online casinos offer players special deposit bonuses up to 15% in order to encourage players to use the e-Wallet options.

The process for opening an e-Wallet account varies but typically involves a number of security checks to meet money laundering compliance requirements as well as to provide you with added protection when it comes to account access. Many e-Wallet options have now partnered with the likes of MasterCard to provide offline access to your funds too – this makes it an increasingly convenient option for many players. To open an e-Wallet account, click on one (or more) of the links below and follow the process as indicated by the solution provider:

NETeller logo
Skrill logo
PayPal logo

Once you’ve opened an e-Wallet account, you can fund it (usually free of transaction costs), with an EFT/ bank wire transfer or with your regular credit card. Players can then use their e-Wallet account to fund their respective online casino accounts. Using the e-Wallet solution also provides the added benefit of not having to reveal your credit card number or bank details to online casinos, in case you have security concerns. The likes of PayPal, NETeller and Skrill are all registered financial services providers in non banana-republic type countries which generally provides a high level of comfort for most users.