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Poker Deposit Options - For Canada, US and European Players

Legal Payment Options for Online Poker Sites

This page gives you an overview of how to get your money safely on to and off from online poker sites. These days, you’ll have a lot of choices. Which you choose will depend on your location, and on your comfort level with making payments to poker sites. The online gambling industry has matured to the extent that the long-term operators are very much legitimate. Once you are armed with the knowledge of the different payment options available – you’ll be able to make an informed choice from many secure options.

You’ll find payment information for US and then Canadian players below the list of banking methods. The US in particular has many restrictions on making payments to poker sites. Fortunately, there are many solid options still available. Canada does not have any legal issues affecting payments. They do have issues with over-zealous banks, which restrict some transactions due to the laws south of the border. After North America, I have covered the legal deposit and withdrawal options for players around the world.

If you have a particular banking method you prefer to use, click on the links below to see our review of the top sites accepting that deposit options. US players will want to look at Bitcoin & Visa as the primary method, while UK players will be able to use all of the methods outlined below. The reviews are updated weekly and include exclusive bonus offers.

Credit Cards / Prepaid/ Bank Transfers

This section outlines the various sites accepting credit cards, prepaid debit as well as bank transfers. For US & Canadian players, your Visa will work more often than a Mastercard.  If your credit cards don’t work, there are always prepaid cards and / or bank wire.  Players outside of North America shouldn’t have any issues funding their online poker account.

Prepaid Cards

Prepaid cards are convenient. The ability to grab a prepaid credit card and be playing poker within minutes is a popular option.



Most online poker sites welcome this payment option for deposits. You will find that withdrawals will need an alternative as MasterCard is not possible.



Almost all poker sites legally accept Visa credit, debit or prepaid cards. What you will find is that some countries – notably the US and Canada – may restrict the cards.



Our Entropay poker guide provides overview of where EntroPay can be legally used, along with the pros and cons of using this payment option.



When it comes to prepaid voucher systems that let you spend money online, PaySafeCard is the leading global brand and available in 43 countries.



PostePay cards are MasterCard branded, though some now use the Visa Electron payment network. You can buy these cards, as well as top them up, at Italian post offices.

Todito Cash

Todito Cash

The Todito poker payment method gives access to those without a bank account, and a secure way of making deposits and getting withdrawals.


This page shows you how iDebit poker site payments work, and guides you step by step through the process for getting your money on board.

Wire Transfer

The main benefit of wiring money is that it is secure and reliable. You do not need to use any 3rd party accounts or exchanges – you simply send money from your bank to the poker site.

Money Order

The biggest advantage for is that a money order is certain to work.While a money order does require some extra effort, when the site gets this you can be sure that the amount will be credited.

eWallets & Cryptocurrencies

eWallets and Cryptocurrencies are for players that don’t want to give out personal banking information or their credit card numbers. The most popular eWallet is of course PayPal, while Bitcoin is the leading digital currency used at a number of US poker rooms. Each page will explain how to use the method and which sites accept which payment option.



Bitcoin has been proven to be safe and secure and one of the most popular methods for funding poker accounts. USA players accepted!



Like Bitcoin, Litecoin is another cryptocurrency. Our Litecoin page breaks down setting up an account, which sites accept Litecoin and how to deposit.



PayPal is the preferred payment option among UK and European players. Our Paypal page lists the top 5 sites as well as exclusive bonus offers.



WebMoney is welcomed at many of the larger poker brands. This guide takes you through everything you need to know to get started.



Neteller works as an ewallet which sits between your bank and online merchants, including poker sites. This page gives you an overview of how to deposit / withdraw.



Owned by the same company as Neteller, Skrill is electronic wallet service in the same broad category as PayPal. It can be used for both deposits and withdrawals.


Apple Pay

With iPhone Poker apps becoming the norm, you’ll soon be able to deposit at many poker sites using Apple Pay. At the moment, there is only one room offering this.


Qiwi Wallet

This page gives you a complete overview of making poker payments with Visa Qiwi Wallet, including account set up and which sites accept Qiwi


Citadel Instant Banking

The Citadel Instant Banking system links your bank or credit card directly and securely with the poker rooms. Lists the top 5 sites!

Banking Options for US Players - What's Legal & What Isn't?

US based poker fans can blame the ‘Unlawful Internet Gaming Enforcement Act’ of 2006 for restrictions on deposits. Importantly, this act does not make an individual a criminal for making a deposit or playing for real money. Instead it is aimed at the banks. By making it illegal for them to knowingly transact with a gambling site, things become more complex for the players.

There are still several choices for players who want to legally deposit at offshore poker sites.

You’ll be surprised how often Visa and MasterCard credit card poker deposits get through first time. The banks will try to block them, though if this happens you will not lose any money – the transaction simply does not happen. If your own cards get declined multiple times, then there are always prepaid card poker payment options. I recommend speaking with the support staff at your poker site to find out what brands are best. You’ll be making a cash purchase overseas, so your card needs to be able to work internationally.

Bitcoin is quickly moving from a thing for techies and geeks, to a mainstream payment option for online poker. Setting up a Bitcoin wallet, and funding this via a bank wire is no more complex than setting up a PayPal poker account. Once you are set up, you’ll then be able to deposit and withdraw using Bitcoin as often as you like.

The final option for US player is wire transfer. This can be difficult from many US banks, though services such as Western Union or MoneyGram can help. These companies are also not allowed to send money direct to poker sites. Instead you will wire the money direct to an individual, it will then be reconciled with your account. This method is very reliable, though it does involve a trip to your local branch office.

There are two ways in which US players can get their money out of poker sites. First, a paper check. This might sound old-school, though it is the number one method that winning US poker players use to receive their winnings. The alternative is Bitcoin.

Legal Poker Payment Options Available to Canadian Players

In theory, Canadians should be able to use the whole range of credit card payments and eWallets. In practice, most of these methods are restricted. The companies and banks behind them appear to be worried about falling foul of the US laws.

All the methods for US players are available to Canadians, plus some extras.

A popular Canada-only payment option is Interac. You’ll use this in the same way as for making any online purchase – by sending the cash to an e-mail address via your bank account. iDebit (InstaDebit) can also be found, this is a 3rd party system that sits between your bank and the poker room. Finally, there are prepaid voucher services like PaySafeCard which can bridge the gap between your money and making a poker deposit.

Payment Options for Players Worldwide

As we go out of North America, a whole class of legal poker payment options opens up in the form of eWallets. This group includes PayPal, which is only accepted by the biggest and best online poker sites. There are others including Neteller and Skrill which perform the same function.

Many worldwide players choose these even though their debit and credit cards would be a quicker option. The reason is that eWallets provide a secure bridge between the banks and the poker site. Even though many of the global sites are 10 years+ old and very reputable, many players still prefer to keep their banking and their gaming separate. Another smaller advantage to having an eWallet account is that you can keep some of your poker bankroll stored there. This means you get to quickly take advantage of any bonus or promotion that is worth your while at any online poker site.

Prepaid vouchers and virtual Visa cards come in different flavors around the world. These include EcoCard or EntroPay. You can also find options to make your poker payment using a bank wire. This can be done internationally (using IBAN) or via a local bank transfer in some countries.

Finally, there are many payment options which are specific to individual countries. Yandex Money and WebMoney in Russia are both useful, while Poli is a popular option in New Zealand.