Casino Banking Overview
For USA players in particular, since the advent of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, depositing and withdrawing from online casinos has become a bit of a problem. For a while, the Ecocard was a viable option, but even they have now decided against allowing Americans to use the service. The only real viable alternative is Quicktender, which many American residents use, but even that has limits. There are occasions when it can become frustrating finding a banking solution if you are in the USA, but players from Europe, the UK and the rest of the world are generally very well looked after.
Once you have determined a deposit method and settled on your casino, the cashier in the casino will generally be very straight-forward. For those of you worried about spending too much on your credit card, it’s worth remembering that pretty much all casinos allow you to specify maximum deposits on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. I would suggest you use this feature (usually be requesting it via email) if you are prone to, let’s say, lapses in concentration!
Every casino has a “cashier” option where this process is conducted and you will find them mostly self explantory. All deposit methods will ask you for your PIN number (eWallets) or a security code (debit cards), but the processes are normally fairly obvious. The cashier is the place where you also make withdrawals. With very few exceptions, each casino has a standard banking system which is provided to them by the provider of the software. Thus you will find similarities between all casinos on each software platform. The differences come in the methods the casinos allow you to use to deposit and withdraw. Each casino’s website will have a “Banking” page that provides a full list of options for depositing and withdrawing. It is important to note that some methods can only be used to deposit, so check this page first.
As you’d expect, some casinos are better than others, and for me cashout handling is perhaps the most important aspect of picking an online casino, leaving aside the issue of safety and fair gaming obviously!