When you play pokies at your local gaming venue you just walk in with cash and start playing. To play for real money online you have to add funds to your casino account. This guide covers all you need to know about depositing and withdrawing money at online casinos.
Every casino that is featured on this site uses the latest 128 bit SSL encryption for all of their financial transactions. This is the same level of security used by all reputable online shopping sites and by the worlds major banks and financial institutions.
The casinos listed at OnlinePokies.com all accept a wide range of deposit methods so you should have no problem finding one that suits you. The most popular options are outlined below.
Credit and Debit Cards
The easiest and most simple option is to use your credit card or debit card to make deposits. It's just like buying anything else online. You enter you card details, select an amount to deposit and away you go.
Most casinos have now implemented extra security features such as Verified by VISA or Mastercard SecureCode. Not all types of credit cards are accepted with American Express and Diners Club being two popular cards that aren't.
While Pay Pal is not accepted at online casinos you can use NETeller which is the Pay Pal of the gambling world. It works in a very similar way to Pay Pal where you add money to your Neteller account and then use it to pay.
Just like Pay Pal, NETeller give you the option to only give your credit card details to one place rather than all of the individual casinos. This can make a lot of sense if you're going to play at multiple casinos as it makes keeping track of all of your transactions a bit easier.
Other Deposit Options
Cards and NETeller are the most popular choices but the casinos also accept a range of other deposit methods.
- Direct Bank Transfer
- UKash Vouchers
When you win online you can't just press the collect button and wait for someone to bring you your winnings in cash. Instead you have to request a withdrawal via the casinos banking section. There are several methods you can use to cash out with the most common being the following.
In most cases the casinos can pay your winnings back to the credit card you used to deposit money. These payments are issued as refunds so if you are withdrawing more money than your total of deposits the remainder of the winnings will have to be paid another way.
Winnings can be paid to your NETeller account which you can then withdraw via bank transfer or a range of other options.
For bigger wins or when you cannot use any other option, direct bank transfer is one of the best options. The casino sends the money direct to your bank account which can take anywhere from 3 to 7 days to arrive.
Cash outs can be sent as a cheque via courier although this probably the slowest option to choose as not only do you have to wait for the cheque to arrive but you also have to wait for it to clear.
KYC (Know Your Customer) Procedures
All online casinos have to satisfy global banking regulations by positively identifying players to ensure that they are over 18 and are using their own funds to gamble with. This identification requirement is called "Know Your Customer" or KYC for short.
The process involves sending the casino a copy of a Government issued ID such as a drivers license or passport as well as recent utility bill (Power, Water etc.) that shows the same address as the one you registered with.
If you use a credit card to play online then you may also be required to send a copy to the casino. Before sending a copy of your credit card by e-mail or fax we always recommend blocking out at least eight numbers (the middle eight is the best choice).
This is because the casino does not need to see all of the numbers to confirm you are the card holder and sending copies of credit cards via e-mail is not recommended as e-mail itself is not secure. If have access to a fax machine we recommend faxing the KYC documents.
Sending all of these documents might seem like a bit of a pain but in reality it is these KYC procedures that protect you and the casino.