According to our sources in the gaming industry, less than 5% of gambling transactions are conducted with Amex, yet there are still plenty of online poker sites that accept American Express as a deposit option. This because Amex card holders tend to be big spenders due to valuable rewards they can earn on their cards.
The small percentage of gambling transactions conducted with Amex is also a result of American Express being very tight on the security of their customers. Unfortunately there is a higher possibility that a deposit to a poker site with American Express may get declined than if you were using Visa or MasterCard.
Real Money Poker with American Express
Because American Express is very tight on player security, you can be assured that playing real money poker with American Express is a safe option. It is also quick – with funds being credited to your online poker account within seconds – and as convenient as conducting any online transaction with a credit card.
All the online poker sites that accept American Express use secure servers to facilitate Amex poker deposits, and the information that you input is encrypted to prevent the risk of fraud or theft. Normally you will only have to enter your card details once, and the details are saved (securely) so that you can reload your account with the click of a button.
Even though online poker sites welcome American Express card holders, they do not offer any larger bonus than to players using other deposit methods. However, it is sometimes possible to deposit more with an Amex than with other credit and debit cards, and this may be an important consideration if you are looking to clear the maximum poker bonus at some sites.
US Poker Sites That Accept Amex
Most – but not all – of the sites accept poker deposits with Amex. US poker sites that accept Amex generally have high acceptance rates and good Customer Service departments that can help you with your deposit if you encounter any problems.
Difficulties of Playing Poker with American Express in the US
As mentioned above, American Express can be stringent about authorizing their cardholders´ transactions and you may find that your deposit request is declined even when you have used your card to make a deposit previously. Most poker companies understand the difficulties of playing poker with American Express in the US, and will allow you up to four declined transactions before asking you to try an alternative method.
Declined transactions have nothing to do with your online poker provider. We have heard of Amex transactions being declined when a cardholder has tried to purchase goods in a neighboring state. Amex is generally not a gambling-friendly company – you can´t even buy into a WSOP event using Amex – so don´t be too surprised if your attempts to deposit at a poker site using Amex are not always successful.
Another downside of playing poker with American Express in the US is that you cannot withdraw your winnings back to your charge card, credit card or debit card. When you enjoy a profitable session or a big tournament win on one of the above USA friendly poker sites, you will have to use an alternative method of withdrawal – such as a check or a wire to your bank.
American Express Poker Sites Q&A
Can I play online poker with an American Express prepaid card in the US?
You can deposit into an online poker account with a prepaid American Express card, but not with an Amex gift card.
What is the minimum I can deposit on a poker site with American Express?
Poker sites that accept American Express as a deposit option in the US generally insist on a minimum deposit of $50.00.
Are there any costs associated with depositing on a poker site with Amex?
You will not be charged anything by the online poker company, but Amex might charge you a small percentage on the deposit amount if they consider your deposit to be a “cash advance”.
If I use an Amex charge card, will I still have to submit a credit card authorization form?
Yep. Not only should you complete a credit card authorization form, but send your poker company a copy of your card, your driver´s license and a utility bill so that your identity can be verified. Not only is this an important process to protect your identity, but some sites will not allow you to withdraw funds until you have done this.