Practically all US facing poker sites accept Visa as a method to fund your poker account. There are more Visa cards in circulation than any other type of credit or debit card, and – with the exception of American Express – Visa cards owners spend the most amount of money each year per person.
Visa poker deposits are also inexpensive for online poker providers to process compared with some other deposit options. Consequently poker sites that accept Visa are prepared to absorb any costs associated with the deposit and credit the full deposit amount into players´ accounts.
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Benefits of using Visa to Play Real Money Poker
When you use Visa to play online poker for real money there are a number of benefits. Firstly, making a deposit with a Visa card is a convenient way in which to fund an online poker account. It is just as easy as buying something online – you just enter your card details and CVV number – and the funds can be used almost at once to play online poker.
The process for using a Visa card to play online poker is also very secure. All the online poker sites that accept Visa use an encrypted connection when performing banking transactions. There is no risk of your credit or debit card details being intercepted while you are making a deposit or somebody hacking into the site’s database to steal your identity.
The issuer of your Visa card also provides a certain level of security against unauthorized charges when you play real money poker with Visa deposits. Although it is unlikely that anybody working for an online poker company would be able to access your personal details (think of the negative publicity if that was allowed to happen), if your card is used without your permission, it is easy to recover the money.
Poker Sites that Accept Visa Deposits
All US poker sites accept Visa deposits. They also offer valuable first deposit and ongoing poker bonuses, and provide players in the US with the best opportunities for enjoying a lucrative poker experience. In our experience Visa deposits at online poker sites have a reasonably high acceptance rate, although there is no guarantee that your deposit will go through first time, every time.
The Negatives of Playing Online Poker with a Visa in the US
As well as all the benefits of using Visa to play real money poker, there are a couple of negatives. Not every Visa deposit at an online poker site is guaranteed to be accepted. This is because of your card issuer´s paranoia amount processing gambling transactions and has nothing to do with the credibility of the site. However, it is a nuisance to find your deposit is declined and have to contact customer support to either try again or find an alternative deposit option – especially if you are trying to late-register for a valuable tournament!
The ease of depositing at a poker site with Visa can also be a negative when players are unable to manage a bad beat. The temptation to reload an account and win the money back is understandable; but, with other deposit options, more processes are involved – giving players the opportunity of a cooling off period, which may ultimately prevent them from depositing more money than they can comfortably afford to lose.
Currently, it is also impossible to make withdrawals to a regular Visa card from the poker sites (a couple provide a reloadable Visa card to which you can make withdrawals). This means it may be more convenient for you to use an e-Wallet or person-to-person transfer to fund your account. If you enjoy a winning session or cash in a valuable tournament after depositing at an online poker site with a Visa card, it will be necessary for you to use an alternative withdrawal method to get your hands on your money – such as a wire to your bank or a check.
Visa Poker Sites Q&A
Are there any fees attached to playing online poker with a Visa in the US?
The poker provider will not charge you for making a deposit into your account with a Visa, but your bank or card issuer may charge you a small percentage of the deposit amount if they regard it as a cash advance”. Banks differ with their policies in this respect.
What is the least I can deposit on a poker site with a Visa card?
Online poker providers have varying limits for the minimum and maximum you can deposit on a poker site with a Visa. The least you can deposit is usually $50.00 and some sites insist that you verify your account and complete a credit card authorization form before allowing you to deposit much more.
What is the success rate for depositing on a poker site with a Visa card?
In our experience around 75%. Hopefully you will not need to make a deposit too frequently, but we tend to use our Visa cards to take advantage of reload bonuses and reload-dependent promotions, so we reckon our estimate is pretty accurate.
If my Visa poker deposit is declined, do I need to phone my bank?
No. Give the site´s customer services department a call. Most customer service representatives are experienced in helping poker players get funds onto their accounts – more so than bank employees! Most poker sites that accept Visa as a deposit option have a toll-free number you can call.