Western Union is a popular “person-to-person” method of transferring funds to an online poker site because deposits are guaranteed to be accepted and higher limits exist for first deposits so that new players can make the most of first deposit bonuses.
The process of making a Western Union deposit at poker sites is very simple. Select Western Union as a deposit option and enter an amount to deposit. A receiver name is provided with destination details and (usually) a transaction ID.
When the transfer is completed (either at a Western Union office or online), players enter the “Money Transfer Control Number” (MTCN) so that the poker site can look out for the arrival of the funds. When the deposit is confirmed, funds are instantly available in the player´s account.
Benefits of using Western Union to Play Real Money Poker
In addition to the benefits mentioned above of using Western Union to play real money poker, the best reason for using this method of payment processing is that it is stress-free. Once you have made your first poker deposits with Western Union, the process will be as familiar to you as it has been for the online poker providers that have been accepting Western Union as a deposit option for years.
Compare this to the frustration of having credit card deposits declined and having to call Customer Services to try and get your deposit through just before the beginning of a major tournament – not the best possible preparation for an event in which you will need to focus if you intend to make your participation in the event worthwhile!
Most poker sites that accept Western Union will refund any fees associated with the transfer above a certain amount. The limits for the refund offer vary from site to site, but generally start at about $300. On a transfer of $1,000 you could be saving up to $70.00 by choosing your poker site carefully!
Poker Sites Accepting Western Union
Practically every online poker provider accepts Western Union deposits – often with higher minimum limits and lower maximum limits than you might find elsewhere. There are fees attached to both depositing and withdrawing on poker sites accepting Western Union but, as mentioned above, some sites will pay the fees for deposits above a certain amount.
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Negatives of Playing Online Poker with Western Union in the US
Although person-to-person transfers have been used as an acceptable deposit option for many years, they do have their downsides. It is not as convenient to play online poker with Western Union in the US as it is with other poker deposit methods. If you are making a small deposit into a poker account with Western Union, it is unlikely that your fees will be refunded.
Furthermore, if you transfer money into your poker account by Western Union using a credit card to fund the transaction, your bank or card issuer may consider the transaction as a cash advance and slap additional charges on top of the transaction – making it a very expensive method of funding an online poker account.
Poker sites that accept Western Union as a deposit option usually insist that your winnings are withdrawn using the same payment processing method. This time they won´t refund any fees attached to the transaction, and you could receive significantly less than you were expecting. We advise players to think carefully before using Western Union to fund an online poker account.
Western Union Poker Sites Q&A
What are the limits for depositing on a poker site with Western Union?
As a guide, most poker providers set a minimum deposit of $100 (some will accept deposits of $50) and a maximum of $1,000. If you want to deposit less or more, you will need to call the site´s Customer Services Department.
What are the charges from withdrawing from Western Union poker sites?
The charges for withdrawing from Western Union poker sites vary from site to site. To give you an idea of how much you might be charged, take a look at the table below.
Is there a limit to how many Western Union withdrawals I can make from my account?
Some sites limit you to one withdrawal by Western Union each week, others two each week. It is not something we consider to be an issue because most players like to see their balances grow and then use the funds to play at higher stakes as their level of skill increases.
Do I still need to verify my ID if I am funding my poker account with Western Union?
Yes. For your own security, poker sites that accept Western Union as a deposit option insist that you complete their player verification procedures before allowing you to withdraw funds from your account.