Credit cards are the single most popular deposit method for online betting. Most of us have credit or debit cards, and by now, we’re pretty familiar with making purchases online. If you’re not familiar with the whole process, fear not. We will explain everything below.
Every betting site that I’ve ever seen accepts credit and debit cards as a way to fund your account. I personally have always used debit cards, but the process is the same with credit cards. The deposits are processed instantly in most cases, and fees are either minimal or nonexistent.
You won’t have any problems finding betting websites that accept credit and debit cards. However, it is still a good idea to choose your site carefully. There are good and bad betting sites all over the internet, and it’s a good idea to make a wise choice.
Here are a few betting sites that have positive reputations for safety and game selection:
How to Deposit with a Credit or Debit Card
Every gambling site handles credit card deposits a little differently, but the following steps apply to all sites. The first step is to create an account at your chosen betting site. Visit the website, click on the “sign up” or “join” button and fill out the information to make your account.
You’ll need to give them your name, address and phone number. Then, pick a username and password. This part will only take a couple seconds.
Next, log in to your new account and click on the “deposit” or “cashier” button inside the member’s area. It’s a little different at every website, but they all make it pretty clear what you need to do to fund your account. Remember – betting sites don’t make money unless their customers make deposits so they try to make it an easy process.
Now that you’re in the cashier’s or deposit area, you should see a list of deposit options. Click the one that says credit or debit card. That will take you to a page where you type in your credit card number and an amount. Give them the information, hit the “confirm” button and you’re all set.
Here’s the short version:
- Visit your betting website
- Sign up for an account
- Log in to your account
- Visit the cashier
- Choose the credit card deposit option
- Fill out the card information form
- Hit the “submit” or “confirm” button
What Types of Cards are Accepted?
Most betting websites accept all the major credit card brands. This includes Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, and sometimes JCB. This also applies to debit cards. Just look at the bottom corner of your card, and you’ll see the logo of your provider.
Credit and debit cards are processed in the same manner, so it doesn’t matter which you use. As long as the card has funds or credit available, the transaction will go through, and you’ll be ready to bet right away.
Problems with Depositing
Declined transactions happen from time to time, even if you have funds available. There’s not necessarily anything wrong with your card; it’s just that some American-based banking institutions automatically block deposits to betting sites.
If that happens, you can try a couple of things. First, try depositing a different amount. Use an odd number instead of a number that ends exactly in zero. If that doesn’t work, you’ll have to try a different card.
This doesn’t happen often, but if it does, don’t worry. That’s just how it goes sometimes. If the above methods don’t work, give your betting site’s customer service number a call. Sometimes they can process your deposit over the phone.
And if that doesn’t work, you can always try a different deposit method. It’s a little annoying when that happens, but banks are funny like that.
Wes Burns co-founded BettingWebsites.com, bringing 15 years as a gambling industry expert to the team.