There are a lot of payment methods available to online gamblers; some will be country specific, but most of the popular ones are available in most countries.
There is no real ‘best’ option – what is best for you will depend on your specific circumstances – but most online gamblers will benefit from having one or more online wallets available to them.
This is a convenient option and often has very low minimum requirements. Do note that it is not always offered as a withdrawal method. The smallest allowed deposit using Ukash is £1.00 from Bet365.
See all bookies with low Ukash deposit limits.
The Neteller ewallet is one of the two most popular online payment methods used by gamblers. It is quick and convenient – once you have it all set up and verified – but some bookies, most notably popular UK based ones, will not offer any deposit bonus to players using this option. Deposits using this option can be as low as €5.00.
You can get a debit card on your Neteller account, called a NetPlus card. It is great for withdrawing your winnings from an ATM, but note that as it is a Mastercard branded debit card you may have trouble using it to deposit to gambling sites.
See all sportsbooks with low Neteller minimum deposit limits.
This service used to be called MoneyBookers, and is still referred to by that name on some sites. Don’t be confused, they are the same service. As popular as Neteller among online gamblers, there may be similiar bonus restrictions on players making their first deposit using Skrill.
List of bookmakers with low Skrill deposit limits.
Visa, Mastercard, American Express, even Diners Club, credit cards are still the most widely used and most popular payment method used on the internet today. Accepted almost everywhere, there can be problems for some players when trying to deposit using their favorite plastic. It is also worth noting that Mastercard in particular can be difficult to use to deposit to onlien g ambling sites, and is almost always not allowed for withdrawals.
Probably even more popular and widely used than credit cards, debit cards such as Solo, Switch, Laser and Maestro are widely accepted by online betting sites. The advantage of using these is that your winnings will be immediately available on your card after your withdrawal goes through, and can be spent or withdrawn from a cash machine.
As a general online payment method, Paypal is the most common option but is only recently an option when it comes to gambling. Not available to players from America or Turkey, it can be one of the most efficient and economic options for players where it is available. It is usually among the options that have the lowest minimum requirements too. Unlike the above evoucher systems, if Paypal is offered as a deposit method then it is almost certainly offered as a withdrawal method.
See Paypal bookie with low deposit limits.
An almost anonymous debit card, Entropay is growing in availability among betting sites. But in order to get funds into your Entropay card you will need to use a credit card, so why not use that card in the first place?
This evoucher system is quite like Ukash, and is very easy to use if you find a place to buy the vouchers. Buying online will need another payment method, so again you would wonder why not just use that method to deposit to the gambling site in the first place and cut out the middleman. Of course the vouchers can be bought in shops in the real world too, and if you are near an outlet then this can be a great depositing option to use. The lowest amount you can deposit using Paysafe Card varies from bookie to bookie but can be as low as £1.00.
Some bookmakers that accept deposits by PaySafeCard will NOT allow withdrawals back to the same method.
See all betting sites with low PyaSafeCard deposit limits.
Also known simply as Poli, this option is country specific – Australia and New Zealand – but is widely available at bookmakers from many other countries. It takes a bit of setting up, connecting you bank account and verifying your identity, but when it is in place it is quick and convenient. Set up once with your bank, you can use it to deposit where ever it is offered.
Like Poli Pay above, there are many different brand names for what is essentially internet banking. These are great options for the responsible gambler. Having your bank account available to deposit to online bookmakers and other gambling sites is not something that anyone with a gambling problem should consider though, especially not if it is connected to your main bank account. If you even suspect that you could have a problem, do not even consider trying to use this option.
One of the less well supported payment options that are available, Clickandbuy is an online wallet service that has yet to penetrate the online gambling market. Supported by some well known bookmakers, it is a useful option if you already have a clickandbuy account for other reasons, but is probably not worth the trouble of setting one up solely for online gambling.
You can see those bookmakers with low clickandbuy limits here.
There are many other payment options available. We intend to cover the most popular ones here and we are working through them now, but some of the lesser well known ones will be country specific, and it is unlikely that we will give each of those smaller payment options their own page. However, we intend to list every payment option in the individual bookmaker reviews, so if you do not see the method you want to use listed here, check the bookies pages for it.