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Funding an Online Poker Account - Deposit Options

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Online poker is a great way to get involved with the poker movement. You can play at anytime, at any level, for virtually any amount of money. If you want to play for real money though, you're going to have to load your poker account with funds. How to do this? Although account-loading options have been limited in the U.S. by the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, you still have a number of options for getting your money onto a poker site.

ePassporte

ePassporte is essentially an online debit card. You load your ePassporte Virtual Visa account with a credit card, debit card or a transfer from a checking account. Once the transfer is made, you can use ePassporte to purchase goods and services online and to load your poker account. While sites like PokerStars do not charge customers for loading their poker account through ePassporte, there is a slight fee for loading ePassporte itself, $5 per $100 load if loading using a credit or debit card, $2 per load (after $5 for the initial $100 load) if loading from a checking account. You can cash out from your poker account to ePassporte as long as you have made at least one purchase with ePassporte.

NETeller (No U.S.)

NETeller is a third party account that allows you to load funds that can then be transferred into your poker account. NETeller is not available as a poker account loading options for U.S. players. If you are operating outside the U.S., you can fund your poker account from NETeller for free, although NETeller typically charges a 3.9 percent fee for loading your NETeller account using a credit or debit card.

Click2Pay (No U.S.)

For some sites, the Click2Pay system is an option. Go to Click2Pay.com, indicate your language and fill out the simple form. Once you give your personal information including name and e-mail address, you will be able to load your Click2Pay account and can then load your poker account directly from Click2Pay. Click2Pay also does not accept U.S. accounts at this time.

Debit MasterCard

Although many online poker sites are reluctant to accept credit cards, sites will sometimes except debit MasterCards. This is a great option for U.S. players as it is quick and simple. However, you may not be able to use the debit MasterCard as a cash out method. For this reason, you may have to use an alternate method of cashing out.