So you’ve downloaded the casino (or chosen the Instant Play option) and entered all the necessary information. There’s one more step to playing a “real money” game — you need some real money in your account!
Funding your online casino account can be tricky, but it doesn’t need to be. Most online casinos offer a number of payment options, from credit cards to bank transfers, but the most convenient and safe way is to go with an e-wallet.
If you’ve ever used PayPal for an eBay auction or any one of zillions of other online merchants that accept PayPal, you’ve used an e-wallet. The problem, especially with casinos for USA players, is that not many online casinos accept PayPal — so you may want to investigate the other options.
Using e-wallets such as Click2Pay, ClickAndBuy, Moneybookers, and Webmoney deposits are great options for players outside the US, and Neteller, UseMyWallet, and eWalletXpress are excellent alternatives for the rest of us. There are many more ways to get money into an e-wallet than there are directly to an online casino, and you’ll benefit from the increased security and privacy, as well as the speed and convenience.
Prepaid debit cards are also very popular, and even more private and secure in that your name and information aren’t attached to them at all. The major credit card companies back a number of prepaid or debit card products (Solo, Switch, Electron and Maestro should be familiar names to many, especially in the UK), but there are also some companies that offer hybrid options — such as EcoCard, which has some of the best characteristics of an e-wallet and a debit card.
One thing worth keeping in mind is matching your habits with the terms of the payment method. For instance, if you tend to deposit and withdraw frequently, it makes a bit less sense to choose a method that charges high individual transaction fees. You might be better off in that case with a method that generates reward points per transaction!
This is one of the most important steps there are in the entire process and one that the individual should not take lightly. You must evaluate all of your options and use the one that makes the most sense. There is a lot to be lost by not paying this step close enough attention especially if for one reason or another your personal information gets into the hands of someone that is not supposed to have it. Every intelligent person will head my warnings and pay close attention to the choices they make during this crucial step. if you find yourself in doubt, do more research in order to ensure the right decision is made the first time.