April 15, 2011 brought online poker in the U.S. to a virtual standstill as PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker were indicted for various crimes including money laundrying. This being said there are still a number of poker rooms out there that are still taking U.S. players such as FeltStars, Carbon Poker, and Bodog that have a very slim chance of following the same fate as PokerStars and Full Tilt due to their smaller size. Now the issue is safe depositing and withdrawing options for those U.S. players.
Top Online Poker Depositing Options
Credit cards in all their forms are still some of the best and easiest ways to get your money onto a poker room. It doesn’t matter if it is a Visa or Mastercard most poker rooms offer this depositing option. This includes pre-paid Visa and Mastercards and also debit cards that have a Visa or Mastercard symbol. There are certain banks that have blocked these transactions, but there are many more that have not made any action against online poker rooms.
Such support rooms for credit cards include Carbon Poker, FeltStars, PokerPlayerCafe, and Doyles Room. Each has its own bonuses and perks, so be sure to consult room reviews and also the best deals like rakeback or additional perks for playing on a particular room.
A bank wire can also be an excellent source of poker rooms funding. These are also known as eChecks and are still used by many Americans to fund their accounts on U.S. poker networks like Merge Gaming, Cake Network, and Bodog. Supported rooms include FeltStars, Carbon Poker, Intertops Poker, and Doyles Room
This is an interesting eWallet that allows users to load money onto it to fund purchases across the online world including online poker. This is a by invitation only service but you can usually earn an invitation from a poker room’s cashier by writing an email to their customer service and requesting one. This very highly reviewed service that is supported by Carbon Poker, FeltStars, PokerPlayerCafe, Cake Poker, and Intertops Poker.
Top Online Poker Withdrawing Options
If you can use an eCheck or Bank Wire to fund your poker room account, you can usually use the same option to withdraw your money as well. This is the case for many rooms, but not all. Supported rooms includes Carbon Poker, FeltStars, and Intertops.
The eWallet is also a well-known withdrawal source. Withdraws are usually pretty fast and very secure. Supported rooms include Carbon Poker, FeltStars, PokerPlayerCafe, Cake Poker, and Intertops Poker.
The final withdraw suggestion is a traditional Mailed Check from the poker room. This option tends to have a cost attached to it, but if you deposited your money using electronic methods and want the money to come directly back to you a couriered check is by far the easiest way to get your money back as you do not have to deal with any wire transfers. This withdraw option is virtually universal among poker rooms.
The main thing to remember is to research your new poker room. Check Pokerstars and Pokernews for up to date reviews and deals. Also know that to play online poker or fund your poker room account is NOT illegal at all unless you live in the state of Washington.