Although many online bingo sites allow you to play for free initially (and sometimes for as long as you wish, although usually, you’ll only be eligible to win bonuses and not real cash prizes), there’s likely to come a point when you’ll want to start using your own funds.
When the time comes to make your first deposit - and don’t forget to look out for the myriad of generous welcome bonuses that are on offer for first-time depositors at our recommended UK bingo sites - you’ll be presented with a number of different options.
Of course, not every online bingo operator offers the same payment methods, but there are several popular payment methods you’re likely to encounter. Deciding which one is right for you is a personal choice at the end of the day, but hopefully, this Payment Methods guide will help you find the right one for your requirements.
Payment methods at online bingo sites vary from traditional credit and debit cards, cheques, and bank transfers to pre-paid cards and e-wallet systems. Plus, with the huge uptake in mobile technology over the past few years, some online bingo operators now allow you to fund your online bingo account using your mobile phone bill.
A bank transfer, otherwise known as a wire transfer, is one of the most traditional payment methods in the world of online bingo. Bank transfers are guaranteed 100% safe and secure, but it can take up to 72 hours for your money to be transferred between your bank and your online bingo account, and just as long if you submit a withdrawal request.
The key details you’ll need when initiating a bank transfer are your bank account number, your routing number, and your bank’s SWIFT code. If you don’t know them, your bank should be able to provide you with the routing number and SWIFT code. Once you’ve provided your chosen online bingo site with this information, they’ll give you the necessary details to make your deposit.
Pros: Extremely safe and secure
Cons: Can take up to 72 hours
A few bingo operators offer cheque under their payment methods, but usually, it’s only an option for players who’ve deposited via a banking method that doesn’t allow withdrawals. As cheques take a long time to get your money to where it needs to be, it’s a last resort for most people.
Pros: Handy if you’re unable to withdraw to any other payment method
Cons: Takes too long
While the ClickandBuy logo still appears on many online bingo sites, the online payment system and MyWallet Card provider ceased trading in 2016. If you’re looking for a similar e-wallet system, we suggest you look at Paypal, Neteller, or Skrill.
Cons: Ceased to exist in 2016
Almost every online bingo site accepts credit and debit cards such as Visa Credit, Visa Debit, Visa Electron, Switch/Maestro, and MasterCard, and as most people own at least one, it can be a handy way to fund your online bingo account. Simply look for the Visa, MasterCard, or Maestro logo in the bingo cashier, and add your card details in the boxes provided. Once you’ve registered your card, you’ll be able to use it to make quick deposits and withdrawals in future.
Pros: Safe; secure; payments are encrypted; funds are moved instantly
Cons: Not everyone owns a debit or credit card
EcoPayz, which was previously known as Eco Card, is an e-wallet system that allows you to make deposits and withdrawals in over forty-five different currencies. You’ll need to create an EcoPayz account to establish your e-wallet, which is free to do. You can fund your e-wallet using your bank account or a debit/credit card, but we advise you to check the fees first.
Pros: Safe and secure
Cons: EcoPayz charges fees when you fund your e-wallet
Entropay is a pre-paid Virtual Visa Card that lets you top up your card with funds from your bank or a debit/credit card to make purchases at any site that advertises either Entropay or the Visa logo. You can apply for an Entropay card online, and once you have one, you’ll be able to make deposits and withdrawals at online bingo sites.
Pros: A virtual Visa card that provides a fast and flexible way to shop online
Cons: You’ll need to top up your card when your funds are running low
Neteller is one of the most popular e-wallet systems after Paypal, and it’s been serving online customers since 1999. You’ll need to begin by creating a Neteller account so that you can fund your e-wallet by linking it to your credit/debit card, bank account, or another payment method. You can make safe withdrawals and deposits using Neteller, but we advise you to check for any associated fees.
Pros: 100% safe as your banking details are not shared with the bingo site
Cons: Neteller charge transfer fees
Pay by Phone is the newest of all the online bingo payment methods, and you may see it listed as “Boku” or “PayForIt”. It allows you to charge your deposits to your phone bill. If you have a Pay Monthly contract, the cost is added to your next bill. If you have a Pay as You Go account, the cost of your deposit is deducted from your available PAYG credit. You can use Pay by Phone to deposit up to £30 per day, and you can only make deposits and not withdrawals.
Pros: Convenient and doesn’t require a bank account or credit/debit card
Cons: Restricted to daily deposit limit of £30, and can only make deposits and not withdrawals
Paypal is one of the easiest, safest, and quickest ways to send and receive online payments. When you make deposits and withdrawals at online bingo sites using Paypal, you aren’t sharing any of your sensitive details, so it’s 100% secure. If you don’t already have a Paypal account, you’ll need to set one up. Then, when you choose this payment method in the bingo cashier, all you need to do is choose how much you wish to deposit/withdraw, and you’ll be redirected to Paypal’s website to confirm the transaction.
Pros: Very safe, and allows you to make both deposits and withdrawals
Cons: Not all bingo sites include Paypal in their payment methods
You can purchase a Paysafecard at any participating retailer, and you can find your closest one by visiting the Paysafecard website; plus, you can order one online if you prefer. You can purchase cards of different values, starting at £10 and up to £100. Each card comes with a 16-digit number which you’ll need to enter into the banking system at your chosen online bingo site. You can also request withdrawals to your Paysafecard account using your registered email address.
Pros: Extremely safe, and doesn’t require a UK bank account or credit/debit card.
Cons: You could potentially lose your Paysafecard.
Skrill, which was previously known as Moneybookers, offers both an e-wallet and a pre-paid MasterCard service that lets you make deposits and withdrawals without having to hand over any banking details to the bingo operator. When you set up a Skrill account, your payment details are protected via special encryption software and, therefore, when you make a transaction at an online bingo site, your card details are not visible to the merchant. Simply choose Skrill as your preferred banking method, enter your chosen withdrawal/deposit amount, and log-in to your Skrill account to confirm the transaction.
Pros: Instant payments and top security
Cons: Not all sites include Skrill under their payment methods
Ukash was an electronic pre-payment system, which let people purchase a Ukash online voucher of a fixed monetary value containing a unique code that could be entered into the bingo cashier to make a deposit. While the Ukash logo still appears on many online bingo sites, Ukash vouchers ceased to exist in 2015 due to a business merger. If you’re looking for similar pre-pay payment methods, we suggest you look at Paysafecard.
Cons: Ceased to exist in 2015