Wouldn’t it be nice to use cash to buy goods online? You wouldn’t have to give strangers your credit card number and you could pay instantly without generating an electronic paper trail. Technology hasn’t quite gotten to the point where we can slip notes into our computers like a vending machine, but Paysafecard does offer the next best thing.
Paysafecards can be purchased with actual cash in the real world and then redeemed online to fund your poker account. No bank account or credit card is necessary; all you need is a little cash and an account at any of the many poker sites that accept Paysafecard.
Depositing with Paysafecard
Paysafecard is a simple deposit method for the most part. The only thing you need to do before getting started is visit this page to see if there’s a location near you. The odds are pretty good you’ll find one relatively close considering they are sold at more than 480,000 locations across 40 countries.
Once you’ve found a place to buy Paysafecard vouchers, here’s what you need to do:
- Visit any store that sells them and tell the cashier you would like to buy a Paysafecard.
- Vouchers are sold in increments of £10, £25, £50, £75 and £100. You can buy up to 10 at a time and combine them to make deposits of up to £1,000 per day.
- The cashier will give you a voucher with a 16-digit number printed across the front.
- Go back home and log in to the poker site of your choice.
- Visit the poker site’s cashier and choose “Paysafecard” as your deposit method.
- Type in your 16-digit pin when asked for it.
- Your poker account will be credited instantly and you’re ready to go.
There are no fees associated with Paysafecard for the first twelve months. If you don’t use the entire balance within a year of purchase, they’ll deduct a £2/month fee. Just purchase Paysafecards for what you need and you won’t pay any fees.
Speaking of which, it’s best to use your Paysafecard quickly because they are treated just like cash. If you leave your card somewhere and someone else picks it up, there’s nothing stopping that person from using the card. This is the only real disadvantage to using a deposit method that works just like virtual cash.
My Paysafecard Account
Paysafecard vouchers can be used without an online account of any sort, but the company does offer an optional online account if you’d like to keep track of your balance, look up past transactions and combine multiple vouchers. The account also comes with a loyalty program that rewards you with discounts and free gifts as you accumulate rewards points.
They also offer iPhone and Android apps that allow you to quickly find sales locations and check your account balance. Again, this is all optional. If you’d prefer to keep everything anonymous and cash-based, you do not need to sign up for an account or download any apps.
Can I use Paysafecard in the USA?
Paysafecard is available in the United States but it does not allow Americans to deposit to poker sites. Paysafecard is regulated by the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority and is therefore obligated to abide by international banking regulations.
Does it support withdrawals?
No. Paysafecard can only be used to deposit at online poker sites. When you’re ready to cash out your winnings, you can do so via electronic bank transfer, cheque or transfer to an e-wallet.
Paysafecard is about as secure as it gets for online payments. Purchases are anonymous and require no personal information. It is therefore impossible for anyone to somehow hack the system and get access to your private details.
The biggest potential security risk is in losing the actual card. You can call customer support and have any PIN number frozen if you suspect theft, but it is possible to lose a card and just be out of luck if you don’t have a receipt. However, the most you could ever lose with Paysafecard is the amount on that one card.