Although American Express is a billion dollar behemoth in the business world, it doesn’t enjoy nearly the market share of some its competitors such as Visa and MasterCard. The list of poker sites that accept Amex deposits is always changing as old payment processors are phased out and new processors take their place. This makes it difficult to stay up to date with an accurate listing of the best American Express poker sites.
The sites that you see on this page have all accepted American Express deposits at some time or another. It’s possible things have changed since the publication of this page, but these recommendations are accurate as of the time of this writing. You’ll have the best luck funding your account at the following sites:
How to Deposit with American Express
The greatest challenge in getting started is simply finding a site that accepts Amex. Once you have that out of the way, the rest is easy. Here’s what you need to do to fund your account:
- Visit the poker website and sign up for an account
- Log in to your account and visit the cashier
- From the list of available deposit methods, select American Express
- Type in the amount you would like to deposit
- Type in your 15-digit card number
- If asked for your security or CVV code, type in the 4-digit number that’s printed separately on the front of your card
In all, it only takes a couple minutes to complete the whole process from beginning to end. The only challenge in all this is actually finding a poker site willing to accept your American Express card. They definitely exist, but it may take a little trial and error to find one that does.
Large poker sites do not charge any fees for using Amex to deposit. It’s possible your card issuer will tack on a fee but that’s rare. In most cases, it’s completely free to deposit. Some poker sites may even offer to reimburse you for any fees that your card issuer charges.
What if my favorite poker site doesn’t accept American Express?
If you already have a poker site in mind and it doesn’t accept American Express, it’s time to consider a different deposit method. All the world’s largest poker sites accept upwards of a dozen different deposit methods, including e-wallets such as Neteller and PayPal. Keep an open mind and you’ll find something that works for you.
If you’re dead set on using American Express to deposit, there is one other option. You can sign up for an account with Skrill and then use your card to fund your Skrill account. From there, you can use Skrill to deposit to almost every major poker site. Signing up for Skrill does add an extra step in the process, but you may actually find it useful.
Skrill allows you to store money online and then send that money to friends, pay for purchases online and receive cashouts from poker sites. In fact, Skrill is one of the main deposit methods I recommend to frequent poker players because it comes in so handy. It’s great for receiving cashouts and can be used to quickly move money from one site to the next. An account with Skrill will remove all uncertainty from the equation as pretty much every poker site accepts it.
What if my deposit is declined?
One issue that continues to plague the online poker industry to this day is problems depositing with credit cards of all brands. To make a long story short, the laws in some countries require banking institutions to block all transactions to or from poker sites. The effects of these laws bleed over into the rest of the industry and can affect you even if you live in a poker-friendly nation.
The end result is that occasionally credit card deposits are declined for no good reason. It doesn’t mean you’ve run out of money or that you typed in a number wrong (although that’s always possible). It’s usually just a result of the complicated banking regulations found around the world.
If this happens to you, the first thing you can do is try again and make sure you gave them the correct name, address and digits. If that doesn’t do the trick, you can try a different card and see if that works. If you’re still having problems, it would be best to try a different deposit method. This is another area in which a Skrill account proves useful. Your deposits to Skrill will never be declined, and Skrill deposits to poker sites are always successful.