The money order is a safe but very slow deposit method accepted by a limited number of poker sites. They look sort of like personal cheques but must be purchased at an authorized retailer (bank, post office, etc.) and then mailed to the poker site of your choice. If you’re willing to wait for the postal service to deliver your money order, it works fine for funding your poker account.
Note to Players from the United States: I don’t know of any worthwhile poker sites that accept money order deposits. This is a difficult deposit method for US-facing sites thanks to banking regulations in the US. If you’re from the US and need to deposit, I would recommend trying a credit card or Western Union.
Most poker sites that accept money orders also accept personal cheques, but the money order is the better option if you have the choice. Money orders are extremely difficult to counterfeit or alter and the funds are guaranteed because you pay for the money order up front.
If you have access to other deposit methods, it would be worth your while to look at those first. Most other deposit options are processed instantly and will have you in the games in minutes. This is best looked as a “last resort” payment option.
However, I understand that sometimes the money order just works best. Your country may be limited on deposit options or you just like the security offered by an instrument that is almost impossible to alter. Whatever you reasons may be, the poker sites on this page accept money orders.
How to Deposit with a Money Order
The first step is to sign up for an account at the poker site of your choice and then log in and visit the cashier. Select “money order” from the list of deposit options and then you’ll be given instructions for completing the money order. These instructions will include the name of the person or company that the money order should be written to and the address to which it should be sent.
Now, visit your bank, the post office or any other location that sells money orders. Some banks waive the fees for customers, so check with your bank first. You must have the funds available at the time you purchase your money order. The cashier will ask you for the name and address of the recipient – this information should have already been provided to you by the poker site.
Your poker site may also ask you to note your account number. If that information is required, just let the cashier know that you need to add a note to the money order. The cashier will then print and hand you the money order. Now, you need to mail it to the address provided by your poker site.
Fees vary quite a bit with money orders. If you’re lucky, your bank will print you one for free. Otherwise, you may be asked to pay a small fee to whoever prints the money order for you. The best money order poker sites charge no fees on their end, but others may charge you to cover the expenses they incur in sending someone to the bank to deposit your money order.
I checked with the poker sites recommended above and none of them charge a fee for accepting money order deposits. Just know that some sites do add a surcharge. If you decide to play at some poker site not listed here, you may want to check with them first to find out if they impose any additional fees.
Deposit limits also vary. The minimum amount can be as low as nothing and as high as £1500. I wouldn’t recommend going too low with money orders simply because of the expense and time that goes into actually going out, purchasing a money order and mailing it in.
Maximum deposits range by quite a bit as well. Some poker operators accept a maximum of £30,000 while William Hill accepts cheques as high as £100,000. The odds are your bank will limit you before you reach the cap at any major poker site.
How long does it take to deposit with a money order?
Your poker account will be funded as soon as the poker site receives your money order in the mail. There is no additional wait time for the funds to clear like you would see with a regular personal cheque. On average, you can expect to see a delay of about 5 business days.