It sure feels like we’re close to coming full circle in how we treat money in the digital age. Not all that long ago, it seemed we were on the verge of dropping cash entirely. Online banking, credit cards and e-wallets all made it so easy to do everything you needed without laying a single finger on that dirty, old-fashioned stuff the old-timers refer to as “cash.”
Ten thousand hacking news stories later and people are starting to hop back on the cash bandwagon. It’s hard to hack your bank account if you pay for things with cash. Online payment processors have also gotten on board and a few now offer a variety of methods that make it easy for people like you and I to turn physical cash into digital currency – no credit card or bank account necessary.
To get to the point, I’m here to tell you about three easy methods to play online poker for real money with cash. Each of the following payment methods makes it possible to convert your actual cash into a digital poker bankroll. You don’t need to sign up for an e-wallet or share a single digit of your bank account. All you need is a little cash.
In Most Countries: Paysafecard
Paysafecard is the easiest way to play poker with cash in most countries. All you have to do is visit the nearest pharmacy or petrol station and buy a card from the front counter. Hand the cashier your cash and then you will receive a receipt with a 16-digit PIN printed near the top. Go back to the poker site of your choice, redeem the PIN and you’re ready to play for real money.
If you’re familiar with Ukash, Paysafecard works in pretty much the same manner. Online payment processor Skrill owns both and it recently merged Ukash into Paysafecard. Ukash no longer exists, but Paysafecard works just as well. You can read more about it on our Paysafecard page here.
Paysafecard is available in: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, UK and Uruguay.
In Italy: Postepay
Postepay is definitely the way to play with cash if you live in Italy. You can pick up a prepaid Postepay card from any post office for €5 and load it with funds using a debit card. You need to show your ID card when you buy the card, but nobody is going to ask you for your bank account or credit card. All you need is cash and an ID.
Return to the poker site of your choice, log in to your account and select Postepay as your deposit method. Instructions on the screen will direct you through the last couple steps to complete your deposit. Prepaid Postepay cards can only be used to deposit what you have already loaded onto the card, so there’s no worry about someone stealing your information and running off with your money.
In Brazil: Boleto Bancário
Boleto is managed by a Brazilian company that understands the Brazilian market. You can get started with this payment method by first logging in to your poker site and selecting Boleto as your deposit method. A pop-up window will appear with a ticket that you can print and then take to the nearest post office or bank. There, you can pay your ticket in-person with cash and then wait for the funds to hit your poker account.
Boleto is safe and cheap, but the downside is that you will have to wait a few days for the funds to hit your poker account. It’s a little slow but it works well and is dependable.
On a side note, Boleto also comes in handy for Brazilians who have had trouble depositing with their credit or debit cards. Most credit cards issued in Brazil are limited to transactions in Brazilian Reais and most poker sites do not natively accept Real payments. Boleto bridges the currency gap between you and the best international poker sites.