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Talking about your favorite payment methods is a great way to ruin a date. Much like electricity bills, taxes, and politics, the way you choose to pay for goods and services is not a very interesting topic of conversation. It doesn’t mean it's any less important in the real world though, especially when it comes to buying things on the internet.
It’s a bit of an obvious point but the more payment methods your company accepts, the greater number of potential customers you can serve. For this reason, the iGaming sector, a provider of casino games like poker, blackjack, and roulette, has made accepting alternative payment services a part of its identity.
Here are just a few ways you can spend your money on casino games this winter, whether you’re a card shark or a regular at the bingo hall.
Pay by Phone Bill
A bit of a unique option, British casino, PocketWin, lets users deposit by phone, effectively deferring the payment until the end of the month when it’s added to their phone bill. This method is available to both contract and pay-as-you-go users. In the latter case, the cost of their gaming is taken from the player’s remaining credit.
The benefits of paying in this way are numerous – no credit or debit card details change hands, it’s easy to set up, and PocketWin’s deposit limits mean that it’s easy to budget for your gaming session without the risk of overspending. PocketWin does offer more conventional payment options (PayPal, Visa, etc.) as well.
Skrill is a payment option with a heavy emphasis on transactions to and from gaming and iGaming services. The service is very similar to PayPal albeit with a few advantages over its competitor, such as a VIP program, a reward system, and a different (arguably more consumer-friendly) fee structure for payments and deposits.
Skrill recently acquired paysafecard, another major payment processor in the iGaming industry. The service is usable in 200 countries worldwide.
Cryptocurrencies are a new type of money that had its inception in 2008 with Satoshi Nakamoto’s Bitcoin. Since then, more than 600 different types of cryptocurrency have made their way onto the market, ranging from the humorous (Dogecoin) to Bitcoin variations (Litecoin, Ripple) to the deadly serious, like currency and programing ecosystem, Ethereum.
Websites accepting Bitcoin in the iGaming niche often do so exclusively, featuring currency conversion on their homepage to make the exchange from fiat currencies (pounds, dollars, etc.) to Bitcoin a little easier. It’s probably worth mentioning that any company that accepts payment processing service, Neteller, is an option for Bitcoin users.
As a final point, keep an eye out for promotions that help your deposits go a little further at the online casino, such as welcome and loyalty bonuses. PocketWin, for example, gives new players free spins on selected slot machines or a £5 play in their virtual bingo halls. It’s a fairly standard practice in the online casino world but the value of bonuses varies from site to site.