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PayPal, and Neteller, and Skrill, oh my!

There are numerous payment processor options for poker players, it can be quite daunting to go over them all. Some can be used for deposits or withdrawals only, but many associated with the best online poker sites can be used for all transactions. Ranking different payment processors for online poker helps players choose the one that best suits your online poker needs. (As well as what works best to get your your money!)

Whether playing on 888poker or PokerStars or most other sites offering online poker in Canada, there are several payment processors that are the most highly recommended.


One of the most well-known payment processors in the world is PayPal, and it is available for many online poker sites now, too.

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888 Poker allows PayPal in many countries, including just recently the United States, though PokerStars’ PayPal relationship is still developing. When logging into an account, check to see if the poker site accepts PayPal, as it is one of the most reliable and trusted ways to transfer money online in the world. As the company renews its relationship with the online gaming community, it will happen that more poker sites accept PayPal going forward.

Canadian online poker rooms accepting PayPal:

Instant eChecks

One of the most common ways for players using the best online poker sites to transfer money is via echecksinstant eChecks. They can be used for deposits and cashouts, and all a player needs is a bank checking account. Funds for sites like PokerStars are deposited immediately and take several days for withdrawals.

Canadian online poker rooms accepting eChecks:

Visa & Mastercard

The best online poker sites in the world work with Visa and Mastercard to offer players simple transactions. For online poker in Canada, for example, many banks that issue Visa and Mastercard to customers do allow deposits and withdrawals, though the final decision is up to the financial institution. But PokerStars, 888 Poker, and others urge players to try these credit card methods for ease and expediency.

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Canadian online poker rooms accepting Visa & Mastercard:


EntroPay is a prepaid and virtual Visa card that acts as a credit card for online purchases. The best online poker sites offer this method, including PokerStars and 888poker. Customers can load the EntroPay card via any major credit card without risking the actual credit card information on the Internet. Online poker in Canada is safe for transactions, but EntroPay offers an extra layer of protection for those wary of criminals finding ways to steal credit card numbers online.


paysafecardThis is one of the fastest growing companies in the world. Paysafecard is an easy way for customers playing online poker in Canada to fund their accounts. By purchasing a card online and transferring money to it, the card becomes a quick way to deposit funds to most online poker sites, and it is one of the best PokerStars payment methods. This is especially handy when a customer is unable to use their Visa or Mastercard due to bank restrictions. Keep in mind, however, that this is not an option for withdrawals of winnings from online poker accounts.


Players on 888 Poker and other sites have used Neteller since online poker in Canada began. Many online customers already have Neteller accounts, and they are easy to establish for those who do not have one. Deposits and withdrawals are then easy and quick for most of the best online poker sites.

Canadian online poker rooms accepting Neteller:


Not all online poker sites still do business with Skrill due to fees, but 888poker does offer the option, as it remains popular with many online gamers. All 888poker players worldwide can use Skrill for deposits and withdrawals, and the process is simple and relatively fast.


Canadian online poker rooms accepting Skrill:

Wire Transfers

Of all of the 888poker and PokerStars payment methods, this is one of the most popular despite most banks charging a wire transfer fee. It is a secure way to transfer money online, obtain confirmation, and establish a paper trail for accounting purposes if a customer chooses. Online poker in Canada is known for fast wire transfers, and nearly every one of the best online poker sites offers this option, though most often for withdrawals. Check with your online poker site regarding deposits.

Bank Transfers

Many online poker sites accept bank transfers, though mostly for withdrawals of winnings only. 888poker is one of the sites in Canada, however, that allows deposits through this method as well. A trusted bank can arrange a transfer in 72 hours or less, and players can access that money within 24 hours or less of the final transaction. The security of a bank transfer is the reason it is so popular.

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Jennifer Newell

Jennifer has been a freelance writer in the poker industry for a decade. She left a full-time job with the World Poker Tour to tell the stories of poker. She now lives in St. Louis, writes about poker while pursuing other varied interests, and speaks her mind on Twitter… a lot.