Moneybookers / Skrill is a digital wallet or “e-wallet” that provides their customers with a way to easily make and accept payments online. Rebranded as Skrill, they are a direct competitor to Neteller, and outside of the gambling industry, PayPal, too.
The premise to Moneybookers is to fund your e-wallet with money via bank transfer credit/debit card or a transfer from another Moneybookers’ user. With funds at your disposal you can shop at thousands of sites online — including online blackjack casinos — as well as use the prepaid MasterCard to shop anywhere (online or off) that MasterCard is accepted.
And like Neteller, Moneybookers is a go-to option for blackjack players.
For everyone else, though, Skrill is an excellent option. This page will serve as a guide for what casinos accept Skrill as payment, as well as how to make your deposit once you sign up.
Casinos and Software Providers That Accept Skrill
Here are some of the top casinos and software providers that accept Moneybookers.
- Real Time Gaming (RTG)
- Blueprint Software
Truth be told, you should not have a problem finding a casino that accepts Moneybookers. If you come across a casino that doesn’t accept Moneybookers you should seriously question the legitimacy of that casino. I can all but guarantee that it won’t be worth your time.
How to Get Started with Moneybookers
Before you can fund your blackjack account you’ll first need to setup your Moneybookers account. The account is free — just visit Moneybookers and give them all the standard details including your name, address, phone number, email, etc.
Once your account has been created you’ll want to put some money in your wallet. You can use one of the following methods to fund your account:
- Bank transfer
- eps / NetPay
- Online bank transfer
- ePay Bulgaria
- Giro Online
- Debit / Credit Card (Visa, MasterCard, Diners, Amex)
The options available to you will depend on what country you live in. Unlike Neteller, Moneybookers has fewer options to fund your account. However, that also means there are fewer options that you can use that will have a fee attached to them. So a catch 22 here.
How quickly your funds are available will depend on the option you use. I can’t use Moneybookers, but from using PayPal I can tell you that money transfers will usually take a couple of days, while funding your account using something like a debit/credit card will darn near be instant.
Once the funds are in your account you can shop online. Of course, you can fund your blackjack account, too.
How to Deposit and Withdraw Using Moneybookers
The deposit process for Moneybookers is straightforward enough.
You’ll want to enter the cashier and choose Moneybookers as an option. You’ll then enter how much you want to deposit. Once you hit submit, a window will popup that will ask you to log-in to your Moneybookers account. From here Moneybookers will give you several options for how to fund your account:
- Use your Moneybookers (Skrill) account balance.
- Pay using a bank transfer. This will take 2-3 days.
- Use a credit or debit card.
- Use instant banking.
Keep in mind that your transaction may be timed. If you take too long to complete your request, your transaction might time out and you’ll have to start over. Also, this process and the options available to you may depend on the casino. But, in general, this is how you can expect everything to happen.
Moneybookers is available for withdrawals, too, but this will depend on the country you live in. The process will be about the same, and your funds will be in your account within 24 hours.
Once your funds are back in your account you can once again use it to shop online, send to friends or family, pay for services or spend using the prepaid card. You can also transfer your winnings back to your blackjack or bank account. It’s all up to you.
Chances are that you won’t have to pay fees at the casino (or sports book, poker room, bingo hall, etc) for making a deposit or withdrawal using Moneybookers. However, you will have fees for using Moneybookers to move funds to and from your wallet and bank account.
The fees for funding your Moneybookers account will vary from free to 1.90 percent. This is much lower than Neteller, which has fees as high as 8 percent, and PayPal, which has fees of 3 percent on incoming funds.
Fees for withdrawing your funds will vary from free for a bank transfer to $1.80 for Visa to $3.50 for a paper check. You’ll want to double check the fees, though, as Moneybookers covers 40 different currencies. So they may be different from one country/person to the next.
Advantages and Disadvantages
There are advantages and disadvantages to using Moneybookers. I thought I’d share those here so that you could decide for yourself if Moneybookers is the ideal option for you.
Moneybookers is discreet. Anyone that has access to your bank account will only be able to see payments sent to Moneybookers. They won’t know where you’re making payments to. This can be helpful if you don’t want your spouse, friends or family to know you’re playing blackjack online.
- Moneybookers has low fees. From what I can tell they’re lower than both Neteller and PayPal.
- Moneybookers is accepted at hundreds, if not thousands of online websites / ecommerce stores. You can also shop anywhere that accepts MasterCard if you have their prepaid card.
- Receive your funds to your blackjack account instantly. There’s no delay when you use Moneybookers to make a deposit.
- All of the major casinos accept Moneybookers. So if that’s your payment of choice, you’ll never have to worry about whether or not you’ll be able to use it.
- Americans can’t use Moneybookers. This is a common theme, and unfortunately, a sucky one.
This isn’t us being biased. Moneybookers is that good of a banking method. If you’re not using it yet, and you can, I have to ask — why not?