Visa doesn’t need an introduction. After all, they’re only the largest financial services company, with nearly 40% market share in the credit card market and 60% in the debit card market. In 2009 they processed $4.4 trillion dollars. So chances are that you’ve seen them somewhere; either from your bank, prepaid cards at your local drug or grocery store, or on a commercial. In fact, they’re an exclusive sponsor of the Olympic games, with a contract that isn’t up for renewal until 2020.
That’s just Visa as a company though. You’re here because you want to know how to use Visa to fund your blackjack account.
You won’t be disappointed. Visa is an accepted deposit method at every casino I’ve come across—for both international and American players. That’s right, US players can use their Visa to fund their accounts. However, only select international players will be able to withdraw to their Visas.
In addition to being widely accepted, Visa is a solid option because there are no (or very little) fees, your funds clear quickly and most casinos have (relatively) high deposit limits. So if that sounds good to you and you’re ready to learn more, than I encourage you to read the rest of this guide to using Visa to play blackjack for real money online.
Casinos and Software Providers That Accept Visa
Here are some of the top casinos and software providers that accept Visa.
- Real Time Gaming (RTG)
- Blueprint Software
The list can go on and on. The real question here is, who doesn’t accept Visa? And if you can actually name a casino or two, make a note to avoid them at all costs. With so many great casinos out there that do accept Visa (and other credit cards), I’d guess that a casino that doesn’t is unheard of, unsafe and not worth your time.
How to Get Started with Visa
Before you can make a deposit with Visa you will need a Visa debit, credit or prepaid card. We can’t help you with the debit or credit card aspect. You’ll need to sign up to a bank or credit union, start a checking account and ask for a card. In the case of a credit card you’ll need to apply for one, thus you’ll need a good credit score.
A Visa prepaid card you can buy online, or from your local store. I’ve seen them available in grocery, convenience, convenient and department stores. Just load them up with however much you want to deposit online, pay for it and you’ll be set.
You can sign up for an online Visa prepaid card, too. One example is Visa Qiwi. This option is specific to Russian players and accepted at sites like 888 Casino. You can put as little as $25/300 rubbles or as much as $1,000/30,000 rubbles on one card and it’s good for 2 months.
That’s 3 examples of where to get a Visa branded (virtual) piece of plastic that you can use to fund your blackjack account. There might be more, but I think this will help 99.9 percent of you to get started.
How to Make Deposits and Withdrawals Using Visa
Making a deposit with your Visa is easy and fast. What you need to do is visit the cashier and choose Visa. If you have a Visa prepaid card, such as the Qiwi example above, you might need to choose that specific option.
On the next screen you’ll enter how much you want to deposit, your card number, expiration date and the 3-digit code found on the back of your card. Then hit submit.
The funds should be available in your account instantly. Literally within seconds. That’s all there is to it.
Withdrawals will work the same way. Enter your information and the casino will process your request and put the funds back on your card. This is available for select players/countries and can take 3-7 days to complete.
Every casino I’ve come across have no fees for making the deposit. For withdrawals it will be hit or miss depending on the casino and the specific Visa option you use. I wouldn’t expect to pay more than a couple of percent points or a couple of dollars, though. It’ll be much cheaper than a bank wire or similar.
Advantages and Disadvantages
There are advantages and disadvantages to all banking methods. My goal here is to share what I feel are the biggest pros and cons to Visa so that you can determine if you want to use it or not to fund your blackjack account
- Deposits with Visa or fast. It takes just a few minutes to enter your information and usually no more than a couple of minutes for approval. Using a Visa you could go from not having an account to playing blackjack in, maybe, 10-15 minutes. And probably faster.
- Little to no fees. You’ll have to search for a casino that will charge you to use Visa for deposits/withdrawals.
- Multiple options. You can use most (if not all) cards branded with Visa to make a deposit. This includes credit, debit, gift and (virtual) prepaid cards.
- Widely accepted. I challenge you to find a casino that doesn’t accept Visa.
- US players can use Visa to make a deposit.