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Newcomers to the world of online gaming, and not just newcomers, may be somewhat perplexed about the broad range of payment methods available today.

E-wallets, bank transfers, credit or debit cards, prepaid cards, online secure transfer, wire transfers: all vie for your attention, particularly at more established casinos or the ones which focus on specific regions.

Did you know, for instance, that making payment to an online casino outside Norway is illegal in that country (they have their own State-run online gaming business) and wholly illegal in many US states (again, in a state of flux at the time of writing, it’s quite complex and there’s a difference between the legal status of an individual, and that of an online provider who facilitates payment to an online casino).

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Additionally, casinos catering to emerging markets (most notably Russia) often host a variety of payment providers specific to those arenas too.

It’s a function of the relative newness of the online gaming industry, and the online world as a whole; there are grey areas in other aspects of commercial activity online as well of course.

Anyway, so much for background, but what about specifics?

Well, some of the most popular destinations for online gamers are casinos online that accept Paysafecard.

Paysafecard is an Austrian-based company which has been in business since 2000 and has subsidiaries in a number of different jurisdictions including Gibraltar, the UK and the US.

The product is available from around 450,000 outlets in a wide range of countries (check the company’s website to see if yours is one of them!).

But how do Paysafecard casinos work?


Quite simply, we’re happy to announce, but before we explain the process, we just need to clarify just what type of payment method Paysafecard actually is.

The online revolution has facilitated several different ways of paying securely online. One of the methods which has attracted the most notoriety lately is of course Bitcoin, but that is beyond the scope of this item (incidentally there are some casinos accepting Bitcoin!).

Aside from the more ‘traditional’ ways of making payment, ie. credit/debit card, and bank/wire transfer (both of which can be more time consuming and/or incur fees) there is the phenomenon of the e-wallet.

An e-wallet is an online virtual wallet into and out of which both player and casino can make deposits and withdrawals.

One of its main advantages is that it is more anonymous than an online credit/debit card for those who don’t wish to divulge their personal details to a third party (even though it’s secure as can be!).

On the other hand e-wallets are not available in all jurisdictions, and they do still leave some kind of paper trail.

One of the quickest and easiest ways to make payment is via a prepaid card (or number or similar) and that’s where Paysafecard comes in.

When you play at an online casino accepting Paysafecard, you’ll find the procedure quite straightforward.

You simply buy a card from a participating sales outlet, in increments of €10, €25, €50, or €100 (and approximately the same for other currencies like £ or $), which has a 16-digit PIN number.

This PIN number is, naturally, the key to playing at Paysafecard casino sites; you can destroy the card after purchasing it (in fact, that would be a good exercise in security) but make sure you retain the number for future use.

You don’t have to use all your purchased amount in one go, and on the other hand if you want to make a larger deposit at a Paysafecard casino online, you can buy multiple cards (up to a maximum of 10 concurrently).

There is even an app for your phone which helps locate your nearest outlet so you can get playing on a Paysafecard casino (if you use your phone to play mobile games!).

One other point to note when you’re playing at online casinos that use Paysafecard, or indeed using Paysafecard for other purposes (plenty of online shops accept it as a payment method) is that, whilst there are no fees for using your PIN number online, any unused credit remaining after 1 year will incur a €2 fee for every month thereafter that credit is unused.

On the other hand, since you would choose to play at a Paysafecard online casino precisely due to the fact that it is rapid and straightforward, and with the relatively modest amounts that it is possible to purchase, we can’t imagine such a situation ever actually happening.

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