Poker Rooms Accepting Paypal
Paypal is one of the most popular and frequently used online wallets available, and so it is only natural for people to be interested in using it to fund their poker accounts.
Not all major poker rooms accept Paypal as a payment option, however, there are a handful of smaller poker rooms that do:
Best Paypal online poker rooms.
The major poker rooms such as PokerStars, Full Tilt and Party Poker do not accept Paypal as a deposit method (or withdrawal option). With these rooms you are going to have to use another popular deposit option such as Neteller, Skrill or use your credit card.
Unfortunately, the poker rooms that allow players to make deposits and withdrawals to their poker accounts using Paypal are in the minority.
Why don't more poker rooms accept Paypal?
All of these rooms are European based, which is the reason why Paypal is an accepted payment method. Paypal is more comfortable with allowing poker players to fund their European poker accounts rather than the poker rooms outside of Europe.
This is due to the deposit/withdrawal problems for US players since the UIGEA (Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act) of 2006, therefore Paypal will obviously want to play it safe and avoid any problems that can arise from allowing players to deposit to rooms outside of Europe.
What are these Paypal poker rooms like?
All of these Paypal poker rooms are also well-established sportsbooks and have branched out into the poker industry over the last few years. They each offer a high level of customer service and have good user-friendly software. The rooms also offer multi-currency tables, where you can choose between playing poker in Dollars, Euros, or Pounds depending on your personal preference.
However, the main problem is that Paypal-accepting poker sites often suffer from lower player volume. They do not have lower player traffic because they accept Paypal, it's just that the biggest rooms do not accept it as a payment method right now.
The majority of poker rooms accepting Paypal generally have lower player traffic.
The traffic isn't so low that it causes a problem. It's just something to be aware of. It isn't worth putting the effort in to find an alternative deposit method to play at a higher-traffic room if Paypal is the best option for you.
Using other online wallets instead of Paypal.
Although it is incredibly handy to be able to fund your poker account via Paypal, it may be in your best interest to take the time to open another online wallet such as Neteller or Skrill. These work exactly like Paypal, but are more widely used amongst poker websites (and gambling sites in general). These will allow you to deposit at the bigger online rooms with greater player traffic.
Update: Bitcoin is becoming increasingly popular as both a deposit and withdrawal method at online poker rooms.
I'd recommend getting one of these online wallets if you often move your bankroll around from one room to another. Deposits and withdrawals using an online wallet like Skrill are close to instant, whereas withdrawing to your bank account can take a few days. So if you're a regular player and sometimes want to move your money between rooms, use an online wallet to speed things up.
However, if you are still determined to use everyone’s favourite online wallet, it's good to know that there are a few rooms out there that are open to your Paypal poker efforts.
Go back to the Texas Hold'em rooms.