American Express cardholders have traditionally found no fault with their choice of credit card companies. But for online gaming, it’s been more difficult to find websites that accept this method of payment. Fortunately, American Express poker sites are becoming more abundant for US players.
There are two types of poker sites accepting Americans these days. The first are legally regulated online poker rooms available in Delaware, Nevada and New Jersey. However, only players physically located in those states are permitted to play for real money, and not a single one of them accept American Express poker deposits. We’ll talk more about alternative ways to make a deposit with American Express in a moment.
The second type of online poker rooms for US players are the offshore variety; those not regulated in the United States. While the number of offshore poker sites open to US players has fallen drastically in recent years, there are still some very reliable sources out there. Of those few, some even facilitate American Express poker deposits.
Are American Express Poker Deposits Secure?
Generally speaking, yes, American Express poker deposits are completely secure. To answer the question more literally, however, it’s not the security of the deposit method that bares inquisition, but rather the operator with which the deposit is being made. Any reputable poker site will deliver utmost security in the facilitation of payments.
Alternatives for American Express Poker Deposits
If you live in New Jersey and want to play online poker at a site like Borgata Poker or Party Poker, you won’t find American Express on the list of available deposit methods. However, you will find the popular eWallet, Skrill. And it just so happens that Skrill proudly accepts American Express, along with all other major credit/debit cards, making this a perfect alternative for players who want to use their American Express to fund their online poker account.
Offshore poker sites, however, don’t allow US players to pay with Skrill, but the majority of them do accept Cash Transfers through agencies like Western Union and Money Gram. Again, American Express poker deposits can be facilitated through these cash transfer services.
Can I make a Withdrawal with American Express?
Unfortunately, online poker players cannot use American Express when requesting a withdrawal. An alternative payment method must be selected. Most US-facing offshore operators will only process withdrawals via paper check (in the mail) or direct bank wire transfer. US regulated poker sites generally offer a few more options, but American Express poker withdrawals are not among them.
How to Deposit at American Express Poker Sites
Making a poker deposit with your American Express card is a simple process. First, you will need to log into the website and click over to the banking/cashier section, choosing to deposit via credit/debit card. Then, from the drop down menu, choose American Express as the card type.
You will be asked to fill in the usual information, including the card number, expiration date and security code located on the back of the card. You will also have to enter your full name as it appears on the card, along with your address. Input the amount you wish to deposit and submit the form. Your funds will be available for immediate use in your online poker account.
Please note that the name and address associated with your poker account must exactly match the name and address associated with the credit card. Otherwise, the American Express poker deposit will be declined.