When the first regulated online poker sites in the US opened their doors last year, one of the key complaints – among many others – was the lack of available deposit methods. Members of Nevada’s newest poker site, Real Gaming, won’t have to worry about that anymore. According to an announcement made by representatives of the online poker room yesterday, players can now make an instant deposit at any in-state 7-11 convenience store outlet using the PayNearMe funding method.
PayNearMe is a nationwide, cash transaction network that allows users to make immediate payments for a multitude of purposes; everything from online purchases to utility bills. It’s accepted at hundreds of locations throughout Nevada, including more than two hundred 7-11 stores. And while the online poker site is gearing members towards the nearest 7-11 chain, all Family Dollar general stores and Ace Cash Express agents also accept the payment method.
To use the new online poker deposit method at Real Gaming, players can log into their account and visit the banking section. From there, they will have several methods to choose from, including ACH (e-check), wire transfer, check by mail, and PayNearMe. To use PayNearMe, the player must click on the option labeled “Deposit at 7-11”. If the player is logged into the poker site, they will be taken to a page with a special barcode. If they are not logged in, they will be asked to login before they can access the barcode.
The barcode can be obtained in one of two ways. The player can print it out on a sheet of paper, or access it on their mobile device. Then, they can go to the nearest 7-11, Family Dollar or Ace Cash Express location, present the barcode (printed or directly on mobile screen) to the cashier. They will scan the barcode and ask for the amount of the payment. The player pays in cash, and the retailer will instantly notify Real Gaming that the purchase was made, thus the funds are available in no more than 60 seconds of finalizing the transaction. The player also receives a receipt as proof of purchase.
The convenience of paying at a local market that is so readily available throughout the state of Nevada will surely be a huge plus for online poker players in the state. Adding in the fact that Real Gaming is accessible on all major operating systems, including Android, Apple iOS, Windows, Mac and Linux/Ubuntu, and making a payment at a regulated US online poker site without providing sensitive information over the internet has never been easier.
Real Gaming, owned and operated by South Point Hotel & Casino, just went live with its internet poker site in February of this year, putting the brand far behind its two major rivals; Ultimate Poker, which launched in April of 2013, and WSOP.com, online since September 2013. That alone has held the operator back in terms of harvesting traffic, and the fact that it’s officially remained in ‘beta testing’ mode all this time isn’t helping matters either. However, directors have stated time and again that they do not want to fully launch a product that they don’t feel is ready for Nevada’s online poker community – not like both of their competitors, as well as every online poker site live in New Jersey, did last year.
Real Gaming, via South Point, was the first operator to receive an online poker license in the United States and has been building its platform from the ground up. The website describes a vision to “focus on new approaches and ideas in order to deliver new technologies and experiences” to their customers. With the addition of such a convenient payment method, if the post-beta software release can live up to that vision, perhaps Real Gaming will eventually be able to give Ultimate Poker and WSOP.com a run for their poker chips.