Neteller is an e-wallet service based in the United Kingdom, owned by publicly traded company Optimal Payments PLC. This company allows payments to and from online merchants, the merchants in question being almost exclusively gambling sites. A number of years ago, when online gambling was in its infancy, Neteller was one of the most popular deposit methods to online gambling sites, however this is no longer the case.
In this piece I take a look at all aspects of using Neteller to play Blackjack. I start with information about joining Neteller and the deposit process itself. I then look at the legal situation regarding using Neteller in the US. Finally I give some advice in finding an ideal casino for your Neteller deposit and look at the advantages of using this deposit method over others.
Depositing with Neteller
To open a Neteller account, you’ll head to their website and register. This will involve you filling out a form with your details, including your name, address, phone number and e-mail address. You’ll also have to verify your e-mail address by clicking on a link in an e-mail sent you by the site. Having finished the registration process, you’ll be ready to load funds into your Neteller account. You’ll be able to deposit to the account using a variety of differing payment types, including debit and credit cards, prepaid cards and checks.
With the account now holding funds, you’ll head to your casino of choice. Go to the cashier/deposit section of the site and click on the Neteller logo. You’ll fill in a form with your Neteller details and the amount you’d like to deposit. As Neteller works as a prepaid service, you’ll only be able to deposit up to the amount you have in your account. Check you have entered all of the details correctly, and then submit the deposit. You’ll find the funds in your casino account immediately.
Neteller in the US
Users from the US and Canada are no longer able to deposit using Neteller. This e-wallet company offered one of the most popular deposit methods for US gamblers until 2006. This all changed with the introduction of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA). This bill prohibited payments from financial institutions to gambling sites, and led Neteller, as well as many other e-wallet companies to leave the US gambling market. This was a big blow to the company, and much of their revenue stream was lost.
Choosing an Ideal Site
You’ll find a good number of sites where Neteller is available as a deposit option, so you should ensure that you find a site that fits your gambling needs. Your first consideration should be whether a site is actually reputable. There are many casino sites in operation and the majority of these are completely genuine, however you should take measures to ensure this is the case. Check a site is licensed and registered in a known gambling jurisdiction and has the appropriate “fair gaming” certificates on the site showing that the random number generators are doing their job properly. Many of the larger, well known sites fit the bill in this respect, having achieved this status by offering customers a good service over the years.
You should also consider the promotions at the site. You should be able to take advantage of a number of offers where you’ll gain free spins at the slots, cashback, comp points or other prizes. You may also be able to claim a bonus, although clearing a bonus is not always possible when playing blackjack and if it is you’ll contribute to the bonus at a much lower rate than other casino games.
You should also look at what a prospective site offers when it comes to blackjack itself. Some sites have very basic offerings, whilst others will have a great variety of games, including special progressive bonus games and blackjack varieties with different numbers of decks. Some sites will also offer blackjack in a live casino setting, where you’ll play with a glamorous dealer through a live stream.
The Advantages of a Neteller Deposit
When making a deposit using Neteller you’ll not be sharing your financial details with the casino site, making this deposit type one of the safest. This is particularly the case if making deposits to more than one casino. Many use Neteller as a gambling wallet, as moving money around is particularly easy and can give an added advantage of making use of more deposit bonuses (at sites where blackjack bonuses are attainable).