February 2017 US Offshore Online Poker Payment Processing Report
Cashout times remained similar to last month at most U.S.-friendly poker sites. This is good news as the Super Bowl demand can sometimes strain processing resources at offshore sites. At this point, that has not happened. The widespread use of Bitcoin is a likely reason for that.
The big news in the past month is the sale of the Bodog Poker Network. The buyer is a Hong Kong investment group. The new name of the network is PaiWangLuo. Several new countries in Central and South America countries are now accepted. This should help increase traffic on the largest network that accepts U.S. players.
Last month’s grades may be found here. Last month’s grades are in parenthesis.
Ignition Casino A+ (A+)
Ignition Casino is the U.S. skin for what was known as the Bodog Poker Network until recently. Bitcoin withdrawals are processed in amounts up to $9,500. The transfer is made in one to three days. There is never a fee for a Bitcoin withdrawal. Players may request one every five days.
Checks are processed in amounts up to $3,000. The fee is $50. Players may receive one free check every 120 days. These are delivered in 4-10 days.
Intertops A+ (A+)
Intertops is the flagship of the Horizon Poker Network. This was once known as Revolutionary Gaming. There are three ways to get paid by Intertops.
Bitcoin is the fastest way to get paid. These transactions are processed in one or two days. The maximum withdrawal amount is $2,500 per week. There is never a fee for Bitcoin withdrawals at Intertops.
BetOnline A (A)
BetOnline continues to process payments to U.S. players quickly. Bitcoin withdrawals are processed in one or two days. The maximum withdrawal amount for this method is $5,000. The fee is two percent.
Bank wires are paid in amounts up to $24,900. These are processed in two to four weeks. The fee is based on the amount of the transaction.
Checks are processed in a week or two. These are sometimes made in the form of a money order. The maximum amount is $2,500. The fee is $25 by traditional mail, $35 by courier and $50 for an overnight delivery.
Cash transfers are available in amounts up to $500. The fee is $101. These are sent in a day or two.
Players may receive one free withdrawal fee per month. The maximum fee waived is $50. Any withdrawal higher than that amount receives a $50 discount.
Winning Poker Network A (A-)
Cashout speeds improved at the Winning Poker Network’s main cashier. It services Americas Cardroom, Black Chip Poker and True Poker.
The fastest way to get paid by Winning Poker is by Bitcoin. Players may withdrawal up to $25,000 per transaction. The fee is two percent. The Bitcoin withdrawal arrives in two or three days.
Players may receive a check up to $2,995. The fee is $65. This is waived once per month. Checks arrive in four to seven days.
Merge Gaming B- (B)
Cashouts at Carbon Poker, Sportsbook.ag and PlayersOnly, members of Merge Gaming, were slightly slower this month over the previous one. Bitcoin withdrawals now take three to seven days. The maximum amount is $2,500. The fee is five percent, the highest in the industry.
Checks and bank wires arrive in three to four weeks. The maximum is also $2,500. The fee is three percent.
Players may receive one free withdrawal per year. This now includes Bitcoin.
Juicy Stakes C+ (B-)
Juicy Stakes is a member of the Horizon Network. Intertops is the flagship of that platform. Juicy Stakes only offers one withdrawal option to U.S. players. That is by check, which arrives in about one week. The maximum amount is $1,000. The fee is $50. Players that rake that much each month may receive a free withdrawal. We recommend players choose Intertops over Juicy Stakes because Intertops offers higher withdrawal amounts and free Bitcoin transactions.
SWC Poker C (C)
SWC Poker is a Bitcoin-only poker site that struggled with slow traffic. Bitcoin withdrawals are processed in any amount in up to 12 hours. There is no fee. There are no other payment options available. The addition of Bitcoin at most other major sites rendered SWC Poker a bit obsolete. Its traffic reflects that. This is why it receives a lower grade.