January 2016 U.S. Offshore Online Poker Payment Processing Report
It was another great month for U.S. online poker payouts. Merge Gaming continues to show improvement. The poker sites that have historically paid on time continue to do so.
Last month’s grades are in parenthesis. The December 2015 report may be found here.
Winning Poker A+ (A+)
The Winning Poker Network cashier processes payments for Americas Cardroom, Black Chip Poker and True Poker. This group kept processing speeds about as fast as possible in the current U.S. online poker payment environment.
Bitcoin is the cheapest option for players. It disappeared from the cashier briefly in the past month but has since returned. Withdrawals are processed in amounts up to $25,000 through this method. Bitcoin cashouts arrive in about one day. Players receive one free Bitcoin withdrawal per month.
Checks are another option that is available once for free each month. The maximum amount is $2,995 and arrives in about two weeks. There is a $65 fee for additional checks each month. These are sent by express courier and arrive in about one week.
Debit cards have become a favorite among players on Winning Poker. It costs $40 to have one issued. Once it is in hand, there is a $4.95 monthly fee. It also costs $4.95 to load the card with each withdrawal. Each ATM withdrawal costs $3. One withdrawal per week may be initiated. The maximum is $2,500. These are processed in one or two days.
Western Union is another option available to Winning Poker players. These arrive in a few days. Western Union is not as popular at Winning Poker as other U.S.-facing sites because of all of the other quality cashout options with lower fees. The fees and amounts for Western Union withdrawals at Winning Poker are:
- $100-$299: $60 fee
- $300-$499: $70 fee
- $500-$749: $85 fee
- $750-$999: $95 fee
- $1,000-$1,500: $110 fee
Intertops/Juicy Stakes A (A)
Intertops and Juicy Stakes are the most consistent U.S.-facing poker sites when it comes to paying players. The pair makes up a standalone network that uses Revolution Gaming software but offers many games not available on the network.
The speeds have been the same for years. The two sites started permitting players free withdrawals with adequate action last year. This helped it move up in our rankings.
Cash transfers are available in amounts up to $2,000. These are processed in a day or two. The amounts available and fees are:
- $100-$500: $70 fee
- $501-$1,000: $85 fee
- $1,001-$2,000: $180 fee
Checks are paid in amounts up to $3,000. These are delivered in about one week. No other U.S. site delivers checks that fast. Bank wires are available in amounts up to $2,500. They are processed in about two weeks. The fee for each is $50.
Intertops and Juicy Stakes offer players one free withdrawal each month to active players. A free check is available to players that rake $40 during a month. Cash transfers are available to players that rake at least $50 in a month.
Intertops and Juicy Stakes accept Bitcoin for deposits. It is not yet available as a withdrawal option. This should change later in 2016.
BetOnline A (A)
BetOnline is the flagship of the Chico Poker Network. It continues to pay U.S. players in a timely manner. Bitcoin is the fastest way to get paid by BetOnline. It is available in amounts up to $5,000. They are processed in less than one day. Players may request a Bitcoin withdrawal once every 48 hours.
Checks are cut in amounts up to $2,500. The fee is $25. These arrive in 7-10 days. MoneyGram is available in amounts up to $400 for a fee of $50. Western Union is paid up to $890. The fee is $75. Cash transfers arrive in about one day.
BetOnline allows players to receive one free withdrawal each month. A fee of up to $50 is applied to the cost of the cashout. The free withdrawal request must be made on a Friday to qualify.
Bovada A- (A-)
Bovada is the U.S.-facing skin for the Bodog Network. Bovada sat at the top of our rankings for more than two years. It slipped slightly but is still an excellent option for American online poker players.
Bovada offers players several withdrawal options. Unlike most fast-paying U.S. sites, Bitcoin is not one of them.
The fastest way to receive cash from Bovada is by cash transfer. These arrive in one or two days. MoneyGram is available up to $400 for a fee of $50. Western Union fees and amounts are:
- $100-$249: Fee $50
- $250-$499: Fee $75
- $500-$999: Fee $100
- $1,000-$1,499: Fee $150
- $1,500-$2,000: Fee $200
Check speeds were not consistent in the past month. These arrived anywhere from 10 to 30 days. The maximum check is $3,000. The fee is $50.
Bank wires are paid in amounts up to $9,500. The fee is $50 in addition to the intermediary and receiving banks. These arrive in four to seven days.
Visa Fast Funds pays directly to a bank issued debit card. The cash goes directly into the associated bank account like an electronic check. The fee is $50 and the maximum withdrawal is $2,500. These are paid in one or two weeks.
There is also a debit card issued by Bovada to some players. These cashouts are paid in 7-10 days. The fee is also $50.
Players may receive one free cashout per month. The qualifying withdrawal options are check, bank wire, debit card and Visa Fast Funds.
Merge Gaming B (C+)
Merge Gaming’s cashier services players from Carbon Poker, PlayersOnly and Sportsbook.ag. Cashout speeds have improved drastically in the past few months. The option available to all U.S. players is check. These are delivered in two to four weeks. The fee is 3% but players receive one free per year.
Bitcoin, bank wires and cash transfers are available to a small percentage of players. These all arrive in less than one week.
SWC Poker B- (B-)
SWC Poker is the successor of SealsWithClubs. It is a niche poker site that only processes payments in Bitcoin. Cashouts arrive in about 12 hours.
Full Flush Poker D (D)
Full Flush Poker is the flagship of the Equity Poker Network. It continues to struggle paying players. The only withdrawal option that seems to be used to pay players is cash transfer. This is only available by MoneyGram in amounts up to $400. The fee is $38. These are processed in one to two months. Players that requested a withdrawal by bank wire, check or Skrill are waiting six or more months to get paid. We advise avoiding Full Flush Poker at this time.