July 2017 US Offshore Online Poker Payment Processing Report
US offshore poker sites continue to process payments at fast speeds. This is a good time of the year for payments. That is because there is low demand on the system due to a slowdown in sports betting during summer months. Even the sites lower on our list are still doing an decent job, even if some of them have excessive withdrawal fees.
Last month’s grades are in parenthesis. The June report may be found here.
Ignition A+ (A+)
Ignition, the US-facing brand of the PaiWangLuo Network, once known as Bodog, is once again top on our list. It is the largest US poker site. Its withdrawal speeds are part of the reason.
Bitcoin withdrawals are processed in one day or less. This is important to players looking to avoid volatility in the market. Ignition does not have any fees on Bitcoin withdrawals. The maximum withdrawal through this method is $9,500.
Ignition also offers check withdrawals. These are delivered in 1-2 weeks. The fee is $50. Players receive one free check every four months. The maximum withdrawal is $2,500.
BetOnline A+ (A+)
BetOnline is the flagship of the Chico Poker Network. Its sister site is Sportsbetting.ag.
BetOnline and Sportsbetting.ag process Bitcoin withdrawals in one day or less. The maximum withdrawal amount is $10,000. There are no fees. Litecoin has the same limits and has no fees. These may take up to two days to process.
Player may request a check from this group. It is delivered in about one week. The fee is $50. The maximum check withdrawal is $2,500.
Bank wires are available in amounts up to $25,000. These are paid in about one week. The fee is also $50, in addition to what the intermediary and receiving banks charge.
Players may receive one free check or bank wire withdrawal each month. The request must be made on a Friday.
Intertops A+ (A+)
Intertops is the flagship of the Horizon Poker Network. Its sister site is Juicy Stakes.
Intertops Bitcoin withdrawals are processed in one or two days. There is no fee. The cap is $2,500. Players may only request one withdrawal per week.
Intertops processes checks in about one week. The fee is $50. The maximum check amount is $3,000. Bank wires also have a fee of $50. The maximum amount is $2,500. These are processed in one or two weeks.
Winning Poker A- (B+)
The Winning Poker Network cashier services Americas Cardroom, Black Chip Poker and True Poker. After some struggles earlier in the year, the network has improved its cashout speeds drastically.
Bitcoin is the fastest way to withdraw from Winning Poker. There are no longer any fees associated with these withdrawals. The maximum withdrawal amount is $10,000 though this method.
Checks arrive in about two weeks. The fee is $65. The maximum amount is $3,000. Players may receive one free check per month.
Winning Poker also offers a debit card. This works in ATMs. There is a $40 fee to receive the card. Every withdrawal carries a $4.95 fee. Each ATM or retail transaction has a $3 fee. There is a $5 fee every month to maintain the account. The transactions are processed in a few days.
SWC Poker B+ (B)
SWC Poker is a Bitcoin-only site. Its traffic is on a small upswing but continues to struggle. Players receive cashouts by Bitcoin in less than 12 hours. There is no fee for the transaction. Bitcoin in the only banking option at SWC Poker.
Juicy Stakes B- (C+)
Juicy Stakes is sister site to Intertops on the Horizon Poker Network. It offers US players two ways to get paid.
Players may request a check in amounts up to $500. The fee is $50. Checks are delivered in about one week.
Juicy Stakes rolled out bank wire withdrawals in the past month. The cap is $2,500. The fee is $60, not including any fees charged my intermediary and receiving banks. These transactions are processed in about two weeks.
Players that rake $40 in a month qualify for a free check withdrawal. Those that rake $60 in a month may receive a free bank wire withdrawal.
Merge Gaming C (C+)
The Merge Gaming cashier services players from Carbon Poker, PlayersOnly and Sportsbook.ag. These are the only three skins on the network.
Merge Gaming has a disdain for winners and does not go out of its way to make sure those players are paid in a timely manner. It has a repugnant 5% fee on Bitcoin withdrawals, something that is free at competing sites. The maximum withdrawal is $5,000 through this method. These are processed in about two days.
Players may also request a check. This has a 3% fee. The cap is $2,500. These take almost two months to arrive. Players may receive one free withdrawal per year, not per month, which is the norm at more legitimate poker sites.