October 2017 US Offshore Online Poker Payment Processing Report
Football season has not hurt withdrawal speeds at US-facing poker sites. All remained in the same range as last month. This is a great sign as this is the busiest time of the year for US sportsbooks. This can overwhelm payment processing. Most US online poker sites are related to sports betting sites.
Last month’s grades are in parenthesis. The September 2017 US online poker payment processing report may be found here.
BetOnline A+ (A+)
BetOnline anchors the Chico Poker Network. Its sister site is Sportsbetting.ag. Both accept US online poker players. These are the only two Chico Poker skins that do.
BetOnline and Sportsbetting.ag pay Bitcoin withdrawals in less than one day. The maximum Bitcoin withdrawal amount is $10,000. Litecoin is available in the same limit and period. There are no fees for Bitcoin or Litecoin withdrawals at BetOnline and Sportsbetting.ag.
BetOnline delivers checks in 7-10 days. The fee is $50. The maximum amount is $8,000. BetOnline may substitute a money order for a check. Players may request this for an additional $30 fee.
Bank wires are available in amounts up to $24,900. The fee is $50 in addition to costs charged by the intermediary and receiving banks. These arrive in one to two weeks.
BetOnline and Sportsbetting.ag offer cash transfers. That is rare these days. The maximum cash transfer amount is $400. Players should expect a fee of about $100. These are processed in one or two days.
BetOnline will waive up to $50 in fees one time each month. Withdrawals with a fee of more than $50 receive a $50 discount. This request must be made on a Friday.
BetOnline added Ethereum to the cashier. There are no reports of cashout speeds at this time. It is likely that the times will mirror other cryptocurrencies processed by BetOnline.
Bovada/Ignition A+ (A+)
Bovada and Ignition are the two US-friendly skins of the PaiWangLuo Network. This network was once known as Bodog. PokerScout ranks PaiWangLuo as the largest poker network that accepts US players.
Bovada and Ignition offer two withdrawal options. These are Bitcoin and check. Bitcoin withdrawals are available in amounts up to $9,500. There is no fee. These arrive in less than 24 hours.
Bovada and Ignition process checks in amounts up to $2,500. These are delivered in 1-2 weeks. The fee is $50. This is waived one time every four months.
Intertops A+ (A+)
Intertops is the flagship of the Horizon Poker Network. Juicy Stakes is its sister site. Horizon Poker is a small network with loose games. We recommend Intertops over Juicy Stakes due to Bitcoin withdrawals being available.
Intertops processes Bitcoin withdrawals in amounts up to $2,500. That is the cap per week. These withdrawals are processed in about one day.
Players may request a check in amounts up to $3,000. These are delivered in about seven days. The fee is $50. Bank wires are available in amounts up to $2,500. The fee is also $50. Intermediary and receiving banks may also charge a fee. Bank wires are processed in two to three weeks.
Winning Poker A (A-)
The Winning Poker Network cashier processes payments for Americas Cardroom, Black Chip Poker and True Poker. It is the second-largest poker network that accepts US players, according to PokerScout.
Bitcoin withdrawals are processed in about one day. The cap is $10,000. Americas Cardroom does not charge a fee on Bitcoin withdrawals.
Checks are processed in amounts up to $2,995. These arrive in one to two weeks. The fee is $65. Winning Poker will waive this fee once per month.
SWC Poker B (B)
SWC Poker is a Bitcoin-only poker site. All games are played in Bitcoin. Accounts are completely anonymous. The site has fallen out of favor with Bitcoin players as most competitors have added Bitcoin to the cashier. Its traffic reflects this.
SWC Poker processes Bitcoin withdrawals in less than 12 hours. There is no fee or limit.
Juicy Stakes B (B)
Juicy Stakes is a member of the Horizon Poker Network. Its sister site is Intertops. We prefer Intertops over Juicy Stakes due to higher limits and free Bitcoin withdrawals.
Players at Juicy Stakes may request a check in amounts up to $1,000. The fee is $50. These arrive in about one week. Bank wires are available in amounts up to $2,560. The fee is $60. This does not include any fees charged by the banks handling the transaction.
Juicy Stakes will waive the withdrawal fee once per month to qualifying players. Players raking $40 get a free check. A player that rakes $60 in a month may get a free bank wire.
Merge Gaming C- (C-)
The Merge Gaming cashier services players from Carbon Poker, PlayersOnly and Sportsbook.com. We do not recommend Merge Gaming due to its slow payouts, high fees and its practice of banning winning players.
Merge Gaming processes Bitcoin withdrawals in three to five days. They charge 5% per transaction. This is only waived once per year. The maximum Merge Gaming Bitcoin withdrawal is $5,000.
Players may request a check in amounts up to $2,500. The fee is 3%. These arrive in two or five weeks. This fee is waived once per year.