Online Casinos That Accept MasterCard Deposits


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Many American players will have a hard time finding an online casino that will accept their MasterCard. To avoid legal troubles with the U.S. government, many online casinos don’t accept American players at all. Fortunately, there are still many reputable online casinos that do welcome American players, and a handful of those same sites will also still accept their MasterCards.

The United States may have one of the largest populations of casual gamblers in the world, but the country does little to encourage gambling in its online form. The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, passed in 2006, made it all but impossible to operate an online casino out of the United States. And while the UIGEA didn’t directly forbid American citizens from enjoying games of chance online, it nevertheless made it hard for them to play those games for money.

The first thing American players want to know when they consider using their MasterCard to make a deposit at an online casino is, “Is it legal?” The answer is a resounding, “Yes!” The UIGEA makes it illegal for U.S. banks to transfer funds to or from an online gambling establishment, but no restrictions are placed on the players themselves, or for that matter on your credit card. Since MasterCard still allows its customers to use their cards for this purpose, all you have to do to start playing cash games via a credit card deposit is find a site that accepts them.

So how can you use your MasterCard to make a deposit? It’s actually quite simple. As with any casino, you’ll first have to download their software or open the flash version of their casino to access the cashier service. Once you’re inside an online casino like Bodog or Players Only (both of which do, coincidentally, accept U.S. MasterCards), you simply choose “credit card” as your depositing option and enter all the necessary information.

If it’s your first time depositing via credit card, then you may be asked either to finish the deposit by phone and/or to fax or email proof of your identity. Once your MasterCard deposit has been approved, the funds will instantly appear in your player account. The next time you want to use the same card to make a deposit, you should be able to complete the transaction automatically via the cashier.

While using a credit card will rarely earn you the “preferred method” deposit bonuses offered up for using a site’s featured eWallet service, you should still be eligible for those oh-so desirable sign-up bonuses, so be sure to enter any necessary promotional codes while filling out the deposit form.

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