Payment Options Accepted at Sweeps and Social Casinos

It’s a terrible feeling running out of gold coins but fortunately, most social casinos accept a wide variety of payment options such as Visa, Mastercard and bank transfers so you can get right back in the game.
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Although it’s not a requirement, many social casinos let players purchase additional Gold Coins if they run out of their free supply. If you do, you may also receive some free Sweeps Coins.

Purchasing Gold Coins is typically a very simple process. In fact, it’s more or less the same as making any type of online purchase, or in-app purchase in the case of mobile apps. It normally only takes a couple of clicks, and the transaction is completed instantly. 

On this page, we’re running through all the most common banking methods accepted at social casinos, along with how they work. 

Before we jump in, it’s worth reminding ourselves that these types of transactions are very different from making deposits and withdrawals at real money casinos. Instead, think of them as one off purchases. Consequently, social casinos tend to support a smaller number of payment methods, compared with traditional real money casinos. 

Thinking of buying GCs? Here are your options.

Payment Methods Accepted for Gold Coin Purchases

Credit Cards / Debit Cards (Visa, Mastercard, Discovery etc)

Across all social casinos, bank cards are the most popular method of payment for purchasing additional coins. And for good reason: paying for something online with your bank card is extremely simple, and will likely be familiar and accessible to the vast majority of people already. It’s as simple as typing in your card details and clicking the purchase button. 

Pros

  • Fast and simple
  • Convenient and familiar
  • Very widely accepted at social casinos

Cons

  • It’s a direct transaction between your personal bank account and your social casino, which some players prefer to avoid
  • You normally need an alternative method if you want to redeem sweepstakes prizes

Bank Transfer (Online Banking / Trustly / ACH Transfers)

Bank transfers are similar to credit card purchases, in that they represent a payment directly from your bank account to the social casinos. Again, they are fast and relatively simple and can be completed right on your social casino’s platform – although you may be redirected to sign into your personal online banking at one point. 

Pros

  • Fast and simple
  • Safe and secure
  • Cash prize redemptions can normally be sent back via the same method

Cons

  • Links your personal bank account with your social casino

E-wallets (PayPal, Skrill etc)

E-wallets are very popular at real money online casinos, and although they aren’t as widely available at social casinos just yet, they are certainly gaining traction in the space. The big advantage with e-wallets is that they create an extra layer of security between your bank and the social casino, and your casino transactions won’t appear on your bank statement.

Pros

  • Safe and secure
  • Removes direct transactions between social casino and personal banking
  • Cash prize redemptions can normally be sent back to your e-wallet

Cons

  • Less convenient, since you need to sign up for an e-wallet
  • Not widely available at social casinos yet
  • May incur transaction fees (from your e-wallet)

Paysafecard

Paysafecards are simply prepaid vouchers, which you can purchase in different denominations. You can use them in stores like a bank card, or online with the 16 digit PIN that comes with the card.

Pros

  • Don’t need a bank account to use them
  • Secure and discreet
  • Can be bought with cash

Cons

  • Actually purchasing a paysafecard is an extra inconvenience 
  • Not widely supported at social casinos

Apple Pay

It’s not very widely available, but some social casinos (like Wow Vegas for instance) let you make purchases using Apple Pay. It works just like any other Apple Pay purchase, and is a great option if you are already an Apple user.

Pros

  • Very convenient if you already use Apple Pay
  • Fast and simple

Cons

  • Not available at many social casinos
  • Only suitable for Apple users
  • Can’t be used for prize redemptions

Payment Methods Not Available

The following methods, while potentially available for deposits at real money casinos, are not not yet available for purchasing Gold Coins at social casinos:

  • Bitcoin / Cryptocurrency
  • Google Pay 
  • Cash
  • Paper Checks
  • PayNearMe
  • Wire Transfers

As social casinos continue to grow in North America, we expect additional methods for payments and prize redemptions to become available. For now though, there are plenty of good options out there already to choose from. 

Author: Ciaran Breslin
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