PaySafeCard Betting Sites

PaySafeCardPre-payment methods, and PaySafeCard in particular, have become very popular methods to pay for products and services online using real cash. Many PaySafeCard betting sites exist and most will allow you to fund your account free of charge with similar minimum limits to conventional bank cards.

Pre-payment cards can be loaded with cash or any other funding mechanism and can be used in lieu of cash. PaySafeCard PINs for example can be purchased online or at any store displaying the "PayPoint" symbol where you use your card to purchase a 16 digit PIN representing amounts as low as £10. This and other pre-payment methods can be used with any of the online bookmakers listed here. Most bookies will still allow you to claim your sign up bonus when you deposit by these methods.

Online Bookmakers That Accept PaySafeCard

Many different people want to have the option use cash when paying for goods and services online and just because you decide to bet online doesn't mean you can't use cash. PaySafeCard, other pre-payment cards and voucher services such as Ukash provide the means to fund your betting account with cash in a simple and easy way.

Both PaySafeCard and Ukash are owned by the PaySafe Group that offers a great integrated digital wallet service.  Ukash was discontinued at the end of 2015 having now been fully replaced by PaySafe. The service requires no gathering of personal information or bank details and works a little bit like the old top up cards for mobile phones. In this article we will show you how to use PaySafeCard and other prepayment services. A separate article detailing Ukash bookmakers can be found by clicking here.

PaySafeCard Gambling

PaySafeCard and other prepayment services are a very safe way to bet. All services are regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and have the same right and protections as real cash. Once you have funded your online betting account using your PIN the money is simply counted as cash and can be used as such or withdrawn to any other registered payment mechanism you have with the bookmaker.

How To Bet Using PaySafeCard

To buy a PIN simply visit the PaySafeCard site and register for a card or simply obtain an e-voucher in store. Purchase a PIN online or go to any shop or store displaying the 'PayPoint' logo, these include post offices, convenience stores and newsagents. Once you have your physical PaySafeCard you can use this to purchase a PIN in denominations of £10, £25, £50, £75 or £100. If you do not have a card simply purchase a printed e-voucher. Any customer can purchase several PINs if you would like more than £100, there is the option to buy up to 10 PINs from any outlet at any one time. Check online for a list of distribution outlets. We strongly recommend you do this as scammers have been known to operate in markets like this.

Once you have your PIN simply visit any of the bookmakers listed on this page and fund your account instantly by entering the 16 digit code. You are allowed to use up to 10 PINs in any one transaction. From this point on the money in your betting account is treated as any cash. Most bookies do not allow withdrawals to PaySafeCard (although some are registered to issue PINs and will let you withdraw this way). Money can be withdrawn using any other registered payment method you have with the bookie.

Following purchase your pin is valid for up to 12 months and is shown as a use by date on the voucher. Even if you do reach this expiry limit the PIN will not expire straight away you will instead by charged a £2 monthly fee for each month you go over this limit. You can have your voucher refunded at any time by sending an email to the company with your card serial number and your details. You may however be subject to a £6 redemption fee

Usually you will be required to fund the account to the amount of the voucher purchased. If this does not suit you there is the option to use an intermediate e-Wallet service such as the PaySafeCard owner Skrill. This way you can load cash to a digital wallet and then spend however you wish.

History of PaySafeCard

PaySafeCard is a system originally devised in 2000 by four Austrians who wanted to bring cash to the internet. They created the method based on existing calling cards and mobile top up systems where cards and vouchers can be purchased providing a PIN that can be redeemed for credit elsewhere. One year later in 2001 the mechanism was rolled out in Germany. In 2002 the service launched printable e-vouchers alongside the physical card and by 2004 cards and PINs became available online.

By 2006 the service expanded to Greece, Slovenia, Spain, Great Britain and Slovakia. By 2008 the PaySafeCard had passed 15 million transactions. The company continued to expand moving into many more countries and in 2014 became part of the international Skrill group. PaySafeCard and Ukash are now both owned by the PaySafe gorup and this has meant Ukash has since been scrapped as they are very similar systems. For an alternative try ecoPayz and the assocaited EcoCards.

Countries Where PaySafeCard Can Be Used For Gambling

PaySafeCard is available in over 37 countries and is available from nearly 500,000 retail outlets. Pre-payment systems are simply another way of using cash and so come under the same restrictions as other payment forms when it comes to using the system for online gambling. For example if you are betting from a restricted country such as the US you will be unable to use this to fund a UK betting site no matter what payment mechanism you use.

Pre-payment cards and vouchers do however offer a useful way to fund betting accounts from restricted bank accounts. If your bank is based in a country where online gambling is illegal or restricted they may prevent you loading funds into your UK bookmakers account even if you are in the UK. One option to get around this is to use your restricted account to purchase pre-payment vouchers such as PaySafeCard or Ukash and fund your betting account directly or indirectly using a digital wallet.

My PaySafeCard App

PaySafeCard set themselves apart with the option to use a bespoke mobile app. Available on Apple and Anroid system the app lets you keep track of your registered account and see exisiting and used PINs including expiry dates. A nice feature is the ability to find outlets nearby where you can purchase a PIN. Get help and information, see promotions and even use the app on a smart watch.

Security

With PaySafeCard and other pre-payment services there is no need to hand over personal bank details. These services are simply alternative cash methods and are afforded the same legal protection that convention cash is. In many senses these services are more secure than cash, if you lose your voucher or card then you can cancel or redeem the voucher online. If you do however lose the PIN or card and don't cancel the voucher anybody else could use this just as they would if they found real cash.

Its worthwhile registering for the physical card as this way your vouchers are loaded onto your card giving you added protection if you lose the card. If you purchase an e-voucher not linked to a card and then lose it there will be no way to trace your voucher, especially if you pay with cash for the voucher.

These systems have several other benefits too beyond the privacy that cash transactions bring. If for some reason either the vendor or the betting site you are using were to be hacked and card details stolen you would be protected from any fraud if you use PaySafeCard and other pre-payment formats.

PaySafeCard Fees

There are no fees when registering for your PaySafeCard or when buying a PIN in store or online. Fees are generally not charged by betting sites that accept PaySafeCard and if they do there will usually be a charge for other payment methods too. If for some reason you lose your voucher or would like a refund you may be liable for £6 a fee. If you fail to use your PIN within 12 months you will also be liable for a £2/month fee until you use the voucher or until the voucher amount is used up in fees.