Traditionally in the UK gambling has been restricted to those who visited High Street bookmakers or Race courses. Of course with the rise of the internet and online gambling in the last 20 years, it has changed to the point that most gamblers bet online from the comfort of their own home.
Naturally to do this you might need a bank account with a debit card to deposit and withdraw money too.
But in these days of multiple payment methods and, sadly, increasing debt problems, is it possible to bet online without a bank account?
Firstly, when you open an account you don’t need to enter bank card details. But obviously you will need to be able to deposit money to play with.
I thought I’d look at some of the options –
Gambling with Credit Cards
If, for whatever reason, you can’t or don’t have a debit card account to use (the most common method), then you could use, for example a Credit Card.
The chances are that if you have a Credit Card you have a relevant bank account, but as I said, you may have your own reasons or circumstances that mean you aren’t using it.
Of course, the problem with Credit Card deposits is that you will be charged in the same way as you would if you took out a cash withdrawal. For many Credit Cards this will be £3 per deposit of up to £100. So immediately you are a bit in the red.
Also, many Casinos will not allow withdrawals to a Credit Card. Which means if you don’t have an alternative way to withdraw the cash, the whole thing is pointless. Check out the Casinos withdrawal conditions.
If you have no bank account (or a basic account with no debit card) and you can’t get a mainstream Credit Card, then you could get a pre-paid credit card.
These are basically cards that you “load” with money to use. So there is no credit available. You can add cash at local outlets and then use the card online.
Be aware that some of these cards have an annual spending limit and also some of them don’t allow them to be used on gambling sites. So read the T’s C’s carefully.
Online Accounts and eWallets
Many Online Casinos accept virtual accounts such as PayPal and Netteller. Depositing and Withdrawing to these accounts sometimes takes a little longer but not always.
Of course you would most likely need a bank account to fund these accounts and to be able to withdraw cash.
But some people feel more secure using these types of account rather than their debit card. there is no evidence of them being more secure, but It’s a personal preference for some.
Online Gambling with Cash
If you prefer to deal in cash you are limited to one option, really, if you want to bet online. And that is to use High Street bookmakers.
All of the main high street bookies have their own online gambling sites. Whether it be for Sports betting, Casino games or Bingo.
They usually offer a scheme where you get a card that you can use to deposit and withdraw money from their online sites at the stores themselves.
This is an increasingly popular way to bet online.
You deposit cash at the store on the high street, go home and bet online, and then you can pick up your winnings in cash at the store.
You will need ID to get your card so they will want to see a passport or driving licence, most likely.
Also there may be limits on the amount of cash you can withdraw based on how much the shop has in it whem you go to collect.
There are many advantages to this method of betting online…
Furstly, as the point of the article says – you don’t need a bank account
Secondly, you can withdraw cash in minutes rather than days.
Thirdly, many of the cards can be used to get offers and rewards while betting in the stores.
Apparently most online gamblers have about 4 accounts. I would definitely suggest having at least one account with a High Street bookies even if it isn’t your main site.
So, as you can see, there are options to bet online without using a traditional bank account.
So don’t miss out on online offers and prices – and of course just the fun of playing online.
And check out some of our other Casino Reviews and Articles to help you beat the casinos.