Top Online Poker Payouts
Often lost in the increasingly difficult
task of finding easy deposit methods, especially those supporting US
players, is the reliability and speed of poker payouts. While
most businesses, including those outside of the poker industry, make
it as easy as possible to accept payments, customers usually
experience numerous hurdles and lengthy turnaround times in order to
receive funds owed to them. In my opinion, a site's reputation and
deposit system is only as strong as their poker payout system.
While professional software, quick game
speed, simple deposit methods, and a strong tournament schedule are
all vital to a poker room's success, nothing boosts player
confidence, trust, and loyalty more than fast and reliable poker
payouts. Prior to the UIGEA debacle in 2006, sub-24-hour poker
payouts were the rule rather than the exception with old standby
Neteller handling a vast majority of transactions both to and from
the poker rooms. Players could literally request a withdrawal and
either transfer funds to their choice of poker room or have it sent
to their bank account within a day or two.
Unfortunately, these days poker payouts
now depend on a number of moving parts in order to function in a
timely manner. Payouts can now range from as little as 3 days to a
month or more. As a player I certainly understand that poker rooms
servicing US players are constantly fighting to keep processing
times as low as possible. Behind the scenes, management of most
poker rooms spend hours every day either negotiating for more
payment options or working to keep existing poker payout banks on
Despite the technical difficulties that
make it easy for some poker rooms to delay poker payouts to players,
the fact is that a select few sites always seem to just get them
done. Regardless of who the check is from some sites afford players
the luxury of not thinking about the logistics and simply knowing
that their winnings will always be in their hands within a few days.
The focus of this page will be on those
sites that excel in the most important aspects of poker payouts:
range of withdrawal methods, speed of delivery, and consistent
PokerStars is the model poker room on fronts such as
game quality and tournaments for years, their poker
payout system is also unmatched in the industry. The
payout methods are simple at
PokerStars with my main recommendations being either
paper check or wire transfer.
With check delivery times
varying wildly between poker rooms since 2006,
PokerStars has been a refreshing constant. As should
be expected, there are no fees for paper checks, the
bank used doesn't create hassle for US deposits, and the
total delivery time is usually less than 3 days.
PokerStars always seems to come through in terms of
check poker payouts despite the lack of fees.
More recently, I've been
preferring the wire transfer poker payout method from
PokerStars. After entering your bank information,
your payout is electronically sent to your bank with
total turnaround time always less than 3-5 days. Bank
fees tend to be around $30-40 for
PokerStars wires so I would recommend this method
for payouts greater than $1,000.
It really is remarkable that
PokerStars never takes more than a week to get your
winnings to you and they easily earn our top poker
payout ranking. View our full
review for more information. US players should also
note that direct checking account deposits are accepted
PokerStars and that all our new players receive
a 100% bonus, good up to $600.
Not available to
eCheck deposits accepted.
Average Payout Time: 3-5 Days
Sportsbook Poker usually flies under the radar but
truly excels in a number of important aspects. Besides
the obvious advantages of the near-100% credit card
acceptance, the poker payout system is excellent.
Recommended payout methods at
Sportsbook Poker include paper checks, gift cards,
UseMyWallet, and wire transfers.
payout check service is one of the
quickest in terms of processing with most checks being
delivered within a week.
This poker room uses courier delivery, which cuts
down mailing delays, and doesn't charge a fee for the
first withdrawal per month. Interestingly,
Sportsbook Poker payouts may also be issued on gift
cards that can be used for purchases or at ATMs.
My preferred poker payout
Sportsbook Poker is actually UseMyWallet, a
third-party service that works directly with your bank
account. This poker room sends payouts for this method
within 1-2 days and UseMyWallet only takes another 2-3
days to wire funds to your personal bank account. There
are no poker payout fees taken from the poker room for UseMyWallet. Ask the poker room
to invite you to this private service if you
don't already have an account.
Sportsbook Poker also offers direct wire transfer
poker payouts with a $40 fee for under $2,000 and a 2%
fee for greater amounts. New
players coming from our site receive a 110%
bonus, including 10% as instant cash. For more
details read our
Sportsbook Poker review.
Available to US players.
Canadians now accepted.
Near-100% acceptance rate
Average Payout Time: 5-7 Days
As recently as a year ago,
Bodog was a prime example of what to avoid in terms
of poker payouts. Despite a poker room that has always
featured some of the loosest tables and best customer
Bodog players experienced laughable payout times
upwards of 45 days.
Fortunately, Bodog has regained their reputation as one of the
best poker rooms in terms of poker payouts. I really
Bodog uses a courier service for all paper checks,
which drastically cuts down turnaround time and allows
for delivery tracking.
With courier delivery for
all poker payouts,
Bodog funds arrive in less than 3-4 days. While I've
used paper check payouts exclusively at
Bodog for several years they do offer electronic
payouts if you use a supported method such as
Bodog allows one free courier check poker payout per
month with subsequent payouts incurring a fee.
Besides the attraction of
fast poker payouts,
Bodog currently offers our players a 100% bonus, an
extra 10% as instant cash, and monthly 100% reload
offers. Players can view more in our
Bodog Poker review.
Available to US Players.
Average Payout Time: 3-5 Days
Not to be overlooked,
Doyle's Room also offers a very satisfactory poker
payout system. Besides supporting the largest US
e-wallets in PIC-Club, eWalletXpress, and UseMyWallet,
Doyle's Room offers an above-average courier check
service and a new eCheck payout service.
My first choice at
Doyle's Room for poker payouts is the UseMyWallet
service, which I've been using for over a year now. Once
requested, UseMyWallet payouts are sent by
Doyle's Room in about 2-3 days without any fees.
Funds at UseMyWallet can then be wired directly to your
bank account. This payout process is quick and negates
the need to cash a check.
Doyle's Room support should be contacted to
initially invite you to the UseMyWallet service.
Doyle's Room also offers courier checks for poker
payouts. While these are delivered within 4-5 days of
requesting them, the $50 fee is simply too high. An
interesting addition by
Doyle's Room is the eCheck payout method, which is
sent as a direct deposit to your bank account. The fee
seems unnecessary at a flat 3% rate but isn't excessive.
Doyle's Room has quietly been providing dependable
poker payouts for several years and the new eCheck
service helps them reach the upper tier of poker rooms
in this category. Read more details in our full
No longer in
Full Tilt Poker, now the second largest poker room
in terms of volume, has always earned my trust by their
poker payout performance. Besides the direct checking
Full Tilt Poker offers paper check payouts, eCheck
payouts, and wire transfers.
Full Tilt Poker seems to be immune from the payment
processor troubles that plague smaller rooms. Their
paper check poker payouts don't arrive via courier but
I've almost always received mine within 5-7 days through
the Postal Service.
Full Tilt Poker also uses banks that tend to be
processed easily in the US.
In terms of electronic
Full Tilt Poker offers both standard eChecks and
wire transfers. eChecks can be used for amounts less
than $950 and are processed as direct deposits.
Full Tilt Poker also offers wire transfers for
amounts greater than $950. Funds generally arrive within
7-10 days and do not incur additional payout fees.
Besides the fast poker
payouts, benefits of
Full Tilt Poker include an excellent tournament
schedule and one of the best software packages online. Our
Tilt Poker review has more details.
Full Tilt Poker.
No longer recommended.
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