e-Wallets are becoming more and more popular with online casino players when making deposits, so how do we pick the best one when there’s so many to choose from?
Well we have narrowed it down to two choices as they are secure and widely accepted at reputable online casinos, known as Neteller and Skrill.
Interestingly, the two could become one singular service thanks to the acquisition of Skrill by Neteller. Regardless, we are going to take a look at Skrill, what it has to offer, and why it is a great choice for online deposits at our favourite pokies sites.
What is Skrill?
As you already know Skrill is an e-Wallet, which is an online storage account for funds. Players are required to register their details and can then store their funds securely online.
Overall, Web wallets make the process easier when making purchases, including depositing online, as you don’t have to enter card details or other information – simply your email and password.
History of Skrill
Skrill was created in 2001, then known as Moneybookers, and nearly two million users registered within a year and a half of operating. Seven years later, Moneybookers operated in approximately 200 countries and saw six million registered accounts.
Then in 2011 a rebranding was announced, and the service was renamed Skrill. Once this was completed in 2013, CVC Capital Partners purchased the company.
Interestingly, at the start of 2015 Optimal Payments, the parent company of Neteller, offered CVC Capital Partners to acquire Skrill for over $1 billion and this deal is said to completed at the end of 2015.
The Skrill Group also offers a prepaid service, independent to their prepaid MasterCard that users can opt in for with their web wallet, known as paysafecard. In April 2015, the Skrill Group acquired Ukash, another prepaid method and merged the two together under the Paysafecard brand.
Similarly to Neteller, Skrill has excluded countries that cannot use the service, which has seen the US make the list regularly, but as of 2015 US players aren’t excluded from using the service.
How to get a Skrill account
Registering for a Skrill account is quite simple. All you have to do is enter an active email address, create a password, enter your name and birthday, choose your country and currency (pick carefully as you won’t be able to change this once you’ve set up your account), and finally enter your address and your number.
Once you have confirmed your account by verifying your email you can fund it.
There are fewer options available to fund your account than there is for Neteller, with the available options for Aussies including:
- Credit card
- Debit Card
- Manual bank transfer
Now you can make a Skrill deposit to a reputable online casino using your email address and password, provided there are funds in your web wallet.
Skrills offers an array of services as an e-Wallet provider.
The main service is the e-Wallet, which we explained above sees players linking a personal payment method, predominately their bank account, in order to add funds and use it to pay/deposit at online casinos.
Customers of Skrill digital wallets are eligible to purchase a prepaid MasterCard that allows you to both make payments online, as you would with a normal prepaid MasterCard, and make withdrawals at eligible MasterCard ATMs.
To apply simply head to their website, and provided you have a Skrill account you don’t need to offer any documents, a great feature to those who can’t get credit cards but want to withdraw their winnings in physical cash (to do so withdraw to your Skrill account from the online casino and then load the funds onto the prepaid card).
Once you have applied, your card will be sent to you and you can use it straight away.
Skrill 1-Tap is another feature offered by Skrill that speeds up the deposit process. It allows players to deposit with just a tap on their mobile device or click on their desktop device.
To opt in, players pick Skrill 1-Tap from the list of deposit options at a participating online casino and then simply fill out their normal Skrill details including email and password, along with the amount they wish to deposit. Then they opt in for Skrill 1-Tap for future deposits.
This means next time you go to make a deposit all you have to do is make a click or a tap, instead of filling out all your details again.
Skrill for smartphones and tablets
Skrill offers an app for most modern smartphones and tablets, so you can simply log in via your Apple, Android, or Windows device and check your account balance of your web wallet, top up, and view your transaction history.
If you are a regular mobile pokies player this makes life a lot easier, as you don’t have to access the desktop site via your mobile browser, which can be quite inconvenient and tricky.
This is something Neteller doesn’t offer, though with the acquisition of Skrill it may in the future.
Skrill offers another layer of protection for players when making a deposit as you aren’t entering your financial details directly into the casino, just your email and password.
However, you should still play at a secure online casino regardless to ensure no one can hack into your Skrill account.
Reputable online casinos offering Skrill and array of incredible slots include:
- 7 Sultans
- Royal Vegas
- G’day Casino
- Guts Casino