The first time that you make a withdrawal after winning at an online casino, you will be asked to verifiy your identity by providing the online casino with a copy of your identification (a driver license or passport) and a copy of a bill or statement that confirms your residence (a recent utility bill or bank statement). There are no two ways around this -- you have to do it if you want to play and win money at online casinos. So, make sure that you:
- Provide true and accurate information when you register at an online casino, and
- Are prepared to verify your identity and place of residence with supporting documentation
The most popular way in which online casinos will pay you when you win is via a check. Some online casinos will send you one free check per week or month, with subsequent checks incurring a nominal fee of between $10 and $25. Other sites do not offer free checks, and charge a nominal fee for all checks. Before you make a deposit an an online casino, be sure to ask support about their check fees.
Checks generally take 3-5 business days to process by the online casino, plus time to actually reach you in the mail. Count on an average of 2 weeks from the time that you request the check until it is in your hands.
Another way to withdraw your slots winnings is by using an electronic wallet, or e-wallet. An e-wallet is a safe and secure account that acts as an intermediate account between you and the online casino. Your winnings are withdrawn from the online casino to the e-wallet, which can then be withdrawn at any ATM, or to your checking account. In the past, there were several e-wallets that were available to players located in the United States. However, this is no longer the case. The only e-wallet that I am aware of that can be used by players in the United States is PaySpark, also known as CSC24Seven. You can contact them to open an account using the information on the PaySpark Contact Us page. I have been using their card for several months now, and it is very convenient; however, there is a 2% withdrawal fee when I take money out of of my PaySpark account when using an ATM.
There are many other e-wallets besides those mentioned above, including NETELLER, FirePay, CLICK2PAY, and Moneybookers. At this time, however, only PaySpark is available to players in the United States.
Other Withdrawal Methods
Other withdrawal methods that may be available to you are Bank Wires and Western Union. While these are less convenient than checks and e-wallets, and usually carry more fees, they are sometimes the only withdrawal methods that are available to United States online slot machine players.
Some sites require that you make a minimum deposit before they will allow you to make a withdrawal of your winnings. The amount of the deposit depends on the site, but is usually in the $20 - $40 range. In addition, there is usually no playthrough requirement on this deposit, but you will want to check with the site to be sure what the requirements are in order to withdraw your winnings.