MasterCard USA Poker Sites

MasterCard is one of few deposit options available to US poker players. It's not as readily accepted as Visa, but on the upside it's just as fast and convenient. It gives players another alternative if they've already had a card declined, too.

The following list is our top recommendations for poker sites that accept both MasterCard and American poker players. Click on a link to get started. Alternatively you can read our guide on MasterCard for US players below.

United States / US Poker Rooms

Rank
US Poker Site
Signup Bonus
Poker Room Highlights
Review
1
Ignition Poker
100% to $500
  • Fastest paying site for US players
  • Excellent VIP poker rewards
  • 100% to $500 deposit bonus
2
Ignition Poker
100% to $1000
  • Best software available for US players
  • Excellent VIP poker rewards
  • 100% to $2000 deposit bonus
3
BetOnline Poker
100% cash to $600
  • In business since 1996
  • Reliable & secure poker site
  • 100% bonus up to $600

MasterCard Poker Guide for US Players

Using Mastercard for to play real money poker online is straightforward. However, if you have any questions the following mini-guide should help.

How to Make a Deposit with MasterCard

Making a deposit with MasterCard is simple. Simply visit your cashier, enter in your card details, cvv2 code, expiration date, how much you want to deposit and a bonus code, if applicable. Then hit submit. You should (usually) know within minutes if your card is approved. If so, the funds should be available instantly.

What are some of the problems with MasterCard poker deposits?

The most common issue you will run into with your MasterCard is that the poker site declines it. In that case, I'd recommend trying again (make sure the numbers are right). And if it happens again I'd call the poker site to see if they could run the card through manually.

However, if you've already tried all of this, another option is to use a service like MyPaylinQ (which is now GPN). This is an e-wallet service that lets you deposit into your account, and then make purchases online as if you were using your own bank account.

The upside to using a service like this is that you can often make both deposits and withdrawals with it. You're less likely to be declined too. The downside is that you will pay fees. But I think a few fees are a drop in the bucket compared to the headache of dealing with a card being declined.

Benefits to Using MasterCard

If you're comparing deposit methods and wondering, why MasterCard, here are a few benefits to consider:

  • MasterCard (credit/debit cards) have faster approvals.
  • On average you will have higher deposit limits.
  • Purchases are (usually) disguised on your bank statements.
  • You can use alternative methods like e-wallet and money transfers.
  • MasterCard is widely available to American players.
  • Besides being declined, the only downsides to using MasterCard is that you do run somewhat of a risk of your bank finding out and closing your account. You also can't make withdrawals from your poker account to your MasterCard debit or credit card.

    Is MasterCard Safe for American Poker Players?

    Relatively speaking, yes. Mastercard is safe for US players.

    As I mentioned above, though, you do run the risk of having your bank account closed, should your bank ever find out you're trying to make deposits to a gambling website. That is the law. According to the UIGEA banks are not supposed to complete these transactions.

    That said, bank account closures is the extreme scenario. I wouldn't give it that much thought.

    Are There Any Fees to Using MasterCard?

    No. At least in the majority of cases. The poker site often handles the fees on their end, and from my own experience I've never had my bank charge me anything. My deposits were treated like any other purchase.

    However, keep in mind that will depend on who you bank with and their policies. The poker site won't cover the fees your bank charges you.

    Also, if you use an e-wallet service you'll pay a fee at some point, whether it's uploading money to your account, making a payment or receiving a payment.