Being one of the two dominant financial processing organisations in the world, MasterCard is a common payment method supported by online casinos and offers a fast and secure payment method option for players within South Africa. With only Visa being its main rival on the international stage, MasterCard provides banks with a transaction processing service that powers any credit or debit card that they issue with the MasterCard label. There really is no downsides to using a MasterCard rather than a Visa for topping up your casino balance and acquiring a payment card is definitely worthwhile, if you don’t already own one. So, let’s dig into the hows and whys of using a MasterCard debit or credit at online casinos.
If you’ve made a payment at an online casino using a payment card then chances are you will be instantly familiar with making such a payment at any other casino site. Online casinos go to great lengths to make the process as simple as possible and have inbuilt verifications to ensure that the information you are putting in is correctly formatted. To make a payment at an online casino you’ll need a few details from your card; namely, the 16 digit card number, the card’s expiration date and the CVV code. The card number and expiration date are generally found on the front of the card, while the CVV code is a 3 digit pin, typically found on the back of the card and may be the last 3 digits of a longer number that is found on the white strip.
After having registered at an online casino you will need to head to their deposit page. From there you can either select ‘payment card’ or ‘MasterCard’, depending on how the casino has chosen to present the options available. Selecting one of these will open up a form where you can enter the aforementioned card details, along with the card holder’s name (IE, yours), along with your chosen deposit amount. The funds will be instantly transferred once you have entered the correct details and confirmed your transaction. All that’s left to do from there is start playing with you newly updated casino player balance.
We are going to cover some important tips to maximising your security when making card payments online, however also keep in mind that when making a deposit to an online casino that MasterCard, your bank and the casino itself all perform security checks in an effort to combat fraud and misuse of your card. So, while making card payments are definitely a lot more secure than other payment methods, you can still do your part to covering yourself with these steps:
These guidelines go a long way to keeping your online spending activity that much safer. It is strongly recommended that you contact either the online casino or bank, if you ever feel in doubt of any of the above mentioned points. Never go through with an online transaction unless you feel absolutely at ease with committing to the payment.
While a MasterCard has a lot of advantages in both day to day life and when it comes to enjoying online casinos, it is still really important to be able to establish limits on one’s activity. The ease of use that comes with ownership of any payment card does come with a certain level of responsibility when it comes to spending within one’s means. This goes double for credit cards as well. This is a well known issue within the online casino industry and it is therefore a requirement for them to give players the option of setting personal deposit and spending limits.
As the online casino industry currently exists in a grey zone within South Africa, some local banks may choose to decline any payments that they can see going towards such activities. For those facing such issues, it may be worth looking into opening up an E-wallet account. Neteller and Skrill are both reputable international E-wallets, which are very widely supported at online casinos and that are also available in South Africa. You can make a payment to top up a balance on your E-wallet, using your MasterCard and then make a payment to the casino from the E-wallet.
Additionally, E-wallets may also work as a good companion to your payment card, as withdrawals can also be actioned to the E-wallet, whereas most casinos do not support withdrawals made to payment cards. You still have your bank account as an alternative withdrawal method though.