PayPal is the preferrred payment method for many online shoppers and auction hunters, and even offers an easy-to-use peer-to-peer money transfer service. But what about PayPal and online gambling?
There is a lot of miss-information kicking around the web about using PayPal at online gambling sites - usually stating that either PayPal cannot be used for online gambling purposes, or that anyone can use it.
The reality is somewhere in the middle - PayPal can be used for online gambling, but only when certain criteria are met. The first is that you reside in a country where online gambling is regulated (you can see a list of countries that can use PayPal for gambling purposes at the bottom of the page) - this means that USA players can't use PayPal for gambling transactions, but UK players can.
The second is that the merchant (eg: the online casino or poker site) is located and regulated in a jurisdiction where online gambling is legal - for example, the United Kingdom.
These criteria are defined in clause 6 of PayPals acceptable use policy found here, specifically this section: "...unless the operator has obtained prior approval from PayPal and the operator and customers are located exclusively in jurisdictions where such activities are permitted by law".
If you are lucky enough to live in a country that regulates online gambling, you can find lists of gambling sites that accept PayPal using the following links:
- Betting sites that accept PayPal
- Online casinos that accept PayPal
- Online poker sites that accept PayPal
- Online bingo sites that accept PayPal
At time of writing, only the following countries can use PayPal for online gambling purposes - additional countries may be added as and when that countries formally regulates online gambling:
- United Kingdom
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