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Deposit Methods in Sports Betting: Fees, Processing Times, Limits and More

Editor’s Note: This article on sports betting deposit methods and how they can help you in motorsports is posted in collaboration with an outside sponsorship client. The opinions and information contained within do not necessarily represent Frontstretch and its staff.

The entire sports betting process has to start with money going into the account, whether you’re placing wagers on NASCAR, Formula One, IndyCar or other forms of sport. You have to hand some cash over to the bookmaker so that there is some stake available to place bets with. There are different ways in which that can be done.

In most cases, bookmakers will have different payment options set up for your motorsports or other betting options. That’s to their benefit as they wouldn’t want to miss out on a customer due to deposit restrictions. Here, we take a look at the different factors to consider when selecting a deposit method for sports betting.

Debit Cards

Visa and Mastercard debit cards are one of the most user-friendly ways that bettors can use to load their accounts. The majority of people are probably going to have one already tucked into their pocket, wallet or purse because of an existing bank account.

As debit cards are linked to a bank, then it is easy to see a list of transactions in your online account to keep on top of things. Debit card deposits at bookmakers are widely available. In contrast, the use of credit cards is a little more blurred, as it is more restricted in places, such as the United Kingdom having banned credit card usage for betting since 2020.


E-wallets have their advantages when being used for sports betting, including not sharing your payment details with a betting site. Among the popular e-wallets for sports betting are PayPal, Skrill, Neteller, ApplePay and ecoPayz, all of which are fast and secure platforms.

E-wallets, generally driven by native apps, are extremely convenient and easy to use. To set them up, you can load funds to the e-wallet account from a linked bank card or bank account and then, in turn, link the e-wallet to the betting site. That means your bank card details, for example, are never sent forward when you process a payment from an e-wallet.


Cryptocurrencies are digital currencies that operate independently of any central authority or intermediary. Think Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, and Dogecoin. While it’s a very secure payment system, arguably the most secure of the lot, it generally hasn’t made its way into mainstream sports betting. There are places where they are still banned or their use is still unregulated.

Minimums and Maximums

Deposits will have minimums and maximums set by the particular betting site. However, the thresholds at minimum deposit betting sites such as those listed at https://legalbet.uk/betting-sites/sets/5-pound-deposit/ are low, allowing easy entry for punters to get their accounts funded and up and running. Similarly, maximum limits are high and shouldn’t be a factor for the everyday punter.

In most cases, a deposit will be credited immediately to an account when using methods like bank cards and e-wallets. Things are likely to be a bit slower when depositing via a bank transfer.

Welcome Bonuses

Something else about choosing a particular way of funding to take into account is welcome bonus offers. Betting sites provide these as an incentive to new customers, something like free sports bets or free spins at a casino. Most welcome bonuses come with payment restrictions, however, in their terms and conditions, meaning you can’t use certain payment methods to qualify for the promo.


Something else to keep in mind when depositing funds is that they will generally need to go back to the same source. So if you used a specific bank card for a deposit, played some bets and picked up winnings, when you go to withdraw those winnings, they will need to go back to that same card. If you can’t, for some reason, withdraw to the same source, the process will hit delays while an alternative option is sought.


It’s very unusual for a betting site to charge fees when you are depositing to your account and the same goes for withdrawals, too. Check to see if whatever payment method you are using will charge fees.


As you can see, there are plenty of choices when it comes to depositing money in a sports betting account. Payments may be encrypted and safe but how that payment is made comes down to personal preference and what you have available.

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