Online Blackjack Visa

Online casinos don’t work exactly the same as brick and mortar casinos. In a land-based casino, you buy your chips at the table, from the dealer, and some casinos will actually allow you to bet cash instead of chips. (This is called “money plays.”)

But in an online casino, you’re required to deposit money into an account before making any wagers. These virtual chips are what you use to play with, and you have to find a means of getting that cash into the hands of the Internet blackjack casino before you can play.

Multiple methods are available for these kinds of deposits, but this page is about Visa online blackjack casinos. These are casinos that offer blackjack games and accept deposits via the popular credit card brand known as Visa. Keep in mind that it takes two to tango, though. Most casinos are happy to accept Visa as a payment method, but not all Visa accounts will process a transaction coded as an online gambling transaction.

About Visa

Visa is the largest credit card brand in the world. In 2009, Visa processed 62 billion transactions with a total dollar value of $4.4 trillion. They keep a small percentage of each transaction as a fee, so you can imagine how profitable a business like theirs is.

The company was founded in 1970 in Fresno, California, but it’s now headquartered in the Financial District of San Francisco, California.

Using Visa to Deposit to a Blackjack Casino

The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006, better know by its acronym, UIGEA, made it illegal to transfer funds offshore for the purposes of “illegal gambling.” This was a United States law, so it doesn’t apply to citizens of more enlightened countries. And even though it didn’t make gambling illegal, legitimate financial institutions began denying transactions coded as gambling in order to protect themselves from potential legal action.

To make a long story short, if you’re from the United States, and you try to use an American Visa card to fund an online casino account, your transaction will probably be declined by Visa, regardless of the legality of Internet gambling in your state. (Internet gambling is only expressly illegal in a few states, but Visa can’t be bothered to make the distinction, so they just deny any charges that are so coded.)

On the other hand, if you live in most other countries, Visa is happy to fund your online blackjack account. It’s also one of the most convenient and least expensive methods of doing so.

In the United States, there are other alternative deposit methods for Internet blackjack casinos. You can find a list of the options that are available to you on the deposits and withdrawal page of the casino at which you’re trying to sign up. Often these involve using a special online wallet service that specializes in casino transactions, but it might also involve other methods.

The information on our site is intended to be used for informational and educational purposes only. It’s not our intention to advise our readers how to skirt the laws in their jurisdiction, and we always advise anyone using our site to obey their local legislative requirements regarding online gambling and any other matter.