Visa Electron Online Casinos
Visa Electron is a debit card accepted by many online casinos. Banks in Australia, Canada, Republic of Ireland and the United States do not issue the card. It is available in all other countries serviced by Visa.
The main difference between Visa debit cards and the Electron product is that it's not possible to overdraw the linked account with Electron. This makes a good bankroll management tool for online players who may be tempted to push the limits sometimes.
Where can I use Visa Electron?
Not all online casinos accept the card, but if you see the Visa logo, it's worth a try. If you don't see the Electron logo, there's a good chance it may be rejected whether you have funds available or not.
Some younger customers who are still establishing credit use Electron as their first debit card. People with less than stellar credit often hold the card as well, sometimes because they are unable to get a Visa Debit card with limited overdraft protection.
Banks that issue Visa Debit cards will often allow a new customer to apply for a standard card after being with the firm for six months or a year without any instances of an overdrawn account.
Other Electron Services
While not useful for gambling purchases, Visa does allow emergency cash advances on the card if approved by the issuing bank.
The cards are mostly used for in-person point of sale (POS) purchases. Most POS merchants have "electronic data capture" abilities, so they are able to confirm whether there are funds in the associated account right away. If the merchant, usually a restaurant or bar, uses an old-fashioned sliding receipt maker, they are not likely to accept the card.
Should I apply for an Electron?
While it's not a card we would recommend applying for, if you already have one, there are several European gaming sites and a few US sites that will accept deposits with the card. Scroll the list below to see highlighted text or the flag of your country to find gaming sites that indicate they accept this particular card.
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