iDEAL is a payment processing system that allows you to make a bank transfer from your online banking account into your online poker account. iDEAL poker deposits follow a similar procedure to a bank transfer, with the difference being that your funds are credited instantly to your poker account – rather than having to wait 3-5 business days for them to clear.
iDEAL poker deposits are free to use, but only available to poker players from the Netherlands who have accounts with specific banks. It is important to note that, although iDEAL is a secure and convenient way to fund an online poker account, it is not possible to withdraw funds using iDEAL. To receive your winnings, you will have to use an alternate withdrawal method.
Best Poker Sites that Accept iDEAL Deposits
Most online poker sites that provide a service to Dutch players will allow you to make poker deposits with iDEAL. Typically you can deposit as little as €10 or as much as €5,000, and there are no fees attached to your transaction. The table below shows a selection of the top iDEAL poker sites.
Advantages of Using iDEAL to Fund Your Poker Account
Using iDEAL to fund an online poker account has several advantages. It is instant, secure and you do not have to give your bank account details to the poker site. The payment is processed through
Collecting Payment Service Providers, who have to be licensed before they can process payments on behalf of an online poker site.
Making poker deposits with iDEAL is remarkably straightforward. You simply visit the cashier page and click deposit. Click on the iDEAL logo, to enter the deposit amount and poker site bonus code (if applicable) and you will then be taken to the iDEAL website. On the iDEAL website, select the bank at which you have an online account. You will be redirected to your bank´s website to complete the transaction. Confirm the amount you wish to deposit and you will receive an instant confirmation.
Disadvantages of Using iDEAL to Fund Your Poker Account
I have already mentioned one the disadvantages of using iDEAL to fund an online poker account – the inability to withdraw funds back to your bank account with the same speed. You can transfer it back to your bank account, but it will have to be a normal bank withdrawal which might take a couple of days. Another is one of my pet hates. Not keeping your poker money separate from your general fund. Being able to easily transfer funds from your bank account means that you might put more money onto a poker site than you can comfortably afford to lose.
It is also impossible to reverse an iDEAL transaction once it has been confirmed. This is because, even though you have the funds in your poker account, the poker site itself does not receive the money for 3-5 working days. If reverse transactions were allowed, you could blow your bankroll during a particularly bad session and then try to recover your money through a clawback.
iDEAL Poker Deposit Q&As
Do I need an account with iDEAL to take advantage of this deposit option?
No. iDEAL is just the payment processing system. All you need is an online banking facility with a bank that allows poker deposits with iDEAL.
Which banks allow iDEAL poker deposits?
More banks are being added all the time. At the moment, the list of banks includes:
- ING Bank
- ABN AMRO
- SNS Bank
- Friesland Bank
- SNS Regio Bank
- ASN Bank
- Triodos Bank
- Van Lanschot Bankiers
Do I have to live in the Netherlands to use iDEAL?
Not necessarily. Some banks outside of the Netherlands offer an instant deposit facility using iDEAL. If you bank does not offer this facility, check out the other options for making a deposit at an online poker site.