PayPal and online eWallets

Dave182

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Hi everyone,

Just a heads up about UKGC liscenced online casinos who accept PayPal and other ewallet merchants.

It seems casinos are able to bypass certain laws here which doesn't really sit well with me as a self confessed problem gambler.

I had a few issues I won't go into here with William Hill who accept no liability nor PayPal for that fact. However it seems if a player has a gambling freeze on a debit card it is possible to still deposit via PayPal (seems completely counter productive as most casinos accept PayPal).

My biggest concern is that PayPal admitted that its entirely possible to top up a PayPal balance with a credit card then deposit to an online casino as they never share the payment method with a merchant. As you are all probably aware this is now illigeal as per new UKGC legislation which came into affect in April of this year.

All seems to be 1 step forward 2 steps back for me, is it just me or is this completely counterproductive? Casinos should be working with merchants to iron all this stuff out, it's leaving problem gambler completely exposed to backdoor entrances when they have made efforts to stop this.

How do we work on fixing this to ensure vulnerable people are protected?

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colinsunderland

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Paypal first line support are pretty awful, a bit like most casinos live chat. There are measures in place to stop credit card funded paypal accounts being used for gambling transaction, as there is on other payment wallets. You can get round it fairly easily, but if someone really wants to use a credit card they will.
 

Dave182

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Paypal first line support are pretty awful, a bit like most casinos live chat. There are measures in place to stop credit card funded paypal accounts being used for gambling transaction, as there is on other payment wallets. You can get round it fairly easily, but if someone really wants to use a credit card they will.
They said all you would have to do is transfer the funds to the PayPal balance, then deposit to the online casino. Completely pointless, they need to be help to the same regulations here. There needs to be some communication between them otherwise these steps are completely pointless.
 

danofthewibble

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You can't regulate everything. And I have at least one card which does not allow gambling transactions at all, and it's never been possible to use it for that purpose through Skrill or Paypal. Even if it appears as an option, the card provider still blocks it at authorisation stage.

There are of course ways around the credit card block, e.g. withdraw cash, pay the cash to Paypal's bank details. But the idea is to make it more difficult - you can't stop everything.
 

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Debit cards ok to use through any MSB:s, Credit cards not. If you can deposit with method which is funded by credit card, operator should not allow it. Some casino operators might not be fully up to date with these and still allow some deposits which are funded by credit card (like Revolut which is used as example here) but most should be by now.

Paypal support probably don't follow every industry they process payments, wouldn't be surprised if they all can't list all exceptions and regulations to payments they process.

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colinsunderland

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Revolut isn't a credit card? It's also impossible to deposit with into casinos, which is a pain as its the main account I used. Can't fund Skrill or Paypal using it, to deposit with.
 

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Revolut isn't a credit card? It's also impossible to deposit with into casinos, which is a pain as its the main account I used. Can't fund Skrill or Paypal using it, to deposit with.

Nope, but it can be topped up with credit card so therefore it shouldn't be allowed anymore for UK players, others it's ok.

I have no problems with Revolut deposits but probably have different BIN in it than UK customers or places where i use it only have blocked these BIN:s from UK (what at least should be done).

edit: Seems Revolut themselves stopping gambling transactions in UK:

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colinsunderland

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yeah they did, but you can use credit cards on plenty of other similar services and they are allowed. Fact is, Revolut is a Mastercard debit card, not a credit card and not subject to the UKGC ban, despite what Revolut claim.
 

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yeah they did, but you can use credit cards on plenty of other similar services and they are allowed. Fact is, Revolut is a Mastercard debit card, not a credit card and not subject to the UKGC ban, despite what Revolut claim.

UK licensed casinos shouldn't accept these transactions from these services. Many casinos blocked them before Revolut themselves (didn't know before now that they have done something like that, still last week some operators received Revolut deposits before they realized they need to block them from UK).

Like in this link i posted above (again below), UKGC expect casinos not to accept these kind of deposits from MSB:s which can be funded with credit card. Just start to contact all who does, they should get it fixed :)

For clarity, and further to specific queries raised by operators, this includes electronic money institutions such as Revolut which has confirmed that its customers can add money using credit cards. Operators must therefore put systems in place to prevent gambling payments from these products.

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k6kaysix

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Rizk accepted in that if you had no PayPal balance you could go through PayPal and pay using your linked bank account (very dangerous - payments do not actually leave your actual bank until several days later, could probably get into debt!)

LeoVegas accept PayPal but seemed to force linking up a debit card to your PayPal rather than the above bank method

Of course there are always work arounds! If you are really that desperate you could get a credit card, go to a cash machine, withdraw physical cash (for a very handsome fee of course!), then bank transfer it into a PayPal account (just a standard bank transfer with a specific reference ID, I believe you could carry this out at a high street bank branch even if you didn't have a bank account with said bank!)
 

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Or just buy pre-paid cards/vouchers and use them. It's just something UKGC wanted and now no deposits related to credit card should be accepted. There are loads of workarounds like above, but these providers you can top-up with credit card shouldn't be allowed.

Paypal is easiest to link certain card, then it's easy to know if it's debit or credit, Skrill and others have option to opt-in/out gambling transactions etc.. Not sure how much this make people life better but they got what they wanted and can now say they don't let people gamble with credit (of course you can take payday loans with huge interest but main thing was to ban credit cards).
 

Mr_Slot5

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Surely the individual has to take some responsibility for their actions, addicted or not?

The UK is becoming regulated to within an inch of its life already; in this quasi-nanny state, if people want to try and circumvent guidelines then that's their own look out. It does, however, take the biscuit when people look to circumvent of their own accord and then go whingeing that it was possible to do so.

The vast majority of us are thoroughly sick and fed up of intrusiveness into our gambling life because their is a vocal minority who feel they are owed something back because of their addiction. It sounds harsh but if you have an addiction you have a choice to make...a hard route or an easy route. The easy route is to give in to your urges, the hard route takes will power and resolve and comes from within, not via someone fixing it for you.

Most addictions are linked to mental health issues and until the underlying cause is sorted, the addictions will be there in the background. There are a myriad of counsellors who specialise in gambling related anxiety and depression etc which are more effective than the arbitrary guidelines of the UKGC etc in the protection of players. Again, it takes personal accountability and acceptance to get to that point though.
 

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Paypal and many ewallets are now dinosaurs in the real world. They are both slow and cumbersome compared to what we have over here in Hong Kong and China. With the Fast Payment System anyone can register with a bank and send/receive money within seconds provided you register it with your phone number, email account or FPS ID. These old fossils need a real overhaul to compete in the fast-moving world.

Paypal had made it clear when they were swallowed by ebay more than a decade ago they do not get involved in funding of gambling so on this alone the casino in question is unethical. Folks should avoid this one.
 

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Surely the individual has to take some responsibility for their actions, addicted or not?

The UK is becoming regulated to within an inch of its life already; in this quasi-nanny state, if people want to try and circumvent guidelines then that's their own look out. It does, however, take the biscuit when people look to circumvent of their own accord and then go whingeing that it was possible to do so.

The vast majority of us are thoroughly sick and fed up of intrusiveness into our gambling life because their is a vocal minority who feel they are owed something back because of their addiction. It sounds harsh but if you have an addiction you have a choice to make...a hard route or an easy route. The easy route is to give in to your urges, the hard route takes will power and resolve and comes from within, not via someone fixing it for you.

Most addictions are linked to mental health issues and until the underlying cause is sorted, the addictions will be there in the background. There are a myriad of counsellors who specialise in gambling related anxiety and depression etc which are more effective than the arbitrary guidelines of the UKGC etc in the protection of players. Again, it takes personal accountability and acceptance to get to that point though.


I disagree with you here. As somebody who is not addicted to gambling, I support more regulation and think most people do. I think most gamblers know the industry is full of dodgy characters and companies and want them to be regulated to hell and back. It is counter productive of you as a consumer to attack the victims of gambling addiction instead of the gambling companies. It absolutely is a shady industry, and regulation is needed.

I rarely meet gamblers who don't think the industry is shady.
 

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I disagree with you here. As somebody who is not addicted to gambling, I support more regulation and think most people do. I think most gamblers know the industry is full of dodgy characters and companies and want them to be regulated to hell and back. It is counter productive of you as a consumer to attack the victims of gambling addiction instead of the gambling companies. It absolutely is a shady industry, and regulation is needed.

I rarely meet gamblers who don't think the industry is shady.

Tbf, although there are outliers, i don't think there's an abundance of dodgy casinos with a UK licence (888 etc excluded) - the increased regulation isn't going to make a jot of difference to the true dodgy ones as they'll simply operate as they always have done and there's not a lot, seemingly, the UKGC or others can/will do anyhow.

What other additional regulation do you want to see out of curiosity?

Not sure the bulk of people want more regulation, maybe better/more targeted regulation - certain politicians/pressure groups/The Guardians activists (sorry, journalists) obviously do so they can try and catch a ride on the wave of populism.
 

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UK licensed casinos shouldn't accept these transactions from these services. Many casinos blocked them before Revolut themselves (didn't know before now that they have done something like that, still last week some operators received Revolut deposits before they realized they need to block them from UK).

Like in this link i posted above (again below), UKGC expect casinos not to accept these kind of deposits from MSB:s which can be funded with credit card. Just start to contact all who does, they should get it fixed :)



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What revolut could do is put a system in place whereby money added from a credit card can't be used for gambling transaction codes. Same as Skrill have done for years.

I do actually agree with the credit card ban, I said a few years ago they should be banned. You shouldn't be allowed to gamble on credit, it's far to easy to chase losses.
 

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Tbf, although there are outliers, i don't think there's an abundance of dodgy casinos with a UK licence (888 etc excluded) - the increased regulation isn't going to make a jot of difference to the true dodgy ones as they'll simply operate as they always have done and there's not a lot, seemingly, the UKGC or others can/will do anyhow.

What other additional regulation do you want to see out of curiosity?

Not sure the bulk of people want more regulation, maybe better/more targeted regulation - certain politicians/pressure groups/The Guardians activists (sorry, journalists) obviously do so they can try and catch a ride on the wave of populism.

I have played at alot of online casinos in the UK, and find the majority of them are shady. Even casinos rated highly are shady. For example, Trada (before the move to aspire), they broke UKGC regulations and then doubled down and denied it all when I approached them about it. I contacted the UKGC and forwarded the email explaining to them why they are wrong and they told me they do not care and I was just fishing for a refund (something I never asked for). I contacted the manager and she ignored me. I put in a request for my data shortly after, and they ignored me. They ignored me for months. Then I called them out over it on here and they immediately sent me my data. All very nice on here, but extremely rude via customer service.

Because I am not somebody who lets things go. The issue with Trada was allowing me to deposit and gamble without being verified. It would have been easy for me to just send my ID and move on. Most people would have and moved on. I did send my ID but I wouldn't allow them to just move on from it. I don't let things go. I will whine on and on about a casino who breaks regulations and refuses to fix the issues. I understand mistakes, but cannot and will not allow casinos to double down on mistakes. It happens so much in this industry.

One that comes to mind immediately is reverse withdrawal option. That should not be allowed at any UKGC licensed casino. More needs to be done about asking for verification at withdrawal. Casinos find ways around this by claiming AML laws. They will verify you at registration (as they should) but then claim AML on a small withdrawal so they can delay a withdrawal and drag it out for a week or two. During that time your withdrawal can easily be reversed.
 

Dave182

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I disagree with you here. As somebody who is not addicted to gambling, I support more regulation and think most people do. I think most gamblers know the industry is full of dodgy characters and companies and want them to be regulated to hell and back. It is counter productive of you as a consumer to attack the victims of gambling addiction instead of the gambling companies. It absolutely is a shady industry, and regulation is needed.

I rarely meet gamblers who don't think the industry is shady.
I completely agree with you here mate, I think it's right the industry sjould be heavily regulated. Just seems like with every new step taken there is always a back door some how that operators are turning a blid eye to this.

Sometimes it's not as easy as being addicted then calling it a day. These steps are ment to be put in place on the off chance that you show a sign of weakness and get a 'computer says no' kind of response stopping any type of damage being done. But that simply is not happening, the banks adhere to the rules so why should ewallet providers not have to stick to the policy's of they are providing a service for gambling merchants.
 

Dave182

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I have played at alot of online casinos in the UK, and find the majority of them are shady. Even casinos rated highly are shady. For example, Trada (before the move to aspire), they broke UKGC regulations and then doubled down and denied it all when I approached them about it. I contacted the UKGC and forwarded the email explaining to them why they are wrong and they told me they do not care and I was just fishing for a refund (something I never asked for). I contacted the manager and she ignored me. I put in a request for my data shortly after, and they ignored me. They ignored me for months. Then I called them out over it on here and they immediately sent me my data. All very nice on here, but extremely rude via customer service.

Because I am not somebody who lets things go. The issue with Trada was allowing me to deposit and gamble without being verified. It would have been easy for me to just send my ID and move on. Most people would have and moved on. I did send my ID but I wouldn't allow them to just move on from it. I don't let things go. I will whine on and on about a casino who breaks regulations and refuses to fix the issues. I understand mistakes, but cannot and will not allow casinos to double down on mistakes. It happens so much in this industry.

One that comes to mind immediately is reverse withdrawal option. That should not be allowed at any UKGC licensed casino. More needs to be done about asking for verification at withdrawal. Casinos find ways around this by claiming AML laws. They will verify you at registration (as they should) but then claim AML on a small withdrawal so they can delay a withdrawal and drag it out for a week or two. During that time your withdrawal can easily be reversed.

Completely agree with you on the reverse withdrawal option, in March the UKGC outlined that all liscenced operators should put this in place with immediate affect to help protect vulnerable people during the lockdown. This is something William Hill have not yet implemented. I used to work in business development maintaining systems and know for a fact this is an afternoons work at best.
 
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