Casinos Accepting Interac
In Canada, we like to do things a little bit differently. While the rest of the world using Visa and Mastercard, we use Interac. Not necessarily a bad thing, but making some payments online can be a little bit different...particularly if you are playing at an online casino.
Interac is the main debit card system in Canada. Chances are that if you have a bank account, then you will have been issued with an Interac card. As mentioned previously; it is unlikely that you will be given a Visa or a Mastercard within Canada. Interac is essentially responsible for all electronic payment systems in the country. It is owned by the banks, so operates as a ‘non-profit’ which does carry a few advantages. The downside is that, on occasion, it can be a little bit difficult to make payments overseas if you only have an Interac card as not all overseas systems will be set-up to deal with it. However, if you only ever end up playing at Canadian online casinos then this is probably not going to be an issue for you anyway.
Paying with your Interac Card
Your payment card is still going to be a debit card, which means that you can play at any online casino which accepts credit or debit cards. It is worth noting that because the Interac system is a wildly different system to Visa or Mastercard, there is a chance that you may not be able to use the card outside of the country. So, this means that you will not be able to play at any European online casinos (we know that some Canadians love to do that!)
Use your card as if you were making any other payment online. Tap in your card details and you should be good to go. If you are lucky enough to win any money at the online casino, then you will be able to withdraw the cash directly to your bank account.
This is actually one of the major benefits to using Interac when you are playing at an online casino. Not many online casinos offer it at the moment, but we have no doubt that they will in the future. This service will enable you to automatically pay the vendor using money from your bank account. There is no sharing of bank details or anything like that, which makes it secure. You will need to be a customer of one of these banks, though:
- TD Canada Trust
So, four of the five largest banks in the country. If you have CIBC, then you will be using Visa Debit, so the service will be a little bit different there. Make sure that you consult with your bank, as you will need to set the service up with them directly.
Interac Email Money Transfer
This is a service which most Canadian online casinos are not offering, but a few may do. With this service, all you need is the email address of the casino (they will have a dedicated payment email address) and you send the money to them like that. It is, essentially, the same as using PayPal to make a payment. This is a quick and easy payment method. However, as mentioned, the majority of online casinos do not offer this service. We are unsure as to why.
We have actually encountered a few online casinos in Canada which will allow you to make withdrawals using the email money transfer system. There may be a few fees involved, however. This means that you may want to use this option as a ‘last resort’ and go for one of the other options that Interac has in place for you.
Online Casinos in Canada Accepting Interac Deposits & Withdrawals
Our team have put together a list of some of our favourite online casinos below. All of them will allow you to deposit money using your card which uses the Interac system. They will enable you to withdraw it too. Some of them will also allow you to use Interac Online Payments, although you will need to set this service up with your bank first if you want to take advantage of it properly.
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