As previously stated, most sportsbetting sites tend to accept checks as valid payment.
There are probably more, for the record. But these are the most prominent sites. And even with this tool at your disposal, it’s always a good idea to check and make sure your sportsbook accepts checks.
Some don’t, and that number will only increase as time goes on and electronic payment gains even more popularity. So when you see a sportsbook on this list, that’s a good sign. But you should always double check—especially if you are a new user who is trying to join a sportsbook that specifically takes checks.
Though paying by check is one of the oldest forms of sportsbetting payment, this method is currently overlooked in today’s gambling world. The instant gratitude you get when using a credit card, debit card, wire transfer or bank transfer reigns supreme, and that has rendered check-betting almost obsolete.
But it’s not obsolete yet. Many, if not most, of the sportsbetting sites out there accept checks, both for new and established customers. While they take some time to process, they are considered a rather safe form of payment. Since you’re signing the amount over to one specific company, it cannot be cashed by just anyone. That’s security.
You’re also not leaving an electronic trail, so you won’t be subject to hackers. Of course, your check does have your account information and bank routing number, but it’s difficult for criminals to do much with the information on these little slips of paper without more personal intel that would be available on your computer.
Plus, some people just like to get used to the process. Many bettors still cash out in check form, and they like to forge some end-to-end consistency, so they use checks to make deposits as well.
Still, and this cannot be said enough, checks won’t help replenish your sportsbook purses in a timely fashion. You have to mail them in, and delivery typically takes two to three days at minimum. Sportsbook sites will then need around one day to process the funds—and that’s assuming the bank clears the check amount right away. That can take time itself, and deposits won’t be going through outside business hours.
If you’re looking for instant deposits, you’ll want to stick with the vast array of electronic payment methods that remain available.
To start paying at your sportsbook by check, first make sure it’s an accepted form of payment. This information can typically be found somewhere on the website in question, under the frequently asked questions or payment methods sections. If it’s not readily accessible, you can always call or email the sportsbook’s customer service.
Once that’s all cleared up, you’ll write out the check as you would for any other transaction. Some websites have specific instructions on whom you should make it out to, but for the most part, the company name goes on the recipient’s line.
Upon filling out the check, complete with the amount you’ll be depositing, you will then have to mail it. The necessary address should again be available on the sportsbook’s site. If it’s not, talk to a customer service representative. And while you are at it, make sure you know how much postage is required for your check to reach the intended destination.
After sending out the check, you will need to allow at least a few days for it to be reflected in your account. Sportsbooks sites will usually provide a normal timeframe to give you an idea of how long it takes, but this isn’t gospel. Holidays, business hours, time differences and the time it takes a bank to clear a check, among other things, will all factor into the waiting period.
As soon as the funds have been approved, though, they should be in your account. At that point, you’re free to begin betting.
Try getting in the habit of writing your account number with the bookmaker on the back of the check, just in case it somehow gets separated from your envelope or anything like that. You can also send a cover letter in the envelope with the check as an extra precaution.
Finally, it’s recommended that you keep a copy of the check, or even just write the check number and transaction amount, for your records. This way, when the funds come out of your checking or savings account you’ll know why. For that matter, you should be making sure money is being withdrawn. If it’s not, you run the risk of overdrawing on your own behalf or having the transaction rejected if you use up all the money in your account before factoring in the amount of the check that has yet to be processed.