- Attached to Discover card network
- High limits on deposits
- Use like you would any other credit card
Betting Sites Accepting JCB Sites
Below you will find any sportsbooks that are currently accepting deposits via the JCB card. Some of the most well known are Bet Online and Top Bet, and there will be others.
In addition to this list, you should also consider doing your own research. Just because a site isn't included as a JCB-friendly proprietor doesn't mean they won't accept the card.
If you are a member of a sportsbook, or thinking about registering with one, that isn't captured above, simply check out their payment method page to see if JCB cards are listed. And if you still can't find anything, a quick inquiry to the customer service department can get you a definitive answer.
Never undervalue asking about services you don't see. You will be surprised at how accommodating sportsbooks can be with certain things.
Of course, this works both ways. If Bet Online say it's accepting JCB cards, it probably is. But there is the chance that their policies have changed. That happens from time to time with sportsbooks and different payment methods.
Just to ensure that you won't be attempting to use an invalid form of payment, you can check out the website and/or speak with customer service, be it by phone, live chat or email, to make sure there won't be any problems.
JCB cards don't carry the same clout as American Express, Visa, Mastercard and Discover brands, but they can be just as effective when depositing money into your sportsbook account.
Discover, in fact, formed an alliance with JCB roughly 10 years ago that took official effect in 2011. So they are working with a very reputable parent company. JCB is also pretty big in certain territories outside the United States—especially Japan.
Inside the United States is a different story. Availability of the JCB card is limited. States other than California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Oregon and Washington do not have access to the JCB card. Basically, if you live outside some of the biggest/hotbed states, you're out of luck if you want to make deposits with JCB.
No matter where you live, there is always a risk that your deposit with the JCB card won't go through. This includes territories outside the United States. Some credit card companies don't like to push through gambling-related purchases—especially, if obviously, in areas where betting is considered illegal.
It's a good idea to check with your sportsbook to make sure there won't be any issues on the processing front. If you are still having problems, it's not too big a deal. The transaction will just be rejected, and you'll have to find another way of making deposits.
Now for some good news: There are different types of JCB cards, and none of them have fees. Some of them, though, should have rewards programs. Any deposit you make with a sportsbook, should it go through successfully, will count towards your points accumulation.
Unlike certain check and money order payments, the JCB card also won't impact your ability to capitalize on deposit bonuses that are being run by certain websites. If a bookmaker is offering to match 100 percent of your first deposit up to $250 and you throw $150 in your recently opened account, that sportsbook should award you another $150.
How To Pay With JCB Sites
Paying at sportsbooks with your JCB card isn't any different from using another credit card in the same place.
You will need to first apply for a JCB card. Once approved, you will be given a credit limit—the maximum you can put on the card. If your limit is $2,500, that's how much you'll be able to spend (i.e. deposit) before paying off your bill. These limits are based off your credit score, and the approval process cannot be started until you provide all the requisite personal information—name, birthdate, address, social security, etc.
To a similar end, sportsbooks will typically cap how much you can deposit with credit cards. It may be higher or lower than your actual limit. Either way, try to be aware of the maximum, which is usually listed on the site, before pushing the transaction through. That goes a long way toward preventing any issues.
Assuming everything unfolds smoothly and you obtain your JCB card, there isn't much that's left to do. Go to the deposit section of your sportsbook, choose an amount to put into your account, punch in the card number, expiration date and security code, and then submit your request.
If everything goes according to plan, you won't have to wait for your funds to be available. They will go into your account automatically and instantaneously. Realistically, every time you make a deposit with your JCB card, you should be able to make bets using that money within seconds.
That's the benefit of using JCB cards, along with other credit lines. Checks, money orders and MoneyGrams can take time. You are dealing with the postal service or, in the case of MoneyGram, intermediaries. There is no real middle man with credit cards, except for an international bank, which is equipped to approve valid transactions right away.
JCB cards won't take care of your withdrawals, though. Funds are only put on cards when they are refunds. All payouts will need to be done using bank wire transfers, checks, money orders, MoneyGrams, etc. Many of these take more time, so be prepared for longer waits when you are collecting your money.
Also be prepared to pay a few bucks for that money. It's usually a percentage or flat fee, and it applies to almost every withdrawal. Some sportsbooks will give you one free withdrawal per month; others won't even charge you up to a certain amount.
Whatever the case, JCB cards are a solid option, whenever possible, for deposits. They won't help you much when it comes to making withdrawals.