How to Deposit at Western Union Betting Sites
This is a multi-stage process. The big advantage is that at the end of it you are certain to have made your deposit successfully. Other US deposit methods do get declined (usually by US banks). As you will see from the process below, transferring to an individual helps avoid this situation.
You’ll need a player account at your betting site first of all. This should be easy to set up, with just a simple e-mail verification step needed. After that you need to get in touch with the support staff at your sportsbook and ask them to help you arrange a Western Union deposit.
They will give you the name and location of the recipient of your transfer – which will usually be an individual collecting the money on their behalf. They will also give you a tracking number which you can send along with your wire.
Next you locate your closest branch office, and the cashier there will wire your money. There is a charge for this (that is how the Western Union business operates). Some betting sites will refund these fees for deposits over a certain amount. You’ll get a 10-digit transaction number along with your receipt – and will normally need to e-mail this number to your site to help reconcile the transaction.
If your transaction is during working hours and things go smoothly, you can have the money in your account in just a couple of hours. Sometimes it can be a little slower than this.
Some (though by no means all) betting sites will also allow you to withdraw using Western Union’s system. This can take up to three days to arrange, and you’ll then go to your closest branch and pick up the cash.
Checking That Western Union Betting Sites Are Legitimate
US sports bettors are served by sites which are based either in the Caribbean or Central America. There are many long-running and entirely reputable brands out there, though it can still make sense to do some checks up front to make sure you are depositing at a legitimate Western Union betting site.
The first thing we look for is a license. These are issued by many jurisdictions, including Costa Rica, Panama, Netherlands Antilles and Antigua. While a license alone is not enough to completely trust a site, the lack of one means you should not be depositing.
We like to see badges and certifications that any gambling activities like poker or casino games at a site are externally tested for game-fairness. A responsible gambling policy and several different recognized deposit methods are also good signs. It is a sportsbook’s reputation for fast and no-hassle payouts that is the strongest sign. If there are no major complaints or scandals highlighted online and your betting site has more than five year’s reputation you can feel a lot more confident about depositing.
What to Look Out For At Western Union Betting Sites
Once you have found legitimate sportsbooks, it is time to compare the benefits and features and see which site is the best for you. There are several criteria to look at here. Remember, it makes sense to join multiple books, as this will allow you to shop for the best lines and have a choice of the many different bet types.
Bonuses are top of our list. All the books have a welcome bonus, usually in the form of a percentage of your first deposit. Don’t forget to check the play-through requirements, as these can vary widely between the books.
Most books will have the main bets on the big-4 US sports. If you want to enjoy sports outside of NFL, MLB, NHL and NBA then you’ll need to be a little more selective. College sports, international sports and areas like motor-racing and golf is covered more in-depth at some betting sites than others.
Finally, make sure you find a betting site that offers you competitive lines –over time, bonuses and promotions alone will not make up for those small differences in the spreads that make the difference between a winning and losing wager.