PokerStars offers eCheck service to U.S. customers

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Some U.S. customers at PokerStars may be pleasantly surprised to find they have an easier deposit option now. PokerStars is returning the eCheck service to some of its loyal American customers.

eChecks are the first instant-deposit option available to U.S. players at PokerStars since NETeller pulled out of the U.S. online gambling market.

"Instant eChecks are now available to a limited number of players, with plans to make eChecks available to all U.S. players in the near future," says a message on the cashier section of the Web site.

Using eChecks is like writing a paper check and sending it to PokerStars, only it all happens electronically instead. The player will provide the poker site with the following information so that the money can be taken directly from their checking account via Electronic Fund Transfer:

  • Bank routing number
  • Bank account number
  • Social Security number
  • Date of birth
  • Phone number
  • Charge amount

The minimum amount that can be transferred via eCheck is $25. There is a $600 maximum within 24 hours and within seven days, and a $2,000 maximum within 30 days.

The first eCheck deposit will have to go through an extensive verification process, meaning it may not be "instant" the first time around. However, once that first deposit is cleared, and as long as there are no issues on a player's depositing record, PokerStars says players can expect instant depositing after that.

Players wanting to withdraw money from their PokerStars account can use the service to re-deposit their money back into their checking account as well. But the terms and services state this is not guaranteed and is subject to change at any time.

There is also a message from PokerStars saying it is not responsible for the amount of time that deposits take, and the service is subject to banking regulations so deposits are made at the players' own risk.

The service is provided by DUN Finance, which according to its Web site has been processing online transactions for Web sites since 2001.

"DUN Finance Inc. was created to serve the needs of consumers looking for a fast, safe and convenient way to purchase goods or services over the Internet," says the company on its site.

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