Online poker sites could seriously be impacted by the withdrawal of NETELLER and Skrill from 100 countries. The two most commonly used payment options at numerous popular online poker sites will no longer provide their prepaid MasterCard services to customers in 100 countries.
This announcement was made by the parent company Paysafe Group via a recent email to their customers leaving poker players now desperate to find alternative and reliable ways to receive withdrawals.
“We regret to inform you that as of November 25, 2016, we will no longer offer the Skrill Prepaid MasterCard® in your country,” the letter stated. “You will not be able to use your card but your Skrill Account remains fully functional and your balance is unaffected. You can withdraw funds from your Skrill Account to your bank account or send money to any other Skrill user or online business accepting Skrill.”
Among countries to be affected will be the likes of Australia, New Zealand, Colombia and Brazil. European nations and European Economic Area (EEA) including Switzerland, Norway, Austria, France, Italy and the UK will not be affected however by this change.
This news comes as a blow to the online poker players of the countries affected as players do not like waiting for weeks to receive their money after they have requested a cash-out. The e-wallet services of NETELLER an Skrill offer the convenience of transferring the money from the online poker site to a prepaid Mastercard. Once transferred to the prepaid card, it becomes available for use anywhere that Mastercard is accepted which happens to be almost everywhere nowadays.
NETELLER and Skrill backing out of 100 countries will cause problems as many poker players will now not be able to access their money as fast the Paysafe Group companies services allowed. Other standard withdrawals options include bank wire transfer and Entropay neither of which are as fast as NETELLER and Skrill.