Founded in the United Kingdom in 2001, Skrill has become a convenient low-cost payment method for players to deposit to and withdraw from their online casino accounts. Skrill does not involve credit cards or debit cards, so these identifying payment methods stay completely out of the equation when dealing with the casino.
You just set up your account, fund your Skrill account, and then you can play when and where you want. You need only provide the casino with your email address and the funds flow – your personal banking details can remain anonymous. Not only that: on your first Skrill transaction, the funds flow freely thanks to the company’s own welcome bonus: your first transaction is fee-free, subject of course to their terms and conditions.
Skrill is easy to sign up for anywhere, including New Zealand. The signup process takes just a few minutes to set up your Skrill wallet and pool your payment details in one place. Once you have a Skrill wallet, you can send funds from bank accounts, cards or prepaid vouchers virtually instantly, so you never miss out on the action. You can send money to more than 200 countries.
Skrill is accepted by all major bookmakers, casinos and poker rooms, while your funds remain secure and your personal payment information protected. But do watch out for specific casino terms and conditions, as the ease of creating a Skrill account has caused some sites to restrict or prevent welcome bonuses, including free spins, for players who deposited with Skrill.
Notwithstanding this casino pushback, Skrill has expanded its services for players, offering special programmes for online bettors. For example, Skrill 1-Tap facilitates immediate, one-touch plays from your smartphone or tablet so you can always get funded on-demand at any moment. You can easily play with your balance and as a bonus you can get exclusive betting, casino and poker promotions from Skrill.
Not only that: the company has set up an ambitious VIP programme to offer high-rollers lower fees, 24/7 support and other extra benefits. The rules for entry into this exclusive club are straightforward: spend more using your Skrill wallet, and earn more benefits and rewards through membership. There are four tiers of VIPs, which you qualify for based on the sum of your transactions using Skrill in the previous quarter. The equivalent of €15,000 earns you Silver status, €45,000 gets you into the Gold tier, and €90,000 earns you the privileges that accompany Diamond level.
If you have a fat wallet, Skrill works hard to become your payment method of choice. The company offers a ‘100% money back’ guarantee with what it describes as ‘complete fraud protection’ using your Skrill security token. While everyone pays 1% to send money, silver tier-and-up VIP members don’t need to pay fees for card uploads and bank withdrawals. Their fee cap is reduced to €2 and FX transactions are reduced to under 2% for diamond tier VIPs. VIPs can also operate multi-currency accounts: the higher your level, the more currencies you can play with.
All VIPs gain access to a help desk 24 hours a day, while higher tier members are assigned a personal account manager. VIPs enjoy much lower fees. And the company claims that in 2016 it gave away more than a million of dollars in prizes to VIP members.
Skrill is one of the clearest and easiest banking methods. Signing up is free, as is your first transaction. The process is painless and you should be able to get through it in a few minutes. The only annoying thing is that, at least on the PC version of the site, a not-closeable popup window forces you to add a PIN and/or two-factor verification. A good idea to protect your money, to be sure, but we think it could be presented as an option not a requirement.
To upload funds to your account, Skrill accepts bank transfers or credit/debit card transactions. The company also offers its own branded prepaid Mastercard, which you can use to pull money from an ATM as long as you first verify your ID and maintain a balance of at least €10.
While some casinos discourage Skrill use by preventing the usage of welcome bonuses and free spins with money deposited in this way, other online casinos warmly welcome this method for opening an account, or adding funds. And Skrill itself has its own bonuses and spins on offer, and its own special relationships with selected casinos. You can get them on signup.
Skrill has emerged as a secure, quick and discreet method for New Zealand players to fund their online casino accounts and other transactions. Look into the VIP programme if you are a high-roller (or aspiring to be one) because that will substantially increase your levels of support and protection, while significantly reducing the fees you need to pay. Skrill offers its own bonus programmes as well, getting you special deals at participating casinos and directly rewarding you for using their transaction system.