Published Published: July 10, 2019 Updated Updated: August 20, 2019

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Operators Accepting Switch Payments

About Switch

There are all sorts of payment methods that online casinos and betting sites accept these days. From credit and debit cards to prepaid cards, e-wallets and even cryptocurrencies, the options available to choose from at a typical gambling site are diverse and plentiful. Most UK gambling sites let you choose from over half a dozen different payment methods.

Many UK gamblers will remember Switch. This was a fairly popular debit card that was circulated and used throughout the UK from 1988 until 2002 when it was officially discontinued following the brand’s merger with Maestro. Maestro is an international debit card that’s owned by MasterCard and came into service back in 1992. It’s one of many payment options for UK players and is very widely accepted.

When it comes to gambling online, you should still be able to use your Switch card to carry out transactions. Pretty much every site that accepts Switch will also accept Maestro; however, there may be some that accept Maestro but not Switch. If you have a Switch card and you’re keen to use it for online gambling, double-check your card will be accepted at the site before signing up to it.

Making Payments with Switch

Deposits made with Switch should reach your casino account pretty much straight away. Once you’ve made your deposit, you’ll be able to start gambling online for real money, whether you’re playing casino games or placing bets on sporting events.

As for withdrawals, they will take a couple of working days at least. Casinos and betting sites can take anything from a few hours to a few working days to process withdrawal requests. The time it takes for this to happen depends on the site and is the same for all payment methods the site accepts. Once a withdrawal request has been processed, if you’re using Switch or Maestro, you’ll probably have to wait two to three working days on average for your money to reach you.

Advantages

The main advantage to using Switch (or Maestro) is the fact that it’s a debit card. With a debit card, you can only spend however much money is in your account. This is convenient for online gambling, as it puts a limit on how much you can spend and helps prevent you from gambling too much and becoming addicted to it. Generally speaking, the cards are very easy to use, plus they’re about as safe and secure as anything, so your payments well-protected at all times.

Most of the time, you should be able to use your card without having any extra fees charged. Online casinos don’t usually charge you for using Switch or Maestro; the payment service provider itself shouldn’t impose any fees for using the payment method at online gambling sites either. So if you’re looking to use Switch for online gambling, you should be able to do so without facing any additional costs.

Disadvantages

The main disadvantage to using Switch (or Maestro) is that at some gambling sites, you’ll only be able to use your card for deposits. There are a number of payment methods that you can’t use for withdrawals at some gambling sites. If you come across a site that accepts Switch but only for deposits, you’ll have to have a second payment method ready to use for withdrawals – obviously, you’ll have to check the casino accepts your second payment method for withdrawals.

Conclusion

Online gambling sites continue to make it easy and convenient for you to carry out transactions. Generally speaking, the more payment methods a site accepts, the better. UK players have plenty of choices available to them at casinos and betting sites. A particularly popular payment method that used to be widespread in the UK was the debit card Switch. This was effectively replaced by Maestro, which is among the most popular options for those looking to gamble online for real money. With Switch no longer being in circulation, it’s not listed at too many sites, though you will find somewhere it’s listed among the accepted payment methods.

Switch and Maestro are both very good options for carrying out transactions at online gambling sites. They’re convenient, easy to use and secure; even if you’re a complete beginner and haven’t gambled online before, you should have no problem using Switch or Maestro.

Before signing up to a casino or betting site that accepts Switch, do some shopping around. Come up with a list of different sites and see which one appeals to you the most. The first one you come across might not necessarily have the best to offer, after all. Stick with Switch and Maestro for reliable, safe online gambling payments.

FAQs

You’re unable to get a new Switch card since the card’s been discontinued. You can, however, apply for a Maestro card – Maestro is essentially the newer version of Switch.

Yes, you’ll be able to claim casino bonuses using Switch. Online casinos and betting sites have all sorts of special offers with a wide range of different bonuses available to claim. At some sites, you can’t claim particular bonuses if you’re using certain payment methods, such as Neteller or Skrill. Thankfully, you should be able to claim all bonuses if you’re using Switch.

You’ll be pleased to learn that many gambling sites accept Maestro as a payment method. A lot of them will accept it for both deposits and withdrawals, so you won’t have to worry about linking a second payment method to your account to make withdrawals with.

You’ll be pleased to learn that many gambling sites accept Maestro as a payment method. A lot of them will accept it for both deposits and withdrawals, so you won’t have to worry about linking a second payment method to your account to make withdrawals with.

Lots of sites will have Maestro listed as an accepted payment method. However, some sites that do accept it don’t actually have it listed. If you’re visiting a new site and you see MasterCard listed, there’s a good chance the site will accept Maestro, since Maestro is owned by MasterCard. However, you should always double-check before signing up, just to be sure.

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